Indianapolis Pollen Counts for September 2014- Not too bad this year.

I am making progress. Up till now, sitting at a desk was painful. Over the weekend I was able to position myself at the microscope to read the numerous pollen rods that were collected over the month. I was also able to navigate to the computer to do the calculations.
I need to thank my wife Linda who climbed up that ladder to switch out the rods. She has helped keep this project going. Thank you dear!
My take on the data- Ragweed and weeds were not so bad this year as compared to last year and despite that old adage about the frost wiping out the pollens, we have had no frost and there are precious few weed/ragweed pollens out there.
When a patient says that they are doing better this year vs. last year, could it be due to effective medications. allergen immunotherapy, experimental therapies, or possibly that this year was not all that bad?
Here are the counts for September 2014.

September 28, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 28, 2014 weed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recuperating from surgery, a most welcome gift basket

It was two weeks ago today that I underwent a total hip replacement. Now both hips are bionic- or how about titanic ( does that work with titanium?) Convalescence is tough. The biggest issue is getting motivated. getting up and running- doing something. That will take time.
My wife brought home from IU North a get well card from the clinic team- thanks for all the encouraging comments guys. She also brought back a basket of goodies. That made my day!
According to Sara and Rachel, the basket is distinctly ‘Fred’ which means things that I have in the office, do in the office and talk about are represented.
Up front are two plants; a little terrarium and a Venus fly trap-Once I was successful with keeping cacti going, I ventured to the Bonsai tree. The newer one is going great. As for the Venus fly trap- watch ‘Little Shop of Horrors.
Behind the plants- candy, sustenance, sugar including a supply of product for my cotton candy maker. My daughter got that for me a few years ago. She knows that cotton candy is my favorite food. Interestingly, the cotton candy maker has only been out when the grandkids are with us. Of note, it a child can’t keep calories down due to a gastroenteritis, that melt in your mouth source of calories does tend to stay down.
The last row has three books, Mental Floss- always a good way to prevent brain decay, Sudoku, granddaughter Stella got me a Sudoku book for Christmas- I have not been able to complete even the first level of that book, perhaps this one can lead to more solutions. Lastly, Classic Trains- reviving Lionel Trains has been a recent hobby- the basement is full of them.
So thanks guys- yes truly a ‘Fred’ oriented basket.

Gift Basket 50x50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts from August 29th to September 2nd, 2014

Ragweed was at the high level Friday through today. Monday’s count was a guess- the rule is to turn off the counter when there is artificial turbulence in the immediate area around the Rotorod. That means I cut the power when I cut the grass. When that task was done- I should have turned the unit back on. The observation of absolutely nothing- a very clean rod- clearly indicated that it was not working.

Speaking of not working, I will not be allowed to scale the ladder to tend to the Rotorod. My surgeon tells me that those new parts need to take hold. So pollen counting will be suspended for about 5 weeks.
Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Catch up with you all later.

September 2, 2014 weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2, 2014ragweeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Thursday August 28th, 2014

Weed pollen (chenopods and ragweed) was high at 166. Ragweed accounted for 136 of the count.

August 28, 2014 weed

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 28, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Count for Wednesday August 27, 2014

Ragweed was high at 138 and the total ragweed and chenopod weed count today was 158.

August 27, 2014.png weed

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Ragweed counts were high today at 225. The total weed pollen count was 242, also high but very high according to the pollen website. The chenopods were moderate at 17 (17 chenopods and 225 ragweeds = 242 total for the weed pollen).

August 26, 2014 weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 26, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Monday August 25th, 2014

The total weed count was high today at 82. Ragweed accounted for 71 of the 82 weed pollen grains. The 11 other weeds were chenopods. Today’s count was less than what we had on this day in 2013 and it is in contrast to the forecast that appeared in the paper this morning. The pollen website predicted a very high count. The numbers would have to be over 500 grains of weed pollen to be very high.

August 25, 2014 weed

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts from August 16th to August 24th, 2014

I was on vacation this past week. We had a family gathering in Asheville, NC. What a wonderful time and such a beautiful place.
I had a pollen rod spinning during my absence. There is no way to get a daily count, however an average count for each of the 8 days may suffice. Ragweed was at the high level=74. Weeds were also high- with ragweed making up the vast majority of the weed pollens species seen..
That pollen rod was really busy. As I was looking it over, it seemed that every available site that something could stick to was occupied by a pollen, a mold spore, or debris. Today’s ragweed count was 83.

August 16-24, 2014 weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 16-24, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Ragweed Day, August 15th, 2014

Today is the official day that ragweed is supposed to make its appearance. I am not sure where that came from. I would think that it would be a conditional appearance for ragweed- sunlight, rain, wind etc.
Today the ragweed count was moderate at 40 and the total weed count was also moderate at 48.

August 15, 2014 weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 15, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Thursday August 14th, 2014

Weed pollen was still just into the high range with 52 grains of weed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled. Ragweed contributed 32 grains to that total. The ragweed count was moderate.

August 14, 2014 weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2014 ragweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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