Two doctor visits today, the second of which was to an ENT who told me that I have chronic sinusitis. This makes sense since I’m currently enjoying my fifth sinus infection of the last eight months. Diagnosis was made after the doctor looked into my sinus cavities with a long tube camera. This was one of the more uncomfortable sensations I’ve ever experienced, heightened both by my inflamed nasal tissue and an anatomical idiosyncrasy of a, in the words of the doctor, “severely” deviated septum. Medical science isn’t exactly sure why certain individuals have the inflamed sinus cavities characteristic of this condition (possibly allergy related, which would make sense in my case), they just know that it prevents the sinus cavities from draining normally, leaving them prone to infection. “Just think of it as having asthma in your nose,” the doctor told me. “Great,” I thought, “I already actually have asthma in my lungs. Might as well metaphorically have it in my nose, too.” While there isn’t a cure, I can stave off my predisposition to sinus infections by using a neti pot EVERY morning and using a nasal steroid spray like Nasonex EVERY night. For the rest of my life. Or, at least, for the rest of my life that I would like to stave of my predispostion to sinus infections.
In conclusion, evolution wants me dead and had I been born, say, two? three? generations ago, cholera or typhus or something would have taken care of my sickling ass a long time ago.
On the plus side, I did get a 90 point word score in a game of online Scrabble earlier today, a huge personal best for me.
All in all, not a bad day.