After struggling through some home design show (there's nothing wrong with the TV or show, but my little sister talks at a loud volume), my sinuses were starting to be distractingly painful again so I decided to eat something when I dosed up. My brother and his friends had taken the last of the pizza I missed at lunch, so I was rummaging through the pantry when Dad came in.
He'd stopped at Blockbuster with Sarah and rented The Lost World: Jurassic Park because they thought Laurel, my 22-month old daughter, would enjoy watching it. Weirdos. I went back to ignoring the noise, but Sarah asked him about Jonestown (Guyana was in a recent issue of National Geographic, which she was reading aloud) and he referred it to me. (I am expected to know "evil and morbid stuff" as the resident non-Catholic.) I ran off what I could remember, then went back to scrounging for Tavist.
All of this would normally not irritate me, but when my sinuses flare up I'm not only cranky and shorter-tempered than usual, I'm more sensitive to light and sound.
I was feeling lousy and just wanted some carbs and something to wash my meds down with, but Dad started in on how maybe I should see the doctor. Considering it was a lousy doctor that was one of the mitigating factors in why I have chronic sinusitis (prayer is no substitute for treating an acute sinus infection before it digs in), I told him it wouldn't make a difference since all they do is give me allergy medication. (I've been on all the major prescription brands. None of them do a thing for my sinuses, but the do have given me headaches, dry mouth, nosebleeds and made my maxillary sinuses feel like they're full of wet concrete when I moved my head. Luckily my current doctor has me on phenergan and I buy my own Tavist so I get along.)
He then asked what I would do. In my dull-mindedness from being sick, I made the mistake of answering him. Never having had sinus problems himself, he thinks the idea of installing one-way shunts (such as those used in hydrocephaly) to drain my sinuses is barbaric. Bah.