Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sinus Trouble

I'm having problems with my sinuses. I was doing so well until the stupid pollens came out. Now I wake up every morning with a terrible headache and I can't go back to sleep.

This will soon be replaced with the constant unbearable pain that will make me want to do nothing but sleep. It will make my face puffy and my eyes puffy and maybe I and my family will be the only ones to notice these changes, but they are there when this happens. This summer will be my third summer in a row needing sinus surgery. BOOurns.

So here is MY plan:

Get them to suck out my sinuses outpatient. This will take some convincing, but I think I can do it. It will be pretty damn painful but will require less recovery time than surgery. This will happen in the next two weeks - Next Tuesday would be a nice date for this to happen. Then I will have a little time to recover and a little time to pack and then I'm off to Europe.

Hopefully, that will hold me all summer and until next summer. This summer I just don't have time for surgery. I want to be dancing and going to concerts on the square and hanging out with friends. I really don't have a surgery in those plans.

My sinuses can make me a miserable blob of nothingness, and I refuse to be a miserable blob in Europe. I might end up being a pain in the ass for other reasons (like making my family stop every two seconds so I can take another picture), but I'm not going to be miserable because of my sinuses. This is my perfect trip, and that's the way it's going to be: perfect.

Yes, I may have to be pushed in the wheelchair because my walking skills aren't so great, but whatever. I can handle that. Being miserable and sleeping in the wheelchair is something I can't and WON'T handle. I refuse to let that happen.

If I have to buy a suction kit and suck out my own sinuses I'll do it. I need them cleaned out so I can function more like a normal human. Normalcy would be good.


Anonymous said...

Concerts on the square this summer for sure!!! I'm excited. Feel better soon :)

Amanda said...


I don't remember if you ever mentioned what type of saline you irrigate your sinuses with, but a respiratory therapist at my clinic has a great concoction that is antibacterial. I know everyone has different sinus issues, but it really helps me when my sinuses start "smelling foul" within a day or two. I can have chunky green snot one day, and it will be completely gone by the next. Here is the recipe:

1 qt water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar

The baking soda and vinegar make a buffer-type solution that keeps it at a pH that's a little more tolerable in your nose than some of the over the counter mixes that just have baking soda. And the baking soda is what does the booger-killing.

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