By Carole Caine Special to Published Nov 05, 2015 at 7:14 PM

It’s allergy season in my house.

I have allergies, my dog Sydney has allergies and one of my cats has allergies. You can’t throw a stone in my home without hitting someone taking something for itchy skin, running nose or clogged up sinuses. So it should come as no surprise that we are grateful for the first hard frost, and we can put the meds away.

Recently, I found that my regular antihistamine was not doing the trick, and I was really having trouble sleeping. So, with my Walgreens card in hand, I did what every person would do: head to a store with the intention of self medicating. I decided that Benadryl might be the answer, and I walked out of the store with a giant bottle of it.

Huge mistake.

I decided to take two pills at night before bed. That was a very bad decision. One morning, I woke up with my head at the foot of the bed and my feet at the head. But that turned out to be the least interesting discovery of the morning.

After making my way downstairs, I found the remnants of cheese and crackers on the counter. I didn’t remember eating cheese and crackers the night before. Is it possible that in some Benadryl induced haze I had raided the fridge?

No! I refuse to believe it.

Two days later (after taking my self-prescribed Benadryl) I found myself standing at the kitchen counter holding a corn chip in my hand dipping it in the gallon jug of mayo I keep in my fridge.

Holy crap! I was making my way downstairs in the middle of the night to EAT!! I have no recollection of getting out of bed and making my way down the stairs. Thank goodness the keys to my car weren’t available – who knows where I might have ended up?

I’m not a doctor, but I have decided to go the old fashioned Milwaukee way of just having a glass of wine before bed. So far it’s worked out so much better.

Carole Caine Special to

Carole Caine comes from Beloit, but is a 30-year media veteran in Milwaukee. Prior to joining OnMilwaukee as a features contributor, she served as half of the popular “Dave and Carole” morning show.

Now, Carole serves a number of roles in Milwaukee media. She’s a host at WVTV-18 and fills in on “The Morning Blend.” She is also doing voice work for several regional clients.

Carole, her husband and her dog live in Mequon.