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This makes me happy.

Click the image to see the xkcd site.

Remember how excited or happy you felt when you learned something awesome for the first time? Sharing that with others is almost as fun, whereas mocking them for missing a cultural reference or cool fact isn't fun for anyone.

Speaking of not-fun, went to see the doctor yesterday. You know how I had a big fever last Thursday and felt better on Friday? Well, apparently all that was just the prelude to sinus infection - as of yesterday, I hadn't been able to get to sleep in less than two hours for days. I won't get into details, but let's just say the throat's been killing me and there's a constant tickle in the throat. Oh, and I lost my voice on Saturday night. Awesome.

When I called to make the appointment, the nurse asked, "What makes you think it's a sinus infection?"

"I'm getting a lot of blood drainage."

"Ah, yes. They're very popular right now."

The doc wrote me a 'scrip for Amoxicillin - my first antibiotics since the turn of the millennium. Not excited about that, because my last party with antibiotics (for blood poisoning - long story) ended with having to fight thrush for weeks. UGH. On the up-side, I'm already feeling better today, and it only took about half an hour of coughing my lungs out to fall asleep last night.



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May. 9th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Go buy yourself some acidophilus pills, or some raw yogurt and something to mix with it (since raw yogurt tastes awful by itself, at least to me). Your local herb house or health store should have it. Or any of the probiotic yogurts (Activia, etc.) should help-although they are EXPENSIVE.

The AB will kill most of it, yes, but by replacing it as fast as it gets killed off, you won't be so susceptible to something else moving in to take over.
May. 9th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes: I've already had about a cup of kefir today, and will be gnoshing on some Brown Cow yogurt for lunch! I like the plain flavors, because you can add stuff (or not) to taste without getting tons of sugar. My favorite is prunes (not marketed as "dried plums") and pistacheos. Yum!
May. 9th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
When I was growing up, one of my favorite fruits was fresh prune plums. Mom would bring home a bag of them (a pound or two), and I'd curl up with a book and eat ALL of them in one sitting!
May. 9th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
ALL of them? I've discovered that more than about six in one sitting leads to... shall we say, unnecessary amounts of fiber intake....
May. 9th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
I had such a varied diet when I was a kid that NOTHING ever bothered me. I could eat a whole jar of picked okra, all the fruit I wanted, munch my way through a whole bag of chips, any of it (NOT ALL IN THE SAME DAY, OF COURSE). No problems with digestion, and I was skinny as a rail.
Till I hit about 35. Then it all caught up to me like a locomotive hitting a mountain.
I suspect if I was running around the way I did then and gorging on fruit, I'd probably STILL be skinny as a rail! ;)

Unfortunately, the last time I tried to do a somersault on a jungle gym bar, I was forcibly reminded that they are built for kids, not adults!
May. 9th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean!

And YIKES - somersault on a jungle gym bar? I recently did my first handstands since I was a teen (that would be the 1980s!), but couldn't imagine going not only upside-down on a jungle gym, but SOMERSAULTING across one. Whoah.
May. 9th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Not a somersault on top of it-guess that could be misread!

This one was sort of like a stack of open cubes built of pipes. The cubes were about 24" square, so as a child, it was easy to do a flip on/around one bar (like doing a flip on uneven parallel bars), and not hit my head. As an adult, well, I had a lovely bruise!

I was a monkey when I was a child-always up a tree, on the jungle gym, the slides the swings, climbing up in my grandparent's barn....
May. 10th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Amox is still recommended for sinusitis, but in my experience it frequently fails. If not resolving fully, re-evaluate and maybe hit it with azithromycin or Augmentin.
- E
May. 10th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yikes, that's great to hear. I'm supposed to take it for three weeks; when should it show signs of clearing up?
May. 11th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I'd expect some noticeable improvement within maybe 72 hours. Complete resolution is harder to predict -- sinus infections sometimes get cleared in 10 days, like you'd expect for bronchitis or Strep or ear infections, but sometimes they take 14 or 21 days or even longer. The root term, after all, refers to an open space, so you have to get rid of the goo and not just permeate the tissue for long enough to kill the bugs.
May. 10th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
~happy-cool grin for comic....concerned wince for sinuses...crosses fingers that chemistry works as it should for healing!~
May. 10th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 10th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Remember how excited or happy you felt when you learned something awesome for the first time? Sharing that with others is almost as fun, whereas mocking them for missing a cultural reference or cool fact isn't fun for anyone.


...my last party with antibiotics ended with having to fight thrush for weeks.

May. 10th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
You know I'm chuggin' the kefir and eatin' the yogurt right now, for sure.
May. 11th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
hmmmmm...that first comment up there. It sounds like there's a story behind it.

Sorry you've been sick. :(
May. 11th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
The Merc has grapefruit seed extract pills (and liquid), and it will knock out the world's worst case of thrush in a matter of days. Probiotics are good, of course, but GSE is serious business. Just FYI.
May. 11th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ouch. I'm sorry.
Have you tried "vaporizing" with Eucalyptus Oil? It's marvelous.
It sounds like you're on the right track for healing up without falling to thrush.. ugh, Jbird had that the last time he had an acidoketosis incident.
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