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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Winner for Best Actress

...should've been me.

For the past seven days I've been suffering from headaches. At first, I didn't think much of it. I kept posting, commenting, answering emails, and writing. All the while the headaches grew worse. It felt like a sinus headache, but far more painful, encompassing my entire head and down the back of my neck.

In the meantime, some of you who follow me on Facebook learned of my unfortunate brawl with a piece of wire that whipped back and smacked me in the eye. That did NOT help my headache situation. LOL!

Realizing things were getting worse, I finally made an appointment with the doctor for the next day. 

I wish now I had thought of this 24 hours earlier. The night before my appointment, I could barely take a step because I was so dizzy. All I could do was hang in there until morning, though I did manage to put the Sheriff's office on speed dial in case I needed a trip to the emergency room.

After a rough night, I drove to the doctor's office and waited. She confirmed it was a severe sinus infection. When I asked her why the pain went as far down as my neck, she said an acute sinus headache can radiate to the back of the head.

Holy moley! I wouldn't wish this on anybody. I'm on antibiotics and pain meds now. Although I'm not dizzy, I've still got a dull headache and I've decided to take it easy for the next few days.

Update: Found my beta readers. Thanks, everyone!

While I'm recovering I thought I'd ask for volunteers to beta read my two Frugal Way books (soon to be released). What I'm looking for is someone who can point out anything that needs more explanation. One book is on grocery shopping, the other on garage sales.

I only need one reviewer for each book. If you're interested, please follow these instructions.

1. You must reside in the US or Canada since I use American jargon.
2. You must have an excellent eye for typos. These books are pretty clean so you probably won't find any--but just in case.
3. I will need feedback within a week's time.

If you meet the above qualifications, email me and let me know which book you prefer to review. The Frugal Way books are short and to the point so they should be fast reads.

If you're chosen, you will be listed in the credits as my beta reader and will receive the finished e-book as well as the other e-book when they're published.
Question of the day: Any sinus headache sufferers out there? Have you ever had a headache knock you out this bad? I've got to admit I was a little scared the night before my doc appointment. I even wrote Greg a short email and asked him to check on me if he didn't hear from me come morning.

PS to Home Canners: Does anyone have a pickled egg recipe they've used and liked? Email me if you do. Thanks!


Angela Brown said...

I scoped out you mentioning being on pain meds and antibiotics. Please get better soon. Very soon. I suppose I'm not surprised it took you a while to make an appointment. You give me the sense of being a "tough it out" kind of person :-)

Although I haven't had a sinus pain like that, unfortunately, once or twice a year I suffer from migraines so terrible that regular meds don't help. And because my belly can get a little rolly-woo woo with strong pain meds, I have to take fenagrin (sp). So severe migraine+pain med+fen pill = no way on earth or in hell to get anything done beyond drooling on the pillow for several hours. Not fun. I can sympathize with your pain.

I will NEED that one for grocery shopping. I can not tell a lie. I'm horrible. I really need to get better at it. So YAY! for this one coming out.

Rosie Lane said...

I had a sinus infection once and the pain was enough to make me scream. Sinuses = pain IMO.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: It's not that I'm tough, (LOL) it's that I'm such a wimp with pain meds. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, so I try to tough it out rather than endure treatment.

I've had several friends who suffer with migraines and it sounds awful. They either live with the pain or walk around like zombies. I can't believe they haven't come up with better treatments for migraine sufferers.

Maria Zannini said...

Rosie: I never used to suffer sinus headaches. But we're experiencing some extraordinary storm fronts lately and I think that's what did me in. I may have to move to Alaska.

Renee Miller said...

