Two days on, and I’m still not feeling great.
My eyes are swollen and red, I’m wheezing and coughing, and I would be lost without my nasal spray/ allergy eye drops/ Ventolin inhaler combo. I’m tired, knocked about, and feel in need of a good bloody sleep.
All of this because of pollen.
Humble, tiny, microscopic pollen.
As you have no doubt read, Melbourne has been through some pretty hectic weather.
On Monday evening, we experienced a rare and catastrophic chain of naturally-occuring 'weather events'. Searing 38 degree heat and extreme pollen levels sat heavy during the day, and as the afternoon headed towards evening, dark clouds moved overhead.
Us hayfever sufferers rejoiced at the idea of a cool change. Little did we know that the swirling storm winds were picking up the pollen and creating, essentially, a hayfever torture chamber.
As the sun set, residents across the city begun to experience tightness in the chest, wheezing, and other asthma symptoms. They're calling it, 'Thunderstorm Asthma'.
Robin Auld from Asthma Victoria spoke to the ABC, and says the condition was caused by the change in the size of pollen particles.
"What we understand is the heavy rain causes the rye grass pollen to absorb moisture and they then burst and become much smaller," he said.
"And those smaller particles can be dispersed very easily by wind over quite a distance. It's those smaller particles that can then get in through the nose, into the small bronchial tubes in the lungs and that's what causes the allergic reaction."
Normally, the rye grass pollen is much larger and gets trapped in the nose hairs, whereas on Monday they were sucked straight into the throat and lungs.