leaking graymatter

Sinus problems suck. Before this year, in all of my 23 years of life, I’ve never had sinus issues. This year, it was time to make up for all of that. Thursday, it started with a sore throat. That wasn’t too bad. I dealt with that. Saturday, I started just kind of feeling icky, but I made it through hang gliding, a road trip to Atlanta and Cirque du Soleil. Sunday, though, was when it hit. Like a rock, too. A huge, heavy boulder that smacked me straight in the face. My sinuses just attacked like crazy. I had the stuffy nose, the watery eyes, the sinus pressure (with the usual headache that accompanies). Everything. I made it through Sunday all right. I dosed on Tylenol Sinus and that at least held things at bay for a little while. Yesterday, though, it got worse. The sinus pressure was excruciating. I don’t know how I made it through 8 hours of work yesterday. I felt like my sinuses were ballooning inside of my head to the point that instead of snot dripping out of my nose it was graymatter. So, last night, Sean made the suggestion of Nyquil. “It’ll knock you out, so you can get some rest,” he said. Bah. I took it and went to bed. I don’t think I got more than 45 minutes consecutive rest for the next 6 hours. At 5am, I finally woke up and took the Tavist Sinus medicine that we bought along with the Nyquil last night. Hot damn. It worked. I took this morning off of work so that I could get more sleep and sure enough, the medicine’s working. Hopefully, by tomorrow, I’ll have had a decent night’s rest and be back to my semi-normal state. *keeps fingers crossed*

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7 thoughts on “leaking graymatter

  1. I know how you feel! I’ve had pressure on my left ear with the whole left side of my head hurting for about a week. Finally I went to the Health Center yesterday, and yep…. it’s sinus drainage that’s causing it. I got a prescription for Zyrtec-D, and already I’m feeling 90% better! I hope you feel better soon too!

  2. If it continues for more than a few days, go to your doctor to see if you need antibiotics. Secondary bacterial infections in the sinuses are quite common and nothing but antibiotics will make them go away.

    Says she who used to get sinus infections on a regular basis…

  3. *sympathy* i got hit on thursday at 11:30pm… i had light sniffles and low energy for about 10 days before… but thursday night – *WHAM*. i feel just like you describe.

    worse, i cant take very many kinds of antibiotics (im allergic to penecillin, in the bad, anaphylactic way, and derivatives in the bad "i need an IV to replenish my fluids because I threw the old ones up" way)…

    most recently i had to take some antibiotics for a stupid gum infection (damn popcorn!)… but even that made me violently i’ll and near the end of the prescription i was not only horribly nauseated and dizzy, but i developed a rash. bad news.

    i hate being sick. But, this past 6 months, ive been sicker than i have been in the past few years combined.

    Tommorow, of all the smart things i could choose to do, I’ll be doing foredeck on a J-36 for one of the distance races. smart move will.

    Here’s to tylenol and Ginger-lemon-honey tea.

  4. Suzan, thankfully the infection seems to have gone away without the use of antibiotics (Tavist D and Dylsem are my friends). To boot, I even got sleep this weekend. 🙂

    Will, that really sucks that you’ve been sick so much lately. I’m still envying you about doing foredeck on a J-36, though. I would have killed to have been in your place this weekend. 🙂 One of these days I’ll be up near you and I’ll get a chance to go sailing with you. 😉

  5. Saline nasal spray, people. Who needs antibiotics for silly old sinusitis? 😉

    Geof (who has chronic sinusitis)

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