October 7, 2014 by Roe
Out of nowhere I got sick.
Nothing major – Just a sinus cold.
But it’s bugging the hell out of me.
I hate being sick.
I even hated being sick when I was going to school.
Sometimes kids like being sick so they don’t have to go, but I never did. It would give me anxiety not to go because I know I’d miss so much.
It started off with post nasal drip in the morning that would go away after breakfast, but yesterday morning it didn’t go away. My throat felt like sandpaper.
So all day I was drinking tea, water, Emergen-C, taking Olive Leaf Extract by the tablespoonful, reheating chicken soup, taking Chloraseptic along with decongestants and Claritin.
Then around 5 or 6 o’clock my sinuses closed up, so I couldn’t breathe out of my nose – at all.
I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but I can’t take pseudoephedrine-based decongestants at night. They make me restless, increase my heart rate. I never have a good night’s sleep.
I’m blowing my nose again and again, using nasal saline wash, but nothing’s really working. As it came closer and closer to going to bed, I started having a near-hellbent anxiety attack because I couldn’t breathe. Then last minute, I decided to take a shower before I went to bed – and let me tell you, that made all the difference – Hot steam really works. Finish that off with another round of nasal wash, Vicks Vapor Rub, a Breathe Right strip, a prepped hot water bottle, and Vaseline for my tender red nose – I actually got a pretty good night’s sleep.
So I took another shower this morning as soon as I woke up.
My mom tells me these sinus issues run on her side of the family. Great, I thought. Another thing to look forward to.
I like to think these issues haven’t plagued me as often. But the last time this happened to me was this past late spring. And before that I think it was the winter. The timespan between those instances seems too close. I never used to get sinus colds like this.
My ears are popping and I still feel like I’m underwater a bit. And I just hope this goes away soon, mainly for my own comfort. I hate feeling like this.