I live in the Willamette Valley, which is beautiful, green, and temperate almost all year long. But the valley also has it's own little demon that shows its face every year, in late Spring, grass pollen. We grow somewhere around 90% of the grass seed for the WORLD here... and when you have a grass allergy and lung disease, that can be quite the challenge.
My allergies are not as severe as they were when I was younger, but it's always a challenge. My local paper did an article today that out lies how our "pollen soup" could effect the lung function of the elite athletes coming to town for the Olympic Trials. Imagine what that could do to little old me!
So lung function being up... a blessing indeed!