Sick’ooooo – Caution – Not Writing Related…

So skip this if you like.

I’m just whining like a baby who’s head feels like a vice is squeezing it.

A sinus infection sounds like such a little thing compared to say, “the flu”.

But I’m telling you. I. AM. MISERABLE.

I move from this place on Monday and I’m hoping that abandoning a high floor (I live on the 23rd floor) will bring some relief.

I went through a box of 180 tissues yesterday. I’m on my way through another today. Let me tell you, I keep Kleenex in business!

This sucks.

Hoping seriously that keeping to the ground will bring me some relief.

Anyway. The good news is although I could hardly sleep last night, I did wake up at like 8:00AM, maybe 7:00 something. I made a cup of tea and started writing by 11:00AM my head felt like it was going to burst but I had written almost 3k words! Then, I started back on the outline for the second half of the story and ended finishing that!


Could that much snot be in somebody’s head????

Anyway… I digressed.

So, yeah.

This torture didn’t stop me from doing what I LOVE!!!!!!

I think you’ll like this story. It’s definitely not traditional romance. It’s contemporary romance.

My head hurts.

Ending this post.

Pray for me… ๐Ÿ™

And any suggestions are welcomed… If you know how to beat chronic sinus infections, please do tell. I started getting them years ago after doing daily outdoor workouts in a city with some of the worst air quality, Manhattan Beach, CA. There ARE oil refineries all over the place. At least that didn’t help…

Much Love,


(added 4/17/2013 — BTW Thanks Melisa and Vic for the tips. That Vicks Vapor-Inhaler and the warm compresses are winners! I feel SO MUCH better!)


  • Lynda

    Sorry you’re in so much pain. Sinuses are the worst. This won’t get rid of an infection, but it can help with the pressure. They sell saline flush spray at the drug store, and it definitely helps clear the sinuses. It will flush out all the nastiness if you use it regularly, and personally I think the saline flushing helps clear out what’s causing the infection too. I’ve had sinus problems ever since I moved to South FL, and I can’t take any type of antihistamine because they make my heart race like crazy, so the saline spray being drug free has really helped me out.

    Hope this helps you too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Z.L Arkadie

      You know what’s funny? My doctor told me to buy Ocean saline nasal spray and I did. However, I only use it when thinks get bad. Thanks for the tip Lynda. I’m going to start using it regularly. I’ve been using it regularly for the last 3 days and I also attribute it to my accelerated recovery. So, I’ll use it daily until the stuff is gone. Thanks for the tip, Lynda! Have a lovely weekend! All best, Z

    • Z.L Arkadie

      I’m feeling a lot better ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for asking. I’m certainly going to look into the Vicks shower disks. All the new tactics that I’m trying is finally digging this stuff deep out of my head and now that I’ve started, I’m going in for the kill! ๐Ÿ™‚ No more mucus! Wish me luck!
      Have a wonderful weekend! Talk soon, Z

  • Melissa Cavallone

    I hope you are feeling better! I too have a sinus infection. I have gone through soooo many tissues. I finally went to the dr. for an antibiotic and steroids to help my poor swollen sinuses.

    I can’t do neti pots as the fluid then settles in my ears. UGH. My former doctor used to put me on Afrin “for 3 days only” or you get addicted.

    I am thinking acupuncture might help you long term. I’m not so sure about the surgery, I don’t think it always works.

    • Z.L Arkadie

      Thanks Melissa, thanks to the Vapor-Inhaler I’m feeling A LOT better. It keeps me open so that I can blow it out. It’s always better when you’re not post-nasal dripping… That’s disgusting and most miserable part of it. Well… humph. That’s debatable. It’s all MISERABLE. ๐Ÿ™‚

      But you know what I find interesting here… We are all in different parts of the country (even Canada) and are suffering sinus infections. Maybe I’ve accused Los Angeles falsely. I’m pretty sure something has shifted in the air quality since I’ve grown up. Maybe the environment has finally take it’s toll on my body. It’s just weird. This just confirms for me that air quality issues is more of a global issue than we know. We’re getting the sinus infections. The next generation may get catch something a lot worse, and so on and so on. (Shakes head). All because people have to make their billions!

