An extra cup of coffee. That is what today requires.
While everyone on Facebook and Twitter talk excitedly about their fall favorites – pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, and wearing a mix of boots and sweaters – I’m realizing what the start of fall is really about: Sinus infections.
I’m prone to them. In between the changing seasons, I expect them like I expect Mondays. Bound to happen, always hate them, and last FOREVER.
I started getting them on a regular basis in sixth grade. Probably just that package deal I signed up for at 12 on my way to womanhood. “Congrats Carrie. You’re going to love adulthood.”
Oh, autumn is my favorite season, I just don’t start enjoying it until the tail end. After my head begins to clear.
It starts out the same. One or two days of extreme tiredness. A headache that seems to radiate from the top of my forehead to my cheekbones. A perpetual draining that keeps me up at night. And a nose that I can never breath out of. It’s all good (no, not really).
And I have tried the gamut of remedies. Claritin and Allegra, nasal sprays and Neti-Pots. I boost my immune system with Vitamin C and other supplements, and use hand sanitizer like it’s another full-time job. Usually after a couple weeks, I will finally meander into the doctor’s office and get the only antibiotic that seems to do the trick. Of course, this medication also causes other problems, but it’s a definite trade-off to my head floating away like a balloon.
Unfortunately, being across the country, I have yet to visit a doctor in my area. I know that requires some research, and I have become good at using the term “I will do that later.” It’s later. No doctor. Uggg.
So hopefully, miraculously, this will just go away on its own (no chance). Or it won’t get any worse until I am able to head back to Iowa for my bridal shower in a couple weeks and visit my childhood physician. I will cross my fingers, knock on wood, sacrifice a chicken (frozen filets in my freezer), and hope that I will be cured by tomorrow morning. Not holding my breath.