Thursday Jan 30 2020


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Sinusitis

Warning: Don't scroll down if you are squeamish - there is a photo of the inside of my sinuses with sinusitis

So, after my Man Flu, I have the beginnings of inflammation pain and the taste of pus leaking down the back of my throat that comes as my main symptoms for sinusitis.
I have history of sinusitis, having had my sinuses bored TWICE in the last 5 years. I know what to expect and, obviously, I do everything I can at the earliest onset of symptoms to try to prevent it getting to a third operation.
One of the things I do whenever I get the first signs of sniffles is a daily sinus rinse. Yes, it's as unpleasant as it sounds. You take a squeezable plastic bottle, fill it with an isotonic or hypertonic solution and squirt it up each nostril so that it rinses around your forehead sinuses, around your cheek sinuses and finally out of the other nostril. Yes, it's exactly like water going up your nose at the beach or pool. But, actually, it's not too bad once you're used to it - takes about a week, the first time and then it's fine every time now... If you'd like to see the elegant, professional model doing it (as opposed to the utter mess of a person I am when I do it), look at this:

The doctor has also prescribed me Phenoxymethylpenicillin (antibiotic) and Mometasone Furoate (Nasal Spray).

By way of example, here is a photo of one of my sinuses (SFW):

An endoscope image from inside @DaisyHeifer Mark's sinuses when he had sinusitis

That white stuff is the infection...

Monday Jan 27 2020

Pigeon English

Something Scottish farmers use to prod their cattle


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