No, this isn't the test for the swine flu.
But it might as well be.
I was just telling somebody that it was my intention for the time being
not to do any new posts until the end of the month. But after running
into Angeliki's continuing problems with her sinuses, and after having
had my own bout with sinus stuff in December, I thought that it might be
good to post this information. In some way or another. Just be forewarned
that this might be the grossest post I've ever done.
After being admitted to the hospital during my recent stay, somebody got
some bee in their bonnet that the symptoms of pneumonia were very much
like swine flu so that maybe I had the swine flu. Well evidently the one
method they have for testing for swine flu is to do what they call a "nasal
swab" but which should really be called something like "method of medieval
torture." The swabs used are nothing like Q-tips — nice cardboard sticks
with cotton on them. The swine flu swabs are long, thin plastic straws,
sort of like swizzle sticks to stir drinks with in bars. The sticks are
then inserted into your nose, one for each nostril, and slid up into the
sinuses and then (seemingly) into your brain.
Well as a result of this test my upper sinuses began dumping. You
wouldn't believe the stuff I blew out of my nose. Not just the normal
runny snot stuff. Not just the thick dense mucus that you get with a
head cold. But stuff that resembled one-inch long sections of fish guts.
This all began about 2 hours after the test and was to continue even
when I got back home. A box of Kleenex has been my constant companion
over the past week.
It was a shocking and freaky experience. I had always thought of the
human sinuses as being like a series of interconnected caves. And that
while there was some mucus to keep them moist that they were more or
less empty unless a person had a sinus cold or infection. Well as it
turns out particulate matter enters into the sinuses as we breathe. And
while most of it gets dumped out through the lower sinuses, evidently
some quantity gets dumped in the remote sinuses. As a result, these
passages accumulate all sorts of particulate matter over the years. I
swear the stuff that was coming out of my sinuses had been up there
since like 1987. The cells in our body may in fact renew themselves
every 7 years, making us new people. But the crap we breathe in is
stuck there forever. My feeling after all of this was that it is a wonder
that anybody can breathe through their nose at all past about age 35.
As disgusting as the whole process was, especially the fish gut thing, I
actually found myself hoping that my sinuses would stay open for a while
and get rid of all that crap. As it was my upper sinuses seemed to close up
again after about five days. Talking to one of my doctors in the hospital
about the whole thing he recommended that if I wanted to keep my sinuses
open I might try using a nadi — basically a bowl of boiling water that you stick
your head over and breath in the steam. If you've ever seen Crocodile Dundee
you are more than likely laughing at the thought of that already. In one
scene Mich walks into the bathroom at a swanky New York party and finds a
guy doing lines of cocaine. Thinking that the guy is taking some sort of
medicine for his sinuses, he shows him a "better way to do it" by dumping
the expensive coke into a bowl of hot water, putting the guy's head over
the bowl, and placing a towel over his head. "That'll fix ya up!" he says
to the bloke.
Anyway, that's a nadi.
Not that gross. After reading this, it's kind of like when somebody tells you about this really scary movie which will make you crap your pants and you go to see it, and after having not crapped your pants after all, you go home somewhat dissapointed. Fortunately, I have never had difficulties with my sinuses. My wife says, it's because my nose is so incredibly big. She sometimes wonder what is going on inside my head, though. I can relate to that. I have no idea myself. The stuff that comes out of your nose might be some kind of ectoplasmic matter. I'd keep the number to the nearest Catholic church on speed-dial if I was you.One can never be too safe.
Well maybe I did overadvertise a bit. But it was disgusting to me at least. Just because you've never had a problem with it doesn't mean it not up there in your head — lurking, waiting.
