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Weekend update

Saturday, January 28, 2012

First off, let us say that I'm about 1000% better than LAST weekend, in terms of personal health. I was one miserable gal last Friday through Sunday, but the antibiotics the Dr. prescribed Monday seem to be doing what they are supposed to. Halfway through the course, not crazy about the side effects (which are happening despite carefully following the instructions), but happy to be feeling normal again.

In fact, so normal that I stopped at the gym after work yesterday and did a gentle cardio workout on the elliptical machine. This morning had my maintenance check in at JC, and while the metal monster is up, I'm still in the goal range.

Meanwhile, left work on an emotional high yesterday, having got an initial test of new data created and uploaded. There's a whole lot more to go with this project, but it's "off the ground" in construction. And that makes me feel good about the week's progress.

I may have to make adjustments to my athletic goals for the year... still pondering that... we'll see how the reintroduction of training activity goes in the next week. Time, the ultimate scarce resource, will tell.

Here's to a gently active weekend, with extra rest built in... recuperation... ONWARD!

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CONCHA77 1/29/2012 12:06PM

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. What exactly do you do at work? Sounds like a tech-y job? Programmer?
Have a great Sunday.

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KATHRYNLP 1/29/2012 9:34AM

    Glad you're feeling better now!!! emoticon emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/28/2012 11:38PM

    Glad that you are feeling better. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/28/2012 11:33PM

    That is wonderful news indeed! Way to ease back into it, slow and careful. Enjoy your rest and recovery weekend. Sorry you are having a reaction to the medication, that is a nuisance :( Soon it will be over, and you will be your amazing self again :)

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KARIDIAN1 1/28/2012 10:03PM

    Good to read that you are feeling better and had a good week at work. Getting started on a new project is always a good feeling.

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MOBYCARP 1/28/2012 6:53PM

    I'm glad to hear you're getting better.

Adjusting to lesser athletic goals is tough emotionally. I'm wrestling with that one, too. As Mom used to say, "Getting old is not for sissies."

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DEBRA0818 1/28/2012 4:16PM

    That sounds like excellent progress and news on every front -- good for you! I know you will come up with the exact right training schedule for you considering all the factors and I look forward to hearing all about it!

Continued good healing.

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MIZCATHI 1/28/2012 2:19PM

    So happy for you that you are feeling better and it sounds like on the way to a full recovery. Good also that you gently worked the elliptical for some cardio. You are such a good example!

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DAWNDMOORE40 1/28/2012 12:56PM

    emoticonI am glad you are recovering! Take it easy on yourself! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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SUE_2U 1/28/2012 12:21PM

    I am so very happy that you are getting well. It takes time, true, and patience. Take good care of yourself. emoticon

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CEHALLA 1/28/2012 11:44AM

    Great news with the feeling better and the progress at work. Life is always about "adjustments"! Nothing is more constant than change, no matter what we do prevent it.
Keep Sparking!

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MSLZZY 1/28/2012 11:17AM

    Onward and back to normal this week-just
ehat the doctor ordered. So glad you are
feeling better! HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2012 11:16AM

    So glad you are getting back into the swing!

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The number on the scale is not your grade in life

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This one's for all my Spark buddies (and me) who have ever seen the scale go up when you're eating right. In this particular case it is rehydration following illness, and possible side effects of medication. My little device says I'm eating at a deficit, but the metal monster goes up.

It is times like this that challenge all the maxims we tell each other: the scale will do what the scale will do. As long as the behavior is OK, the clothes still fit, you are on the right track. Do not lose heart.

When the medication course is done, when the activity returns, and the behavior with food stays the path... the scale will eventually capitulate. And if it doesn't? Maybe there is a "new normal" in terms of "home range".

But you have to feel good about nurturing yourself, no matter the number on the scale. Patience, and practice!

Spark on! emoticon

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BUGGYS 1/28/2012 10:01AM

    I only get on the scale once a week at WW and although I get frustrated that the number isn't moving like I want it to, I feel so much better which makes me want to continue this journey. This is a new lifestyle and the numbers will get there!

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2012 8:28AM

    "Patience, and practice!" sounds good to me.
Glad you're feeling better.

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DEBRA0818 1/27/2012 10:35PM

    For some reason, I don't care about the scale anymore. I don't know how that happened, but I just take the daily or weekly number and file it away as information. Of course, I have hopes that I will always see a smaller number but it doesn't bother me if there are fluctuations. I honestly have no idea where this "scale maturity" came from, but I'll take it!

I don't think weight is worth obsessing over, though I do think it is important to follow my diet plan and exercise.

The scale was never my grade in life -- it just took me a while to realize that!