      Anyway… I so hope you feel better as well. I too will be on my 4th box of tissue in two days later today. At least it’s slowing down some. Take care and you might want to try that Vicks VaporInhaler it IS all the rage! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Take care, Melissa,

  • Melisa Rechenmacher

    Oh Z I know how you feel. I use to get sinus infections all the time. Currently I’m being run through the gambit of testing for my Thyroid. They’ve found some “growths” and they threw words like “Goiter”, “Cyst” and “Nodules” at me without explanation then tell me that there are not many specialists in my area for things like this. I despise when a physician has their Medical Assistant call to make an appointment and give you test results and then can’t explain them and what the implications are. It’s the physician’s job to call and explain the results. Then the appointment is 2 months away. Luckily, my wonderful husband drove an hour away to Cincinnati (for his own appointment) and found a fantastic physician and made an appointment much earlier than what was offered here. However, you still manage to freak out. I’m a trained Medical Assistant, along with a few other things (Couldn’t decide what I wanted to do, so I just kept going to different schools. LOL) So, I will tell you, VICKS! They actually make a nasal inhalant that allows you to use the Vicks, without going around SMELLING like Vicks! And it really does help. I also used Warm compresses on face and neck (back of it) Believe it or not, that helps loosen things up as well. Did they put you on some Mucinex? It does help break up the snot in your head and relieves the pressure behind your eyes. Other than that, a humidifier with Vicks in it will help as well. I hope you feel better. I loved your pictures you posted!! GORGEOUS! Today I planted my little garden. Some Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Rainbow Carrots, Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Rainbow Sweet Bell Peppers, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and of course my Blackberries are just starting to bloom and my Strawberries and Blueberries are already bearing some fruit. It’s almost smoothie time at my house! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Z.L Arkadie

      I’m so sorry to hear about your physician woes. A good doctor is something we actually have to shop for. If the first one sucks, try and try again.

      So today, I’m going to get VICKS’d up!And Vic, also suggested the warm compress, so usually when two people give the same advice, there’s something to it. I’m warm compressing all day today!

      My body didn’t like the chemicals in Mucinex so I threw it in the trash. The good news is I slept better last night and feel better today.

      Ahhh… you must post pictures of your garden when it gorws! Especially the berries! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to buy a house and start planting my own flowers, fruits and vegetables! Trees too… Can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks so much for the valuable suggestion. I really feel like you ladies are putting me on the road to recovery! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks again!

  • victoriawarren

    :'( So sad that your not feeling well! I think that moving where the air quality is better is great, that might help, but I don’t know. I get frequent sinus headaches when the weather changes, or when its humid or whenever my head has the inclination. I feel for you. I know that your waiting for me to tell you that you should have taken the whole prescription the last time you were sick. Well, you should have, but I have my own noncompliance issues and I try not to be too hypocritical. Lol
    I’m happy to see that it didn’t impede your writing. When I’m sick like that I can’t function. You are rockin the writin!! Hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, I would help your sick booty move but you’re just too far away. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I will just say good luck with it, and I hope you get better neighbors this time.

    By the way, I sleep with a moist heat on my face when I have a sinus problem. It might work for you. :/

    Feel better Z,

    • Z.L Arkadie

      LOLOLOLOL!!!! I know… I know… I should’ve taken it all then. I think I’m going to have to make an appointment with the doctor this week and try it again. I’m on my way into the shower and then to bed. And yeah, I’m going to buy one of those vaporizers and see if that helps.

      Knowing my luck there will be at least one person who blasts HIS stereo.

      Oh and I know,right? I’m so rockin it! I don’t know why it’s so easy. I mean, if I didn’t stop myself, I can seriously continue but 3k words is my daily max because the brain needs time to create, make the beats and plot points stronger. It’s a process.

      Anyway, at least thanks a million for the thought of helping me move ๐Ÿ™‚ . Of course, I hired movers. Another dang-on expense.

      Anyway, talk to you soon, Vic!
      Thanks again,

  • Sophie Sansregret

    Actually I didn’t really “like” this posting but there was no “commiseration” button to click. I suffer from horrid sinus problems. Infections constantly. The agony. Oh the agony. And I’ve tried every organic hippie crap remedy, the good stuff, OTC, prescription, flipping neti pots, nasal “lavage” and goodness knows what else. I have no suggestions. Just telling you only that one other person definitely knows the pain. I have it now. My right eyeball feels like it’s going to explode.


    • Z.L Arkadie

      OMG… Doesn’t it suck???? The good thing is I have chills every now and then so my body is fighting it. I have one more pill (antibiotic) that the doctor prescribed the last time that I didn’t finish. I’m pondering whether I should take it tonight or wait until the morning. And yeah, I tried all the hippie crap too. None of it works. I think there’s a surgery where the doctor goes in and drains it. I’m actually willing to look into that. The hot room yoga actually helped a lot when I lived in Seattle, but then the air quality was much better. I though the air quality in Canada was much better than here in the US.

      Thanks for your message of solidarity ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m just going to take the second and final pill of the day now…

      Take care, Sophie. I hope this torture leaves you soon.

      “Ughhhh… It sucks…”