I had a lot of trouble with sinusitis (among other things) in my previous job. First of all, I didn’t know what it was – after the third bout in a month I became worried it might be a brain tumour and went to my GP.
“No,” he said, “it’s blocked/infected sinuses. Drink more water, take some ibuprofen and get a nasal decongestant called Otrivine. And stop wasting my valuable time with your bloody hypochondriac codswallop about brain tumours.”
(he didn’t say that last bit, but it was easy to imagine him thinking it. I consoled myself with visions of my death from an undiagnosed brain tumour – teaching him a valuable lesson.)
Sinusitis, I have discovered, is a bugger of a illness. It blocks your sinuses and quite often they get infected. Now, you’d imagine this blocks your nose – a bit like a cold. That sounds pretty obvious, right? Wrong. Sinusitis has all kinds of bizarre symptoms, very few of which seem to be connected to your nose. Mine include headaches, blurred vision, nausea, raised temperature and an inability to concentrate.
I can breathe just fine – never better, thanks!
At lunchtime yesterday I had to come home from work with an outbreak of the aforementioned sinusitis. Most of the afternoon was spent sleeping, but I was woken at about 5pm and found two smiling cheeky faces just an inch from my own.
Which was nice. 🙂
Er…and that’s about it. I had sinusitis yesterday and was woken up by my children.