Friday, December 22, 2017

Sinus Day Two

     Mouth-breathing last night: my sinuses have recovered enough to be irked.  The Doctor's office called this morning, in part to tell me this is quite, quite normal and to remind me that I can use a gentle decongestant -- Afrin -- starting today.  And by the way, was I rinsing?

     I am.  I have been.  With saline solution dissolved in distilled water and gee, if you forget to shake up the bottle even once, you know it right away.

    I said I'd talk about nasal lavage if it was funny.  Turns out the only funny part is the Coanda Effect, which in this context translates to "mind your elbows:" I'm using a soft plastic bottle to push a saline solution up one nostril; the jet of water that is supposed to be coming back out the other nostril -- and it does -- then runs down the side of the bottle, across my fingers (ew!) and down my forearm (Ew!); if I have had the foresight to push up my sleeve, once it reaches my elbow,  it finally breaks with Coanda and splatters onto my toes until I remember and steer the dripping elbow back over the sink.  If, on the other hand, I have not pushed up my sleeve, water begins to pool inside the elbow of my nightgown until I notice, say bad words, set the bottle down, do a contortionist move to take my arm out of the sleeve without exposing my skin to the cold, cold air, wring the wet sleeve out over the sink out, get my arm back in the now damp and chilly sleeve, which I must push up into a sodden mass out of the way before I return to sinus-rinsing, annoyed and planning to change nightgowns -- again! -- and run the other one through a quick wash -- again!  Naturally, I restart by dripping rinse water from my elbow onto my toes.  And did I mention they have me do a whole bottle per nostril?  Having completed the dance left-handed, I must start all over from the right side.  Or vice versa.

     So that's the big excitement around here.  Oh -- and I'm supposed to do this four to eight times a day.  I managed four yesterday. I'll try for six today.  If the doctor's office calls back tomorrow, I'll gurgle at them.

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     Yesterday afternoon, I cheated.  I'd been planning to add winterizing treatment to the gas in my motorscooter before surgery, but it didn't work out.  Yesterday afternoon, temperatures were in the high forties and climbing and I didn't feel too bad, so I went out and put the stuff in.  I'd brought my helmet just in case, and gloves are always a good idea, and you know, sloshing the scooter back and forth only helps mix treated and untreated gas just so much.  You have to start the engine if you're going to get that stuff in the carburetor where it will do some serious good...

Scooter and me, 2007
     So there the Vespa-like Bajaj Chetak was, up on its centerstand on the apron in front of the open garage door, popping and purring away--  And in my coat pocket, oh golly, the garage door opener!  What would you have done?  I couldn't resist.  Helmet on, gloves on, shoes not quite right (boots preferred: you only get the one set of ankles) but securely laced, I took the Chetak for a quick spin around the block, two blocks, three blocks...  Several blocks.  Quite enough to get the treated gasoline all mixed and into the carb, I think, though not quite to any of the major streets and only into fourth gear once.

     It wasn't prudent.  It wasn't cautious.  It pretty much used up all my energy and I retreated back to bed not long after parking the scooter, and slept off and on for fifteen hours.  But it sure was fun!

9 comments:

JayNola said...

Sounds like a worthy expenditure of stamina. If it caused you to smoke it'll contribute to healing.

eriko said...

Do the sinus flush in the shower during a shower. Much less ick'.

JayNola said...

*smile not smoke....

Merle Morrison said...

Fun = improved morale = better healing

Merle

Old NFO said...

Agree with Merle! :-)

JPD said...

I had reports of a biker chick escaping in your neighborhood. Stay tuned for the untouched photos!!

Carteach said...

I do that squeeze bottle nasal flush thing often, due to allergies. But.... I do mine in the shower. No fuss, no muss, and minimal Blech.

Anonymous said...

My Better Half uses something called a Netti Pot: https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=neti-+pot&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=78271524449678&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_3nhggf4qdo_e
She doesnt seem to have the dribble down the elbow you mention. Would this work maybe??
Feel better.
S.

Roberta X said...

I usually use a neti pot. Doctor said not to for this, the rinse is gentler.