Category: <span>personal</span>

Mask season 2019

Cold and flu season is back again this year. Health authorities aren’t certain how intense this year’s season is compared to last season.  But I’m taking precautions, which means that cold and flu season is also Mask season. My experience with a series of contagious bugs leading to a hospital stay last spring has convinced…



When cold and allergy season overlap, April is the cruelest month

Cold and allergy season have overlapped more this year. This winter has been a long roller coaster alternating between cold and mild weather. As such, pollen begins flying around even as the late winter illnesses continue to pile upon each other. When I went to the ER two weeks ago, I thought it was a…



Masks, hospital isolation, protecting myself and the community

I had an unexpected adventure over the weekend. I went to the hospital ER a few nights ago due to asthma exacerbation and was surprised to find out that my asthma was acting up because of an RSV infection, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial (pronounced sin-SISH-uhl) Virus. While RSV is similar to a cold, it…



The fashion mask I use

I have written a lot about masks over the several months but have said nothing about the the fashion mask I use. I’ve felt, and still feel that I shouldn’t endorse any mask over another in this blog. A mask that works well for me might not work well for someone else, and vice versa….



with autumn allergies, a mask can be crucial

I wrote a few weeks ago about the ragweed season.  Now it’s officially autumn, and the leaves are falling in my area. And leaf mold and ragweed are now tag-teaming me to bring misery to my airways and sinuses.  I have already had one fall cold and continue to struggle to feel well.  And I’m…



ragweed season

Ragweed season is hitting early this year, and caught this maskedhipster unaware.  At least I think that’s what led to my 2 a.m. trip to the emergency room a few days ago. Usually the early warning signs that I need to take avoidance measures begin in my nose.  My nose will itch, run and sneeze…