Tuesday, February 10, 2009

...in hopes that this is not becoming a common blogger theme for me...


You see every marked area on the adjacent picture? Well I have spent the last eight bed-ridden days experiencing excruciating and disorienting pain in all of those sinus areas. It all started with my trip to Atlanta last weekend to see my sister and brother and, of course, the killers. Lack of sleep and cold weather aided me in picking up some nasty bug that eventually sent me to the ER at 4:00 Thursday morning. I haven't worked since last monday and today is, honestly, the first day I have been able to get out of bed for more that 5 min without throwing up. The sinus pressure has completely disoriented me and incapacitated me. Luckily, I have good insurance and the ER cost me nothing (as well as all the wonderful pain meds they pumped me full of). In about 2 hrs I am going to the ENT specialist. Hopefully he can make sense of the insanity that has been the last week. Following are some pro's and con's of my ailment.

Pros:
- Had the chance to revaluate my life and really appreciate the suffering of others
- Will definately be able to better emphathize with Chrisitina when ever she gets "morning sickness" - (she is not currently pregnant though)
- Watched a lot of stupid movies that made me appreciate the fact that I have a job that takes me places everyday. In other words, if I was homebound for a living I would go nuts.
- Couldn't eat for 5 of the 8 days so far - lost 5 pounds w/o even trying

Cons:
- Worst week of my life
- ERs suck
- laying on your back for 8 days is boring & depressing
- my lower back screams in revolt now everytime I bend over
- I still can't move around much without feeling disoriented and motion sick
- It is getting harder and harder to imagine life as a non-sick person. I am constantly looking at people on TV and wondering "I wonder how it feels for them to move around like that." "Does everybody feel that great and normal? What is it like?" - - - - - Pathetic isn't is?

2 comments:

Francisco said...

I just had a test on those sinuses, fun! Did you know that the maxillary sinus is the only one that has to drip uphill, that and an infection from one of the other sinus cavities can easily drip in and bugger up the biggest sinus in your face, the maxillary. Sucks you had to endure a debilitating illness. Luckily there is a remedy for these things. I feel the same way as you when I'm sick, but mainly when it's an injury to a limb or joint. I think, what if I'm like this for the rest of my life. That happens to a lot of people. They aren't the same. Truth is...we're not getting any younger. Take care of yourself, and nice post! Later,
Francisco

katie k said...

man Andrew! That sucks! I feel so bad for your suffering. Growing up I always wanted to cut off my nose because it brought me so much irritation (allergies), but in this case I think I would've been even more angry at my nose and face! ugh! And I definitely know that feeling of thinking "what would I give to feel normal, I need to appreciate all the days I am not sick." I sometimes think that we need to have illness every once in a while just to remind to be grateful for our good health the rest of the time. Too bad your "reminder" had to be so long and horrible! I love you!
Katie