Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The ants go marching

The house was quiet last night: Abby was asleep, Rich was upstairs in the shower, and it wasn't yet time for bed. I rolled out my black yoga mat and started the DVD meant to slow down my day and ease me into sleep. (Not that I really need help being eased into sleep). As soon as my bum was in the air for the first downward dog, something felt amiss.
My forehead was on fire. It felt like tiny red ants were chewing away and my sinuses as blood rushed to my head. It was agonizing, so I sat that pose out. Then it turned into anytime I leaned or bent forward, an insane sinus headache would infiltrate my calm zen thoughts and ruin the moment. I angrily rolled my mat back up and sulked up to bed to read, hoping today would feel better. (There's really no medical logic to that, but I bought it at 10:05 last night).
I woke up in the middle of the night with a headache, gulped down Gatorade and a litre of water over breakfast hoping to cure the headache, and then enjoyed some fresh air on a morning walk in the woods with Abby.
I ate me a kiwi, homemade applesauce, a tall glass of OJ, all things high in vitamin C, hoping my blood stream would take things from there and solve the sinus problem.
I feel a bit better, but when I gave bending forward a test run, the fire ants came back to my forehead. Mama needs her yoga. Specifically, mama's back needs some yoga.
So I took out my Neti pot. Man, every time I try it, it still feels terribly uncomfortable and slightly as though I am drowning over my bathroom sink. But the water made it through the requisite nasal passages, so that's a good sign, I guess. I blew my nose 12785 times and then made a cup of tea. I rubbed some menthol paste under my nose. And now I will spend the rest of the day begging my sinuses to please release the terrible mucus bringing discomfort to my yoga-seeking self.
Any other ideas?
And don't even taunt me with suggestions like, "why not try advil cold and sinus?" because I love that stuff and would use it in a heartbeat if it didn't put two little heartbeats at risk. (No ibuprofen for this expectant mama).


  1. run the shower with boiling hot water, add some menthol to the tub or a pot of hot water if you want to and steam yourself silly.

  2. Hey Sarah, my aunt always swears by him are chicken soup steaming with your head over it with a towel over your head to keep the steam in. I have tried this and it almost always works. I don't really know why but it could be worth a try. Hope you feel better soon

  3. Being pregnant and sick is such a miserable combination!

    My favorite was a eucalyptus oil bubble bath.

  4. Gargle with warm, salty water. Do this several times throughout the day.


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