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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Nothing is more generous than a sinus infection, especially this one.  My nasal cavity has been under siege by some sort of pathogen for the better part of a month now.  While other ancillary symptoms have abated the glow-in-the-dark by product in my sinus cavities has not. 

Emily had this.  Shawn had this.  Both of them are feeling better and snot free.  Me?  Heck, I seem to be a Mucinex green germ's dream.  Part of it may be the fact that I dislike taking medication.  While I am no homeopathic nut I just don't like dumping pills into my system at the hint of discouraging symptoms.  I like to tough things out.   Really, I am not sure why.  It doesn't make anyone less of a person for taking medication.  Heck, I dispense it to people at work on a regular basis.  For some reason I just prefer not to take it.  Maybe I have some super-hero vision of my immune system?

Clearly, with this infection that is not the case.

I've been to the doctors, actually, which requires even more discomfort to get me to go than to take medicine.  They informed me that it was viral and I'd get over it, just like Emily.  Well, my six month old with a baby-sized immune system is all better.  Me?  Not so much.  I'd love to kick this thing once and for all, but am not sure what the heck to do really.  The doctor refused to prescribe me antibiotics since he believes its a viral infection so I guess I am on my own and still waiting for this dang thing to 'run its course'.

The only thing running right now is my nose. 


So, to improve upon this downer of a post here is a picture of Emily.  She has the ability to make anything better.


Stacy Davis said...

I've dealt with sinus issues my entire life....I've taken prescription decongestants, OTC decongestants, put ben gay on my face, used vaporizers, humidifiers...everything. Nothing worked. Recently I started using a sinus/saline rinse when my sinuses act up...and WOW...I wish I'd known about them when I was younger...its a little weird squirting salt water up your nose...but it cleans everything out and dries it up really well. I hope you feel better, sinus colds suck :/

Stella said...

Viral does not mean "green snots", that is the bacterial resulting infection needing antibiotics. Just saying.....Stella RN

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

I definitely explained that to the doctor, two different ones on two different occasions. They both said no to the antibiotics. At $90 a visit (until I reach my deductible) I don't want to try again just to be turned down for a $7 script for amoxicillin.

Mrs. H said...

Geeze, I will be thinking about you! The weather flip-flopping like it has been doesn't help either!
I have a heart condition that keeps me from taking alot of medication (especially OTC cold medicine) so I understand the whole tough it out thing!
BTW This post was so well written!

Sallyo said...

I'm also a chronic sinus sufferer. I've tried everything, too, including surgery.
The best things I have found:
saline mist
zinc and vitamin c.
Good luck; I know how miserable it can be.

Glyndalyn said...

Get better soon. Beautiful Emily.

Misty Dawn said...

I hate sinus infections. That little Emily though is beyond adorable!!!

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