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Had a check-up this week.  The verdict is that I'm not well, but I am better.  I will be continuing the nasal steroids and antibiotic washes, and then going back for another check-up next month.  I'll also be starting allergy shots (joy).

In other somewhat freaky put possibly good news, I'm also going to be checked to see if there might be an auto-immune condition that is making this more of an uphill climb than it should be.  I've been on medicine for something called Hashimoto's thyroiditis for twelve years now -- that's when your immune system attacks the thyroid gland.  (I imagine my immune system as a bunch of extremely dedicated but keyed up and stressed-out soldiers who think everything is Godzilla.  It's a vision that explains my allergies and joint problems, too.)  My family has a history of auto-immune whackiness, so it seems reasonable to check.   

Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes and patience!  <3
sekiharatae: Unhappy Fizzgig (arg)
Normally I would f-lock this entry, but considering my writing commitments -- and the utter lack of any apparent progress on them -- I thought I would share why that is.  Hopefully the extent of the treatment I was prescribed today will be sufficient explanation.

On February 12th, I finished the latest in a string of 30-day courses of antibiotics. (I think it was the 3rd 30-day, and the 5th prescription overall since the end of August.)
On February 13th, I saw my doctor, and she confirmed what I already knew:  my sinuses showed no improvement.
On February 21st, I had my first appointment with an ENT.  He did a CT scan of my head, seemed impressed by the degree and extent of infection revealed, and referred me to an allergist.

Today I visited the allergist.  After making me breathe in a tube to test my breathing, turning my right arm into a field of hives, and making me blow my nose on some sort of special tissue, he sent me away with the following instructions:

(1) A 30 day course of prednisone (steroid), starting with five pills a day for five days and tapering off from there.
(2) A 30 day course of Augmentin (antibiotic)
(3) An 8 week regimen of nasal washes using a saline-and-bactroban solution (this would be similar to neti-pot, except using an antibiotic)
(4) A prescription for rhinocort aqua (nasal steroid) which I am to use for the foreseeable future.

In four weeks I go back for a check-up, at which point if I'm not any better, sinus surgery will be the only remaining option.

So... clearly, there is a lot going on in my head, and none of it is condusive to writing.
sekiharatae: (Geek)
Still sick and therefore on drugs... and I always tend to being easily amused... but I read about this on wikipedia and had to look it up. I think it's quite neat!



Those of you with children may want to try it with them (does this count as a science experiment on opticals?) so here are some links to instructions, details, and printable templates:

http://www.pinwire.com/video/gathering-for-gardner-paper-dragon
http://www.ricardoaraujo.net/greatweb/gathering_for_gardner_paper_dragon.html
http://ravensblight.com/Illusion.html (same idea, but with a skelly.. Halloween?)

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