Fighting Infections Continued

The initial infections that prompted my earlier post on infections have almost all cleared up. I started back on a healthy probiotic, very high in helpful bacterias. I’ve been slowly migrating my diet back to a healthier one, along with drinking more water. I had a major deadline last week, which caused me to start slamming back two energy drinks (decently ‘healthy’ ones) per day. Now that deadline is over I’m back down to no more than one a day. But during deadline week I contracted a nice sinus infection.

If I was the only one with the sinus infection I would blame it on allergies, but one of my close friends came down with it around the same time I did, her symptoms were less severe than mine, but a very similar timeline. I expect that it’ll take at least another week to clear this infection up. It is not helping that pollen is so severe there’s a warning not to go outside. I have serious pollen allergies and springtime has triggered sinus infections since I was a child.

The sinus infection itself has been mild, aches, clogged sinuses and sinus headaches, chills late in the day as I wear down, post nasal drip, etc. At first I made the mistake of treating this infection with Sinex nasal spray. I was stressed and exhausted from work and only cared about getting enough sleep to function the next work day. After a few days on Sinex, it stopped working, then I began to suffer rebound effects.

It has been a few days since my last spray of Sinex, my sinuses are feeling better each day, but prone to inflammation and becoming clogged, especially at night while asleep. I’ve tried a couple of decongestants and an antihistamine, but the sinuses are stubborn. They wake me up every couple of hours, sometimes clogged, sometimes draining. Each night a little less severe than the last, but each day I’m a bit more worn out.

There’s a home sinus treatment I used to make with apple cider vinegar, I need to make time to run out and buy some ACV so that I can make it again, plus it’s time for me to find my humidifier and see if that helps. I monitor my heart rate and whenever I get sickĀ it rises by 5-10 bpm. When the infection starts to clear up the heart rate will begin to drop. My heart rate appears to have peaked yesterday, and should be going back down now. If the pattern holds true I expect this infection to last at least another week. In the meantime I’ll find some combination of home or pharmacy remedies that will help.

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About ARadioGurl

Born and raised in New England, moved to Florida to complete my Bachelors of Computer Engineering and never left. Currently a security software application engineer for a major internet company. Previously spent nine years working at a university where I gained most of my systems administration and analyst experience, along with completing a Masters of Science in Information Technology Management. I am dedicated to furthering my knowledge, skills, and career. Hobbies include haxing hardware, tinkering with electronics and cars, gardening, a little cooking, swimming and jogging, musics, and computer and video games. I enjoy attending InfoSec conferences and participating in CTF events and LAN parties. During my down time I enjoy studying computer sciences and electronics, watching historical documentaries, and cult classic movies. I developed carpal tunnel in 2011 and had surgery for it that year. I never fully recovered and after years of going from doctor to doctor, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in late 2014. Fibromyalgia, also known as FM or FMS, is debilitating and often disabling, causing widespread body pain, digestive issues, and often chronic fatigue and brain fog. I have been fighting this for years and have no intention of giving up, I will beat the fibro.

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