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LENKA763 1/27/2012 3:01PM

    that is the reason why I gave up on weighting in every day.
as you said the clothes fit, I have energy and I know this is "my normal".

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TISHTOES 1/27/2012 2:24PM

    Patience is right! Sometimes you just have to not worry about it.

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COMPUCATHY 1/27/2012 2:01PM

    Awesome true. It can be s "metal monster" we have to be confident in our other tracking to keep our minds from discouragement. Spark on! emoticon

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KATIE33MAHALA 1/27/2012 11:37AM

    This cold won't hold you back long, you do so well. I have to say, reading your blogs sure does seem to hit my thoughts right on the money at times. Wanted to tell you thank you, for at times when I am down, I read something you blogged and it gives me the push to keep moving. : )

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COMETER 1/26/2012 10:57PM

    As ever, you share helpful thoughts about something most of us face.

I realized this morning as I stepped on the scale that I REALLY wanted it to show weight loss, which it did not.

I've been doing great with new habits in the new year, but really, even with all of that progress, when it came right down to it, what I really wanted was progress on the scale. So your reminder came at a good time.

It's a lifestyle, not a number on the scale. Repeat. It's a lifestyle, not a number on the scale. Repeat. It's a lifestyle, not a number on the scale. Repeat. It's a lifestyle, not a number on the scale. Repeat. You get the picture.

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KARIDIAN1 1/26/2012 9:17PM

    I agree with your thoughts. I try not to let the scale variations bug me.

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_LINDA 1/26/2012 1:53PM

    I am so glad you are not worrying about what your scale is showing -well done! So many people can't give up their obsession with those numbers, its not the scale stupid, its the LIFESTYLE!!
Feel better soon, and when you are, you will be rocking it!!

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MSLZZY 1/26/2012 11:26AM

    Never judge yourself by the scale, that's for sure.
Once you are off meds, life will find it's new normal.
The body will let you know. HUGS!

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MIZCATHI 1/26/2012 10:36AM

    You have a good perspective - when you are sick and tired and just plain down and out, there may be a slow down in fitness gains but you will get back into fighting spirit if you take care of yourself!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/26/2012 8:16AM

    GREAT way of thinking about that. Some day, when I grow up, I wanna be just like you. In my case the scale is going up -- but it's for all the wrong reasons. Extended vacations, I am finding, are not a good fit for me. With each nudge of the scale (in the upward direction) my resolve and mental motivation drop. Thankfully we'll be heading back home in a week and a half. Just hoping I have enough gumption when we get there to get back "at it."

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LJR4HEALTH 1/26/2012 8:15AM

    Thanks for the reminder too many times we measure ourselves by that darn scale number and base everything on it

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KATHRYNLP 1/26/2012 8:11AM

    Good advice... and don't forget the measuring tape will show you that you're doing everything right! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/26/2012 7:57AM

    Oh, yeah. Thanks for the reminder!! And: hope you're feeling absolutely great soon.

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 7:42AM

    That is so very true. I have had this happening to me off and on throughout the whole past two years, sometimes up twenty pounds or more, then back down in a day or two.
I am so sorry to hear that you have been so ill. I do hope you are going to be feeling healthy again very soon. Be patient with yourself, though. It takes time to heal.

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Very SHORT pep-talk!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Because I have to get myself out the door to work:

1. The number on the scale is not your grade in life.
2. The number of steps on your pedometer is not your grade in life.
3. YOU are worth taking care of.
4. LISTEN to what your body needs TODAY!

Now go do it, and have a Sparkly day! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 1/27/2012 6:23AM

    As always-thanks!

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 7:47AM

    Wise words, every one! emoticon

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COMETER 1/25/2012 8:03PM

    Very short and very sweet.

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KARIDIAN1 1/25/2012 5:02PM

    Thanks for the reminders- some days I need that.

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REJ7777 1/25/2012 1:59PM

    Lots of wisdom in few words! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/25/2012 1:56PM

    It may be short, but it's a powerful message. emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/25/2012 11:55AM

    I think I need to have that tatooed onto my forhead so I see it every time I look in the mirror. (Which, lately, is as little as possible . . . .)

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LJCANNON 1/25/2012 10:28AM

    emoticonWell Said!!

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MSLZZY 1/25/2012 10:10AM

    Well put-short and to the point! Have a great day!

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MAGGIE101857 1/25/2012 8:35AM

    Brief, but powerful! I will keep it in my mind today and hopefully it will motivate me to get in my ST tonight - because I took it easy this morning and spent the time planning my meals, preparing breakfast and lunch, and catching up on SPARK and my tv programs from last night!!!

Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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BUGGYS 1/25/2012 8:15AM

    Thanks, Barb...I really had to push myself to get in my 10,000 body needed it!!!

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KRISZTA11 1/25/2012 8:13AM

Thanks for sharing : )

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SHARON2014 1/25/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you! I needed to hear that today. emoticon

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Not sure I even need a pep talk - no, wait, I do!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's morning. It's pre-work. My lunch is packed, my body feels better, I'm being a good girl and following Dr.'s orders with the pills.

I have *missed* being active. So... why do I need a pep talk?

I need a different kind of pep talk today. One that tells me, "you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

Yep, wisdom needs to be self-spoken. And repeated a lot. emoticon And so can I. One day at a time.

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PENNYAN45 1/24/2012 9:02PM

    I'm glad the antibiotic is working so well for you.
And of course you will know how far to go with your activities while you are coming back from last week.

It's great you are feeling better!

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CASEYTALK 1/24/2012 7:09PM

    You've learned to listen to your body. You're going to take care of it, I'm certain. One day at a time.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/24/2012 11:49AM

    This says it all: "you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

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MIZCATHI 1/24/2012 10:53AM

    Maybe you can do something light, like a slower paced walk, some chair exercises. Hang in there, you will get better!

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SUNNY332 1/24/2012 10:15AM

    Wow - 8 days. I have been sick since Sunday and already whining.

Hang in there and yes, you do need to get back into the swing of things slowely.

Hugs, Suny

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MSLZZY 1/24/2012 10:14AM

    After 8 days, the urge to jump back in is strong but use your
good common sense and take it easy until you have fully
recovered. HUGS!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 10:02AM

    Speaking as a person who has had plenty of restarts of my beloved exercise, it will come back, but you do have to be slow and careful to crank it up again. Especially as you are in a weakened state. Don't want to give other bugs a chance to take hold and there seems to be plenty of those going around and hitting my Spark buddies :((
Feel better soon and enjoy your return to normalness!
You will be out there in no time!!

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DRB13_1 1/24/2012 9:40AM

    emoticon The journey is the victory - no need to rush!
Be kind to your body, avoid injury or trying to do too much too soon. emoticon
Listen to your body's messages, and have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/24/2012 9:21AM

    I am dazed and amazed by the number of days I spend getting back into my workout routine after a slight injury, illness and other life events. This did not happen when I was in my 30's! Yet, it is what happens now, so I concur with the pep talk advice and give one to both of us: go slow, be happy!


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ANDI571 1/24/2012 8:31AM

    Just like we fall into the trap of over eating to soothe ourselves, you don't want to fall the other way. If your common sense it telling you that you need to take another day or two off to heal, that is what you need to do. Again, it's the balance we seek for. Taking care of ourselves physically is more than just diet and exercise.

Keep up that pep talk and take care of yourself. But I know you will. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 1/24/2012 8:25AM

    You are going to be full swing in no time - but it does not have to be all today! One step at a time!


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SLENDERELLA61 1/24/2012 8:17AM

    You nailed it, Barb! You know what to do, now do it!!

"you've been off your feet for what, eight days? Take it easy today. Add steps back gradually. Don't go lift weights today. Do a few days of brisker walking before you try to run. You aren't 20 something! But you are a fit 59, and it will come back quickly, if you just don't get impatient about it."

Those words apply to me, too. I'm still sick and still doing less brisk walking. I'll be picking up the pace soon, though, and right behind you.

At our age (I'm 3 years older than you - you are the age of my "baby" sister), we need to listen to our bodies as we recover. And we need to CELEBRATE every day that we are healthy enough to run!!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/24/2012 7:54AM

    Always hard for me to trust that I will get back to exercise after surgery/illness. But: I do. And you will too. When it's time. When you're recovered.

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OK, I think I'm done!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Done with this silly being sick thing, that is! I called the Dr. today. This morning I was feeling better, but so wiped out from the weekend of horrors that I stayed home. Anyway, the coworker I called was diagnosing me from her own experience as having developed a sinus infection.

Those of you who don't know, I am not much for doctoring. I was raised without it, and still resist it. Last place I want to be when sick is in a Dr's office or a hospital... that's where you go to prove you're all better! Yeah, I know it's warped. I forced myself to call. They couldn't get me in until the last appointment of the day.

The doctor agreed with my co-worker... sinus infection. This was a new to me doctor, as my regular one didn't have any openings left. So, when she asked the usual doctorly questions: any allergies to medications, have many of these infections, I had to educate her to my upbringing, and only having seen doctors for the past 5 to 10 years. It is getting close to ten years now. She very considerately asked me if I was OK taking antibiotics... well, that way of life is behind me, and if I'm in her office, I'm going to take her direction!