Oh, I feel your pain. I've had a few sinus infections like that and it is excruciating. I had one that began like yours, but Kennedy was just home from the hospital after a bout with meningitus (can't spell that) and I didn't want to take her anywhere, especially a germ-filled doctor's office, so I ignored it. I know, stupid, but I'd been checked out by the doctor and knew I hadn't contracted her virus, so I thought, meh, put up with it. The infection eventually spread through my body, into my muscles. Oh my God, never again. I had muscle spasms so bad I couldn't sleep. Of course, my doctor had a few stern words for me. So it's good you went in before it got really bad. Even a "mild" sinus infection is beyond painful.

Dee said...

Hope the meds knock your infection out, and fast! I'm prone to sinus infections, and I always call the doc for antibiotics as soon as I suspect one. Mine always stay concentrated in my face, but the pain can be so low that it feels like a toothache. Awful!

Get better soon, Maria!

Maria Zannini said...

Renee: Believe it or not, when it reached my neck I started to suspect meningitis.

I think I'll yell at you too for not seeing a doc--especially after you brought Kennedy home with meningitis. What were you thinking!?

I had NO idea that a sinus infection could spread like that. I'll be more diligent if I notice those symptoms again.


Dee: Apparently, I am a neophyte when it comes to sinus infections. I've had headaches, but nothing like this. It didn't even occur to me it was an infection. I'm learning a lot this week.

Angelina Rain said...

Ouch, sorry about the sinus headache. I suffer from those at least once a year (usually twice if not more). They are a killer and if the sinus headache is strong enough, none of the over the counter meds work.

I hope you get over yours soon.

Mike Keyton said...

I can sympathise but not emphasise. The only headaches I've ever experienced have been self inflicted. Moving to Alaska seems a bit extreme - but I hope you feel better soon, Maria.

Angela Felsted said...

Oh Maria, I'm so sorry you've been hurt. I hope you recover and feel better soon. No more headaches.

Maria Zannini said...

Angelina: Mine was always a once a year occurrence too. I hope this was it. :P

Mike: I hate you. LOL! You are waaaay too lucky in life.

Angela: I was actually more worried for the dogs. That's why I emailed hubby. If I kicked the bucket, I didn't want the dogs to be left alone too long.

Kaye Manro said...

Sorry about you being sick. I suffer from migraines so I can relate to headache pain. I get sick and can't stand light-- so no computer time. Glad you are on your way to getting better.

Raelyn Barclay said...

Take it easy and get better soon {hugs}

"I was actually more worried for the dogs. That's why I emailed hubby. If I kicked the bucket, I didn't want the dogs to be left alone too long." Can I just say, this scared me more than your post! Darn it but I hate that you are alone most of the time.

Shirley Wells said...

Ouch. So sorry to hear this, Maria. Hubby suffered the same thing a year or so ago and he was in agony.

Sending good thoughts your way. Feel better soon!

Maria Zannini said...

Kaye: I cannot imagine anything worse than migraines. I've seen too many friends literally curl up in a ball waiting for it to pass.

Raelyn: Not to sound morbid, but we all reach an age where if nothing can be done for you, you have to think about those left behind. (I will be happier when Greg finally retires though.)

Shirley: My hubby had a similar episode several years ago too and I was hoping that's what I had. It confused me because it traveled to my neck, but at least now I know that's just normal for me.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Someone may have already said this, but when I had a sinus infection, laying a cold cloth over my sinuses helped, sometimes even an ice pack. That might help your eye, too.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I did put a cold pack on my eye and it helped keep the swelling down. Only a bullet would've helped the rest of my head. :(

Hope you're feeling better today.

Shelley Munro said...

It's funny because my SIL and I were discussing sinus infections last night. There's a bad infection going around at present in NZ or so she said. I hope the drugs take care of the problem for you, Maria. Speedy recovery!

broken biro said...

Sorry you've been in such pain - I heard sinus pain is really bad.

I'll be residing in the US for two weeks in March (Arizona!) - but not sure I'll pick up the jargon!

Clarissa Draper said...

I don't suffer from sinus infections but they do sound horrible!

