Posts Tagged ‘sick’

Let’s just talk for a minute…

July 9th, 2013 No comments

I missed a second Photo Share Sunday and my first Make it Happen Monday. I think I had a good excuse: being under the weather. Sucks to wake up on Sunday to a swollen face in such a way I couldn’t tell if it was a bad tooth or a sinus infection. Either way, I needed antibiotics immediately. Thanks to the people at Care Spot – Hermitage I got antibiotics and two shots.

You might ask how I couldn’t tell what it was… well its because I’m in the process of lots of dental work already and none of my teeth had been hurting, but I’ve swollen up like that before from massive sinus infection in the past. And, really, even dentists and doctors have a hard time telling the difference sometimes since the maxillary sinus and the back molar roots are right up against each other. I was fully aware that either way, being where it was located was NOTHING to “wait out.” Too many dangers of it spreading, and the sinuses and teeth are too damn close to the brain to take any chances.


I’ve laid around a lot the last 36 hours…

I am elated to report that the antibiotics are finally taking control and I am feeling human again. And I can mostly smile normal. (When half your face it swollen, your smile ends up being pretty lopsided.) I’ll take it and all the antibiotics I got. I want this gone for good!

But, its funny how getting sick makes you act the way you should all the time. I’m drinking water like its the best thing on Earth (because it IS), brushing my teeth after everything I eat, and when I DO eat its nothing sugary or too salty, etc. In other words, I’m eating right. Maybe if I stick with this regimen the entire time I am on antibiotics (two weeks!) it’ll once again become habit. That would be a REALLY good thing.

I’ve not done much photo sharing lately, as I have my Lightroom tied up with wedding photos. I had hoped to have them done already (I’m an over achiever, but I like to get them out within a week)… but it looks like it might take a lil longer than that. Hey, nothing gets me motivated to get the job done as not being able to edit my every-day photos!

Anyway, that’s a general update on me, since I  missed the last two days! I have a lot of projects in the works right now, but its all exciting and good stuff. Can’t wait to share as I get done!

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My tooth hurts…

February 7th, 2013 No comments

“My wisdom tooth is bugging me,” I told my husband last Tuesday. A gnawing pain in the back of my mouth had me slightly on edge and in a mood. I figured some Advil before bed, though, and I’d feel better.

Wednesday night, though, the sharp stabbing pains started, when I touched my far back molar — not the wisdom tooth. Crap. Not the first time I’ve experienced that sensation, but again, I figured some Advil and I’d be fine. I added in my favorite “toothache remedy” of chewing on a garlic clove. It’s helped me kick many random toothaches through the years. Surely that’s all this was.

Thursday, I woke up and discovered several small mouth ulcers in the area of the pain. My gland under my jaw was tender and swollen, but that always happens with an ulcer. I’d just have to suffer through this.

And suffer I did. All weekend. The ache in my teeth and in my cheeks from what I thought was just an ulcer was not a new sensation, but nor a welcome one either. Advil dragged me through.

Monday came and I seemed to feel a bit better. We debated my seeing a dentist after I admitted that the ulcers had subsided, but the toothache remained. I felt better! But not well. So the next morning my mom called a dentist for me.

Yes, my mom called. I’m 32 years old, and I still love that Mom will call a doctor or dentist for me. And I am not ashamed to admit that. I’ll do it if I have to, but I love that she’ll still do it. It’s such a subtle comfort for me.

The dentist saw me an hour later. My old dentist I had years ago. Walking in the office was actually more like a hug of help than the pangs of fear I usually feel about dental work.

I left with an antibiotic, pain killer and an appointment for a root canal. Abscessed tooth definitely took the win on this one.

Tooth – 1. Denise – 0.

Anyone who has ever had a toothache like this can understand why I’ve been MIA. No interest in anything. Just that evil ache. As of yesterday, I discovered I can only open my mouth about 2 cm, making eating a challenge. I can open it a bit wider if I massage my jaw muscles to loosen up and let go a bit. I notice as I write this that the pain has subsided greatly, and my focus is slowly starting to return. The little bit of swelling in my gland has drawn up to expose the goose egg on my jawline. That, too, seems to be very slowly shrinking. I welcome the relief and hope it continues  subsiding. I’m ready to be back to normal… I’m ready to be me again!


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Misery of the stomach kind

January 7th, 2013 1 comment

As I mentioned in my Anniversary photo post, it’s been a week. The first week of 2013 was definitely a roller coaster.

After an awesome New Years Eve, we spent a couple evenings helping clean up the bar in our annual deep clean. (Beginning of the year, we close down and do maintenance, etc. that just never gets around to being done through the year.) It was hard work, but also super satisfying.

After the second night, we came home tired and sore from scrubbing and painting. I fell asleep on the couch, and my husband fell asleep in his recliner. After a couple hours, I woke up going, “I don’t feel so good…”

So I got ready for bed — brushed my teeth and whatnot — and woke my husband to tell him I was going to bed… I didn’t feel good.

I tossed and turned. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong exactly. I tried to chalk it up to having worked too hard and just being that tired.

The next morning, I finally gave up and got up. My stomach churned, and I thought, “Well, I guess I’m hungry. I didn’t eat that much yesterday.” So I grabbed a slice of bread and ate it.

And that set it all into motion.