I walked out with a prescription for antibiotics, and will take this course of meds for ten days. Something I had not observed before nor did I expect: I feel better just having gone and had a name put to it... I'm sure the meds will also help... but at least I won't be second guessing myself over a relapse!

So... another hurdle to health care overcome... next time I'm sick, I probably won't be quite so reluctant to go see someone for help.

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 7:44AM

    I'm so glad you got antibiotics for this. Sinus infections are horrible! emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/24/2012 11:30AM

    Good that you went to the doctor; those infections can just linger and linger. Feel better! emoticon

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ANDI571 1/24/2012 9:49AM

    So glad you went to the doctor. You will be surprised at how much better you will fill once that antibiotic kicks in.


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BUGGYS 1/24/2012 7:23AM

    I have only had one sinus infection and it was bad and put me out for a week until I went to the doc for meds...did the trick and I felt like new after a day...glad you went to get help!!!

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DEBRITA01 1/24/2012 6:25AM

    Glad you are on the road to recovery. Hopefully, with the RX you will be feeling better real soon.

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MIZCATHI 1/24/2012 5:06AM

    Wow, can I relate to this... I'm so stubborn I won't go to a DR until it's clear that I am SICK, and by then it's usually so progressed that I'm not able to put one foot in front of the other. Sounds like you intend to follow the course of treatment, and I hope you will listen to that body of yours and rest up! Feel better soon and in no time you'll be back to your old self. Big Hugs.

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 1:29AM

    And make sure you take every last pill until the bottle is gone, even if you feel better. Lots of people make the mistake if you feel better, the infection is gone, but not so. You don't want it rebounding stronger than ever if some small amount wasn't caught. It only takes one bug to survive.. I had a sinus infection so severe they had to give me two courses of pills. It had spread to the nerves in my jaw and I couldn't chew for being in such pain. I wouldn't recommend it as a way to lose six pounds :P It dragged on for eight weeks..
Hope yours was caught in time..

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MSLZZY 1/23/2012 11:43PM

    My oldest brother is the same and almost died from a
heart attack. Now he knows to get his tush to the doctor
ASAP. This is not the same thing but he has suddenly
realized that doctors do have a place in this world.
Take care and get better. HUGS!

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COMETER 1/23/2012 10:21PM

    Keep taking good care of yourself.

And I'd recommend exploring sinus rinsing--it really helps a person get all the infection cleared out.

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MOBYCARP 1/23/2012 10:02PM

    Dealing with this stuff is kind of like dealing with diet and exercise. You learn a new vocabulary, you learn new concepts, and you follow the professional's instructions as precisely as you can. If it were someone else, I might mention how important it is to take the full course of antibiotics; but since it's you, I'm confidant that you've already done the research and know all the reasons why that's important.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/23/2012 9:44PM

    Oh yeah -- those sinus infections can be real buggers. Glad you went in and got checked out. After 24 hours on antibiotics you'll be feeling like a new woman.

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PENNYAN45 1/23/2012 9:08PM

    Sinus infections can leave you feeling miserable. The symptoms can include anything from headaches to being tired, sometimes feeling dizzy, to not hearing very well.
It's good you went to the MD and got the antibiotic.
I hope you feel well again soon.

PS This is the best kind of ailment for doctors. With just a prescription, they can cure you!!

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FITGRL124 1/23/2012 8:53PM


Feel better soon!

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46SHADOW 1/23/2012 8:39PM

    Get better soon! Hope the antibiotics clear things up for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/23/2012 8:25PM

    Hope those antibiotics do the trick in a hurry. Be well.

And be sure to take the whole prescription. I found out the hard way 30+ years ago. I felt better, so quit taking the medicine. Then my infection came back resistent and it took months, lots of testing and culturing, and 8 different antibiotics to find one that finally worked.

I was not raised without doctors, but these days I don't run to them without a good reason. Figuring out when to go to doctor and when not to at times is tricky.

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MAGGIE101857 1/23/2012 8:18PM

    Almost forgot - did they tell you to use saline spray or my favorite (Ayr saline gel). The gel requires using a q-tip to put in your nostrils, but I like it much more. It really helps keep things less dry!

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MAGGIE101857 1/23/2012 8:17PM

    I've had two already this season, which is very rare for me : ( I'm not liking it, and I'm sure you aren't either! Feel better!!

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FITFABJENN 1/23/2012 8:00PM

    No wonder you've felt so poorly. Sinus infections are no fun, but at least the antibiotics should get you feeling better soon.

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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2012 7:54PM

    Good for you!! Like you, I find it very very hard to go to a doctor when sick . . . glad you've got past it!! And hope you're better soon with the antibiotics.

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