I’ve been a little ill the last several days with a sinus infection. I haven’t done much but lie around and rest, so writing hasn’t been at the top of my priorities.
For me, sinus infections are like the turning of the leaves and the blossom of spring: I get a really bad one every autumn and every spring. My sister called me, and she has the same thing, so we were commiserating. At least we don’t have it as bad as her son, who had chronic sinus infections and ended up having surgery.
She told me that he uses a saline sinus rinse every night before bed, and that it works pretty well. My wife picked up the set for me, and I started using it.
Basically, you have a squishy plastic bottle with a nozzle on the lid. You fill it with warm distillled water, add a packet of salt and sodium bicarbonate, and then you squirt it up one nostril until the solution comes out of the other nostril.
If it sounds disgusting, it is. When your sinuses are infected, it hurts putting anything up there, even if it’s just saline solution. But an hour or so later, it feels much better. So I’m doing it every night before bed until the infection is gone.
I know you didn’t really need to hear that, but at least you know why I haven’t been around as much lately.