Saturday, 4 February 2017

Sinusitis




Captain’s log, stardate six.  The cold has transmogrified into acute sinusitis.  Half my head feels relatively normal, the other side feels like someone has turned a tap on in my right sinus.  I have resorted to tissues stuffed up my nostrils.  Paul says it is not a good look.

I have tried various nasal sprays, menthol inhalations, cold remedies etc. to no effect.  This morning, in desperation, I raided my medicine box and found some old*  Piriton allergy tablets. Finally they seem to have beaten those damned histamines into submission.  The tap has temporarily been turned off. Unfortunately I shall have to forgo my Saturday whisky if I wish to stay conscious this evening.  In the meantime I have sent Paul out for emergency supplies of soft tissues and oranges.

Hopefully it will not develop into an infection.  Years ago I had a really nasty sinus infection and my doctor prescribed antibiotics.  I picked up the prescription on my way to work and quickly swallowed the first dose.  About half an hour later, as I was walking along the plushly carpeted corridor of the hallowed executive suite where the company directors dwelt, I suddenly felt extraordinarily nauseous.  With no time to head for the cloakroom I ran past some astonished secretaries and ducked into the HR director’s office (fortuitously empty) where I was gloriously sick in the waste paper bin.  The tablets should not have been taken on an empty stomach.  Funny the things you remember.

* Expiry date November 2007 

'old' Piriton allergy tablets

16 comments:

  1. The oranges are there I note. They will beat those histamines. Attack. Suck that orange.

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    1. At least the oranges taste better than the tablets.

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  2. The farmer is greatly troubled with sinusitis at present. As he has other worries health-wise and is due to have a head-scan next week as he is forgetting words, this is really the last straw. I have just been into the kitchen, where he is sitting asleep in his chair as he was up half the night unable to sleep, and put an orange by his side for when he awakes.

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    1. It's a horrid condition, I hardly slept last night. If farmer has any discoloured mucus (sign of bacterial infection) you should get him to see the doctor straightaway. Hope he enjoys his orange and feels better soon.

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  3. I posted a remedy on Tom Stephenson's blog a week or so ago for colds and infections which he ridiculed and others ignored - you might try it out ?

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  4. I do hope you feel better soon, Sue. Oranges can only help.

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  5. It won't cure it but do you use a sinus rinse. I do find it helps. Our surgeries give them out. NeilMed Sinus rinse. It may be a bit late as I think it is best as a preventative but should help.

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    1. I haven't used one before. I'll have to ask about it at my pharmacy, thanks for the suggestion.

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  6. Unlikely as it seems I think I have caught your cold - coughing and sneezing, spent the day in bed. I hope it doesn`t make its way to my sinuses as you sound miserable!

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    1. Sorry about that, I shall disinfect my laptop immediately. Hope you feel better soon.

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  7. Lady M suggested yesterday that I clear out all the old meds from our large box of pills and potions. She added that some of them date back to 2005; "What's wrong with that?" I asked. My colds always descend to my chest, and can last for weeks. I read Jude the Obscure when I'm ill; it's so depressing it always makes me feel better.

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  8. Barfing in one's HR Director's office is not to be recommended - unless of course one has just won a National Lottery jackpot - then one would also have licence to barf within the hallowed executive suite during a formal company directors meeting. It would be nice to read the associated minutes!

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    1. Any Other Business: Sue demonstrated the correct way to barf into a waste paper bin.

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