I want to help you with your Frugal projects because they sound so interesting, however, I'm on a deadline right now with my manuscript and my publisher will kill me if I put it off. Hope you get a lot of help though.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: They don't typically get to me, so either it's weather related or age. Probably both. :(

Broken Biro: I saw that on your blog but then I never got a chance to visit. You're not making a stop in Dallas, are you? I'd make the drive to visit you on your layover. Enjoy Arizona! Wish it were closer to me.

Clarissa: That's so nice of you to offer. I understand about deadlines. I just got a new one land on my lap so I need to start planning my next steps. Thanks, Clarissa.

jackie b central texas said...

I too wish you were not out there alone so much, understand why it has to be that way but darnit Maria if you have to put the Sherrif department on speed dial that is not a good sign!
Take meds, get some rest and for heavens sake stop playing with sharp objects near your face young lady or who knows what kind of trouble you will get into next.

Hugs and feel better, my little old flu bug now seems pale in comparison to your ordeal.

Dru said...

I've been where you are. I had one headache knock me out where I was incoherent and of no use to anyone, including myself. That day I felt like I was going to die. I did the same thing, called my mom and sister and told them to phone me the next day regardless.

Glad you got your antibiotics.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: That's what happens when you live in the boonies. Our fire department is a tiny little thing that's all volunteer, so it's either the sheriff or nuthin'. This weather has really taken a toll on a lot of us this season.

Dru: I am so glad you said this. (Not glad it happened to you.) I didn't want to overreact, but I just didn't know what to think. I'd never had anything so violent overtake me like this. The only thing that kept me calm is that I remembered Greg had a similar episode years before. (Poor guy was also alone at the time--but at least the neighbor could take him to the doctor.) Thanks for sharing your story.

Stacy McKitrick said...

And as I'm reading this, I also have a headache, but I think this one is hormonal. Time to take some aspirin.

Hope you're feeling better soon! Headaches suck!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh my gosh! That sounds bad. I've only had one sinus headache that was close to that but no dizziness. I remember my jaw felt like it would fall off though.

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to be nice like everybody else. I'm going to go Bwahahahahaha at your post title and first line! Well done.

As for the pickled eggs...yeah, I have a recipe in brown vinegar but don't those critters make you really, y'know, farty??? (Do Yanks use that phrase? Should I have said "flatulence-enhanced" instead?)

Kaz Augustin (Anonymous 'cos I'm using Opera and Opera don't like Blogger)

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Since I retired, I don't get the headaches I used to, so this threw me.

Jennifer: Apparently, the sinuses get around. I've been hearing some pretty good horror stories.

Kaz: Well, heck, Kaz. How many do you eat? I only have one for a snack. And what is brown vinegar? Do you mean cider vinegar?
--I know I owe you an email. Let me catch up on my chores and I'll write you later.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Good luck with the Beta readers. I'm Canadian so know some of the lingo, but have lived in UK since I was 2yrs old, so sometimes get confused.

I used to suffer very badly with sinus headaches when I was about 6yrs old. I can still remember them now they were that bad. I had to take painkillers and sleep them off. I hope yours go soon.

Maria Zannini said...

Madeleine: I didn't know you were originally from Canada. Cool.

I need to update that post. I already have my betas.

PS I can't imagine a child having to go through that much pain. You poor kid.

Cate Masters said...

Oh yikes, how awful! I was afraid you were going to say the wire infected you with tetanus. Thank goodness for small allowances, at least. Hope you're on the mend!

Sarah Ahiers said...

oh man, i hope you feel better soon! If i'd had a headache that bad, i would totally freak out and think i was stroking out or something. I'm always worried headaches=strokes. I can't help it.

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: I was lucky in that it got my skin first, but the snap of the wire was hard enough to poke a hole. I notice a dark spot on my eyeball, but it cleared up in two days.

Sarah: I really didn't want to overreact, but I started getting worried when the headache migrated to the back of my neck. I feel much better now.