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03 January 2003 @ 08:24 am
So my resolution this year was to be happier with my situation, whatever it may be.

This comes in two parts:

Passive: Accept fate. Shit happens, we all know this, live with it.

Active: Change fate. If my situation sucks, do something about it. This means searching for a higher-paying job. This means cutting up my credit cards when I can afford to, and lowering my limits when I can't afford to lose them completely.

Anyway, I haven't made any huge strides forwards, and that conversation with Dad about the car on New Year's Day didn't help matters. But I'm working on it...
So I got there and explained that I've had people commenting on my voice being scratchy since, well, puberty. He said that it was also very nasaly - which made me laugh, because that's what I was made fun of for prior to puberty. So he looked in my nose and at my throat and said the only surprise was that I wasn't coughing more - apparently there's (his words) "a river of white mucus running down the back of your throat".

So he gave me stuff to take in the morning, suggested Benedryl in the evening, suggested I use a saline nasal spray several times a day, and gave me a nasal spray for twice a day. I told him that I'd been on Flonase and when I was using that for the prescribed amounts it had given me nosebleeds, he said that wasn't uncommon as it's so strong (but effective), and gave me something lighter to use. He also referred me to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor so they could take a look, as extended periods of mucus exposure (like, say, 10 years or so) can cause pollops. We'll see what s/he says when I get to see him/her.

He also said I should see about lowering my allergen surroundings and seeing if that helps - cleaning ceiling fans, losing (or at least vacuuming) carpets and blinds and windowshades, paying closer attention to whether cat exposure makes it worse. That kind of thing. I'll see what I can do about that - I suspect step one is cleaning my surroundings at work and home so dusting can be possible. Ya know, when I have time.

Anyway, that's the status report.