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irritation, humor, irritation again

My sinuses won't let me sleep. No, it's not as if they're acting like young college kids and playing tunes at 0'dark-early in the morning (though, in a way, they are...), but I can't really breathe through my nose. Note that I can't sleep while breathing through my mouth, so I started blowing my nose. After about the 10th Kleenex (yes, this is the correct use of the brand name), I started chuckling. This continued through about the 20th Kleenex. Mind you, my sinuses were being quite, shall we say, productive - it's not as if I was just blowing my horn for nothing. I turned on the light to make sure I wasn't just compulsively wasting Kleenex; nope, there was evidence of production, and quite a prolific quantity, at that.

By now, my nostrils had begun to get really sore. I went to the bathroom and applied some steroid cream I've had for more than a year now (it's the reason my nose doesn't look like that of a lizard any more; you shoulda seen it a couple of days ago, before I'd realized how chafed it was). I drew a breath and realized I wasn't done clearning things yet, so continued the oboe-like music for a while. I passed through a few more stages of humor ("Where the hell is all this coming from? Ha ha!") and irritation ("Jesus Pete, this is really uncomfortable and giving me a headache"). Finally I reached a stage of diminished return on my efforts, and I've decided to try the sleeping thing again.

The human sinus cavity is much larger than one might think. My head suddenly feels about two pounds lighter.

Just thought I'd share my delightful night with y'all. Here's hoping it's going better for you! Now, back to the Kleenex box for a few more goes at it and... sleep, perchance? Please?

(Edited to add: Warning, contains ickiness. Heh heh.)

Chris

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jaylake
Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Poor bibliothec suffers from a much similar complaint at the moment....good luck on the zzzs.
blzblack
Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I think you must have given your illness to me!
astein142
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm staying the heck away from all ya'll. Yuck. Seriously, though, if you're producing that much goo, and if that goo is colorful, you may need an antibiotic. The little buggers are working overtime to constantly replenish your goo supply. Either that, or the hole in your head is bigger than we thought. [wink]

Here's a tip for your sore nose -- coat the inside of your nostrils and the chaffed part of your nose and lip with OTC antibiotic ointment (you know, the stuff you use on cuts and scrapes). It soothes, protects, and heals the damaged skin.
mckitterick
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
I tried the antibiotic ointment on the schnoz this morning, and it seems to have been as comforting as the steroid cream. Thanks for the tip!
geekmom
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
I have a renewed love for my neti pot.
kimberlycreates
Feb. 23rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
The only thing that ever works for me when my sinuses are that stuffed up is Benadryl. It also knocks me off my keister and forces me to get a good night's sleep. ChiaPet uses dust masks and swears by them -- he says it's almost like having a humidifier right under your nose. I usually end up wearing them like yarmulkes by the time I wake up. :P
mckitterick
Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Aha! I'm beginning to figure out what happened: I'd taken two Benedryl a couple of hours before, so they'd had time to kick in but I hadn't yet fallen asleep. Thanks for the insight!
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mckitterick
Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hello! See you in a few minutes.

Small (LJ) world, isn't it?
kijjohnson
Feb. 23rd, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
I hate blowing squid.

Hot showers make it all stream out, which is repulsive in its own unique way. Just don't try and use Kleenex(tm)-brand tissues in the shower.
mckitterick
Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
*g*

The upside is that I seem to be able to breathe normally today. Yay for that!
pointoforigin
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
Ugh, my profound sympathies. Been there. I am of one mind with you on the astonishing volume of by-product that can emerge from the human body. In my case, it's usually junk coming out of the chest after a bout of the flu. Isn't biology a-maaaaazing. (Gesundheit!) I used to put A&D ointment on my nose, because I had it around the house for use on babies' sore bottoms. Oh, the indignity.

I agree with some recent blogger who said that the entire population of Lawrence should be airlifted to Hawaii for R&R!
mckitterick
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah: Hawaii is for healing. I think there should be a govm't program for it.
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