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Oh, is it just your sinuses?

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by urbannight

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I swear if I hear that one more time I may explode. I’ve discovered Midwesterners do not think you are sick if your sinuses are bothering you. You could have a sinus infection but that’s just your sinus, you are not really sick. You could have a raging head cold but if it is expressed in your sinuses than you are not sick. You now have bronchitis because you have been sick for 2 or 3 weeks but it was just your sinuses so you were not really sick.
I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest and I never was such a thing. There, it is all about the fever. You feel like you swallowed a cheese grater and have white puss pockets at the back of your throat? You don’t have a fever so you are not sick. You have the chicken pox; you don’t have a fever so you are not really sick. You have ever symptom of the flu but you don’t have a fever, then you are not sick and off to school you go.
So let us say that you have been totally stuffed up for two weeks. You can’t breathe; you spend half your day sneezing your head off. Every time you take something to clear your sinuses you end up sneezing and blowing your nose until you are as stuffed up as before and you have to start all over again. Your head feels like it wants to explode from the sinus pressure and you are using a neti pot several times a day to prevent a sinus infection from developing. You are so exhausted that you go to bed at 8:00 nearly every night for two weeks, 9:30 at the latest. You normally go to bed between 10:00 and 11:00. Then one night you lie down and start to wheeze and whistle every time you exhale and your chest starts to hurt. You can’t sleep because of the difficulty breathing and the scary noises your chest makes when you breathe. You start coughing up mucus, lots of mucus. You had bronchitis once in college and you are pretty sure you have it again.

You stay home and go to work the following day and you are treated like a leper. After all, it is just your sinuses, you aren’t really sick.
This has been my life the past couple of weeks.

Things I Accomplished on a Wednesday when I felt Sick.

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by urbannight

Some days it doesn’t feel worth it to get up and go in to work.  But payday isn’t until Friday and I didn’t have the spare money to park in a paid lot all day so I went to work.  It was pretty much a joke given the way I felt and I probably should have found the way to stay home.

While I still felt bad in the evening, it was far more productive.  Sick as a dog and I still managed to get a load of trash taken out, litter boxes sifted, dishes done, swept up the back stairs because I broke a glass lampshade on the way to the trash dumpster, finished going through the bathroom drawers and redid one of the bathroom shelves, got half the laundry put away and tidied up the bedroom a bit. 

 I felt horrible so how come it was the most productive night I’ve had all week?