I hate my nose and my nose hates me!

If I have a medical “thing” it would definitely be my sinuses. I feel guilty any time I mention it,  because I feel like its ALL I TALK ABOUT sometimes. Sinuses, sinuses, sinuses. But, its a legitimate issue, and this weekend it sidelined me hard.

I almost always have issues of some sort with my sinuses, and it seems to be a constant battle to avoid it developing into an infection. And all my time fighting, I can always tell when I am starting to lose the battle because I get this awful, awful, awful, disgusting smell in my nose. And it gets bad enough that even my husband can smell it across the room from me. And it comes down to my sinuses needing some serious TLC again.

There is a definite connection between my sinuses and dairy. Which stinks because I kinda love cheese and sour cream and all those goodies. So any time I start getting sinus-y, I try to cut out cheese as much as possible. (Though sometimes, I just can’t resist! And then I pay for it.)

Tillamook Cheese
I love cheese, but it most certainly does not love me much of the time.

 So, I’ve taken to using almond milk, and if I have Starbucks, I order it with Soy. I look for things with the least amount of cheese when we go out, or I request it be removed. (Though when it comes to Mexican food, it better be a cheesy mess!)

I discovered a fabulous tonic of apple cider vinegar, water and honey that I use regularly. It’s helped drag me through countless sinus attacks, and I swear by it today. I wish I’d known of it years ago!

One thing I was introduced to over five years ago is the neti pot:

198: Neti Pot
Neti pot -- brilliance!

I had a monster sinus infection, and the doctor I saw suggested I get a neti pot. I’ve not looked back since. I use it regularly, and its helped drag me through many allergy and sinus attacks. I consider it a key piece in my arsenal against my own nose.

Steam is good, too. So I tend to take a lot of showers and/or baths when I am all stuffed up. My mom has this great steam thing that I used a lot the last couple of days.

115: Condensation
Open up my sinuses with steam, please!

Unfortunately its positive effects were shorter lived than anything else I tried. But it sure did feel good while I was using it!

I do use Advil, Sudafed and Muscinex to help me get through as well. This weekend it got bad enough that I was introduced to Afrin nose spray. Miracle drug! One I don’t plan to use a lot, but man it made a huge difference.

I can generally stand a stuffy nose. Generally. Its almost a fact of life for me at times. But what I hate is when its definitely something more to it. When I just feel achy and my appetite is gone. When I want to sleep, but can’t breathe when I lay down so I CAN’T sleep. When you just wish you could run a fever and maybe knock it all out. Or perhaps just cut your whole head off and replace it with a new one.

That was me this weekend. As I write this, I feel better. Hopefully on the mend finally. I am still taking a few of the medicines, and the neti pot regularly. The rest I’ve let drop off as I’ve improved. I think I can handle it from here. I think.

Weekly Winners (February 26 – March 3)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


This week’s featured “other posts” are…

I really would rather not repeat this week any time soon. Stressful and then I’ve been sick the last three days. Two words: OVER IT. But I did succeed to grabbing some decent shots!

109: New camera necklace
New camera necklace
110: Calming
111: Hearts in the yard
Hearts in the yard
Lantana trio of blossoms
Lantana trio of blossoms
Grasshopper serenade
Grasshopper serenade
112: Leap Year
Leap Year
113: Love
114: Sick day
Sick day


Life Well Lived: Child Happiness

Its time for another Life Well Lived Getting Happy panel!

This time, we want to hear more from our readers. How do you teach the children in your life happiness? Please share your best tools and tips in the comments below.

073: Peek-A-Boo
I made a little friend on a flight.

A friend recently posted a picture on her Facebook wall that contained a quote:

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” ― Marianne Williamson

I think that pretty much says it all. While we want to teach children right from wrong, and I am firm believer we need to realize our actions have consequences, there is no reason to squash a child’s joy based on the fears we hold ourselves.

When my nephew was born, suddenly the world took a whole new feel. Suddenly I was seeing wonder and joy in things I had been taking for granted. He was teaching ME happiness!

I, personally, think that the best way to reach children happiness is by learning it from them, and then emulating it back at them. When they laugh at a puppy being silly, laugh with them. See the beauty and wonder in Christmas lights instead of fussing about how much work it takes to put them up. Sit down and color with them.

Children need discipline and structure in their lives. But they also need the opportunity to just be kids… and maybe parents need that opportunity right with them.

What are your thoughts? Leave your thoughts here and join me in the discussion on the main page for this topic on BlogHer. Also, don’t miss your chance to win a Kindle Fire in the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…