PSamazingly with all that was going on,I gained 4 pounds! how the hell did that happen? It is like my body prepared itself for worse days ahead! :lol:now I need to cut on carbs all together ! bye – bye multiple grains bread 😥
I had that swine flu last September. Put me in bed for a week. Don't think I've ever been that sick, but I wasn't nearly as ill as most people who actually caught it around here. A woman from the town just thirteen miles north of me was the first to die from it in Arkansas.But I didn't even go to the doctor. The docs were all saying that the only flu that was going around at the time was the swine flu, and to stay home if we were sick unless we had critical symptoms or had already-compromised respiratory or immune systems.After your description of the test for swine flu, I'm reallyreallyreally glad I didn't go to the doctor.:yuck::lol:
" Well evidently the one method they have for testing for swine flu is to do what they call a "nasal swab" but which should really be called something like "method of medieval torture." The swabs used are nothing like Q-tips — nice cardboard sticks with cotton on them. The swine flu swabs are long, thin plastic straws, sort of like swizzle sticks to stir drinks with in bars. The sticks are then inserted into your nose, one for each nostril, and slid up into the sinuses and then (seemingly) into your brain."yes Sir! :cry:I had two white caterpillars come out of my brain too after the test! I am with you on this! the bad part ,the mucus was a pathetic ugly thing that even with coughing will be all over the air! 😥 I was so miserable ,not because I was coughing a lung or two, but because I had to be prepared with boxes of tissues all over to avoid the embarrassment! :down:
PSinteresting that,you inspired my post,and my/your sinus this gem! :lol:I think we spend too much time together! :p
Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
after Valentines Day , Feb.15th . After 3 prescriptions and a month of meds, I can finally walk out of the office without a companion. My legs were too weak to even drive 😦 I am good now Eddie. I just felt for my kids that were worried sick for me :)the happy thing,my weekends after the end of Feb, were free and my friend Anna came from Switzerland and kept my kids busy :)Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
trust me nobody will pay for them! :lol:Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
w00t!we have a great future ahead of us! 🙂
Don't be a pessimist! Ah, we never can spend too much time together!:)Too bad we didn't get pictures of all that crap. :pWhen did you have your's done?
I hopefully will not have to have that done to my sinuses. I really don't want to see that. I have always had a problem with sinuses because of where I live. I usually walk around with a kleenex in hand, especially at this time of year, and then during the transition of fall to winter. It was kind of gross, Edward, but I learned something I didn't know, so I guess I'll let you get by with it. lol.
I would not like to have two nails stuck in my brain through a nose :insane:I had problems with sinuses when I was a kid, but now it is much better, even though I need to use some essential oils in hot water to breathe in, sometimes :DNo, not a coke 😛
:pYou should have told the guy "Damn! They told me when I got my nipples pierced that it would help my cold too!"
Eddie,I was told today by a client,if I get a nose ring will solve my problems! "women in India have no such problems< get a nose ring! "ROFL:lol:
Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
😮 who told you ? 😆 so not!now since my problem is great,I think I will go for a bigger size, no?link: http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k45/ajoann23/biggest-nose-ring-ever-f84.jpgand I might not need a dentist with that thingy either! :lol:image (link above)
:lol:You would look totally bitchin'! NOT!Well I'm not one for telling kids how to dress, but…that might be just a TAD on the strange side.Less is more! 😆
😆 yes!just don;t say "Less is more! " to Pamela Anderson ( . Y . ) :lol:why mention her? because she is now on "Dancing with the stars" and I have to admit she did a great job !!! and because her bewbs is nothing than "less" 😆
I was reading all the Stars comments on your polar bear post (which of course is the appropriate place to talk about dancing shows). My mom is watching that show.
Bears dance too! 😆http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UeCRY1wciA
😆 I am glad you enjoyed it!:)soon to visit the new posts on Opera! :heart:
Ha! LMAO.I think that's more like pole dancing! :p
Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
That is what I call an adequat observation…LMAO
Edward, here is a little something I have been holding on to for days. You may already have her (or not like this shot) but I know you like Marilyn Monroe. Her butt anyway. don't know if you like her boobs. But here's a link just in case you want to save it. Then I'm going to delete it from my files.Ran across it when I was looking for Retro Pinups several days ago and been meaning to get it to you. When I would think of it though, I was always in the wrong OS.Hope you don't already have it—-you probably do.http://files.myopera.com/L2D2/STUFF/275588165_o.jpg
Let me know as soon or if you save it, OK?
It's saved!No, I didn't have that one. I think I saw it once but didn't have it on file. Thank you very much, Linda!
Hope you like it. You can tell it's an oldie. I will now delete it from my files as I do not get turned on by Marilyn Monroe. She's the wrong gender. 😀
@ Star.Star I'm so sorry I missed your Comment. Things slip by sometimes when I'm using the Blackberry. Anyway, I am sorry you had the flu but happy that you didn't have any of the tough symptoms. Not sure about that not going to the doctor thing though, to be honest. But that's your decision. And it all worked out. :yes:
No problem, Edward. We all miss these pesky things every now and then.:lol::heart: