I think I've managed to avert a sinus infection by starting up a regimen of Zyrtec, allergy nose spray, and Breathe Right strips. The nose spray and the Breathe Right are both new things for me, although the nose spray was actually prescribed last summer (no, the bottle is not expired yet).
I had a definite sinus infection coming on earlier this week, and the meds have basically stopped it in its tracks. That's a good thing, considering my 7-days-in-a-row at work. The thing that has been amazing are those Breathe Right strips. I never actually knew how they worked. Turns out, they are just like really stiff band-aids with an exceptionally sticky adhesive. You stick them across the bridge of your nose, and the strip pulls the exterior of your nose outwards, which in turns widens your airway. You feel sort of like your nose is a balloon full of air - but that's a good thing for someone like me who hasn't breathed clearly through my nose in, I dunno, about 10 years. The widened airway not only helps you to breathe in more air, but it also clears congestion, because it allows your nasal passages to drain better (at least, I'm assuming that's how it works). So not only do you suddenly feel like you could vacuum with your nose, but the congestion also goes away. I've only used them two nights so far, but already I'm addicted. I've literally been looking forward to bed time all day so I could put another one on.
Yes, this is the sort of shit that happens when you get old. You start looking forward to applying Breathe Right strips to your nose. Next thing you know, it'll be excitement over your daily glass of Ensure. And before long, anticipation of Wheel of Fortune and the nurse coming in to change your diaper.
My sister, Lisa LeBon, is all a-tingle because a movie is being filmed at the university where she works. Her husband, Simon LeBon, is out on tour right now with his band, Duran Duran, and she is biding her time by stalking Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. Come to find out, Ryan Gosling and John Gosselin are not the same people, although I've always equated them together up until today. You probably know Ryan Gosling from his guest appearance on Canada's Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, during season four's "Dragons' Lair" episode.
There was an article today on USATODAY.com about how scientists have recently pointed out that the big snowstorms in the northeast this year are consistent with the model of global warming. As soon as I saw the headline, I knew the Comments section would make for some entertaining reading. Here are a few tidbits:
From 411Patriot: Science used to be a widely respected field...... until the global warming lies were uncovered. It has made the entire scientific community hard to trust anymore..... nice job @ss wipes.
From libsrcrazy: These so-called scientists will blame every weather change on their global warming hoax!!! Give it up already! The jig is up.
From RockmanForte: Laugh while you can according to the bible. This world is going to get worse. Be warn just like in Noah's time. Stop laughing and starting study the bible (No, I dont mean go to church and listen to liars priests and nuns at all). WOKE UP!
From 6burgh: Unfortunately moonbat libs will believe it or actually dont believe it but think its cool to believe cause so hollyweird kook will say they believe in it. if that make sense.
There was at least one perceptive comment, from a person named soul68: I love all the inane comments from people on this board who probably couldn't pass a basic high school science class.
This is my grandfather, Oscar Kirby. He died when I was 13. The name of the horse escapes me (although I'm sure Lisa LeBon will remember it), but the picture was taken on the gravel entrance to his farm - probably circa 1982 or so - in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where both sides of my family have connections going back over 200 years. His grandfather on his father's side was a Civil War veteran of the Confederacy, while his great-grandfather on his mother's side was a Civil War veteran of the Union.
You have NO IDEA how much I wish I could jump into this picture.