Let’s just say I lost that and anything else I might have still had in my stomach. That certainly woke my still-sleeping husband and brought him running. Bless his heart, he did all he could for me. I felt better for a moment, and I told him maybe that did it. I’d be better now. I’ll come back to bed. He gave me some tums, since I’d been experiencing acid reflux off and on through the night as part of my yuckiness. All that did was send me running all over again.

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Confined to the couch… or bed…

Once I settled down, I sent my husband to get Gatorade, chicken noodle soup and Saltines. I dared to take some Ibuprofen to try to combat the ache that went into my bones. My skin hurt. My hair hurt. My eyelashes hurt. My toenails hurt. Every single inch of me hurt.

I finally was able to settle into bed and go into a deep sleep, which helped. I woke up and moved from bed to the couch to watch my Aggies play in The Cotton Bowl… unfortunately, I slept through about half the game. Anything to escape the aches and pains.

Somewhere in there, my husband started to feel bad. By the end of the game, my husband was laying in the living room floor in as much agony as I’d been in all day. I joked to him that at least we already had Gatorade and Saltines.

My husband and I were both to work that next night, but I wasn’t sure it was a very good idea. Even if I felt better, I would be weak, and chances were that I was still contagious. I didn’t want to get any customers or my co-workers sick! But… I figured I’d see how I felt when I got up.

I got up the next day and made myself some noodle soup. I ate it, and while it settled okay on my stomach… my stomach ached from the food on it. Like I’d literally been punched in the gut over and over again. My husband was definitely NOT better, running about 12 hours behind me in the course of the virus, and he wasn’t even to the point of wanting to try to eat. It was all the final straw that led me to call out of work for certain.

And that… that killed me to do. We’re in the season where we need every dollar we can get. Taking a Saturday night off… ouch. Just. Ouch. But I didn’t have much choice. In fact, after calling out, I promptly fell back to sleep for a couple more hours. My husband slept about 8 hours in his recliner that afternoon into evening!

Once I started to feel better, though, I got dressed and started trying to slowly sanitize the house. I washed the towels and sheets in hot water. I wiped down phones, laptops, door handles, etc. with Clorox wipes. I sprayed every room with Lysol. I sanitized toothbrushes. All of those between breaks to recuperate.

Another good night of sleep for both me and my husband, we woke up today feeling… completely normal. It was downright bizarre! I was still hesitant to say I could run any races, but I ate breakfast. Then we had dinner out for our Anniversary. And… all was fine. To look at us right this instant, you’d never guess that about 48 hours ago, we were wishing for a bomb to hit our house and put us out of our misery.

Stomach viruses are weird that way. They hit you out of no where. Leave you wishing for death. Then almost just as suddenly, they leave. And I know for us… we are GLAD to see it leave. And please, please, please don’t come back again.

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“The Crud”

November 13th, 2012 2 comments

137: SickiesIt seems to always be going around.

The Crud

It’s like some bad movie horror character that no one really knows how to define. So they give it this broad, sweeping name to strike fear in the noses of all those around.

For the last week, I have been fighting “The Crud.” Allergies turned cold turned annoyance turned “fake you out so you feel good for a day only to feel worse tomorrow” to just being a big snot machine. I hesitate to say I’m over it, but I feel okay today. Blowing my nose every five minutes, but I feel okay.

Yesterday, I ramped up my battle into hyper-drive. I:

— neti pot regularly, using a mixture of saline and Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate drops

— apple cider vinegar and honey mixture multiple times a day

— orange juice with the Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate in it.

— humidifier

— Vitamin C

— Sudafed

— Advil

— Allegra

All of these things in some mixture over the past 36 hours, and I got up today no longer feeling like a truck hit me. I’m still blowing my nose regularly, but I can handle that! As long as I don’t feel bad, I can handle a stuffed nose.

I work tonight. In a bar that allows smoking. I am hoping the exercise I’ll get moving around the bar will more than compensate for the irritant to my sinuses, and I’ll get up tomorrow feeling better as well. Fingers crossed!!!

So, question… what is YOUR approach to fighting “The Crud.”

*For more information on my grape fruit seed extract and apple cider vinegar approach, check out Earth Clinic’s “How to cure a sinus infection” page. I’ve not tried all the rememdies, but I found these two to help me a lot with even the common cold.

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Coming out from the crud

March 13th, 2012 2 comments


My last blog post (besides Weekly Winners) was all about how I was beating my sinus issues. Well. The joke was on me. The next day I barely convinced myself to get out of bed, and I ended up at a walk-in clinic. I walked back out after a shot and being given 10 days worth of antibiotics.

I didn’t even feel like writing. I barely took my daily photos for my project 365. I just had absolutely no interest in pretty much everything.

Last Wednesday, I flew home to Nashville for a week — with my sinus infection — and of course ended up with plugged ears. I spent almost my entire visit home… at home. But on the bright side, my time off at home was good for me. I just finished day 8 of my antibiotics, and I can definitely say I feel better.

I head back to Texas today to finish out tax season at my parent’s business. Here’s to feeling better and rockin’ the work ahead to be done.

Sinus infection be gone! Writing inspiration, please come back! I want to be back to being me!


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I hate my nose and my nose hates me!

March 5th, 2012 1 comment

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:

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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.

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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.

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