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   Posted 8/24/2005 3:22 PM (GMT 0)   
Hi, Everyone, I haven't been around in a while either.  Mostly I've been feeling pretty awful.  I've had a terrible summer cold which won't quit.  Havoc going on inside the right side of my head because of it.  I've been sneezing and coughing for about 6 weeks, but who knew, I thought it was just a cold.
Last week I noticed a swollen lymph node under my right jaw.  It's pretty prominent and don't know why I missed it before.  Well for 2 days I was immobile thinking all the worst things possible.  On Saturday I sneezed and didn't give it much thought, mostly because it's been going on all summer.  Right after the sneezing I got this sharp pain at the outside corner of my right eye (almost like when an eyelash gets stuck right there in the corner and begins to irritate that spot)  Later that morning in the shower I checked that pesky lymph node again, of course, it was still there. 
Afterwards I was looking in the mirror and my right eye had turned red, red, red from the center all the way out to the corner where I'd had that pain.  Apparently, I've ruptured a couple of blood vessels in that eye because of all of the sneezing and coughing.  The opthamologist says I don't "just" have a cold"  I've got this big infection in all of the sinuses on the right side of my head.  They're swollen and are putting too much pressure on the eye itself.  So I'm on a liquid antibiotic and need to see the opthomologist again this Friday morning.  He says the infection is so extensive that it's really hard to see anything behind the eye.  He also wants me to see an ear, nose and throat dr.  In the meantime the lymph node is still there as big as ever.  But I've only been taking the meds since Monday.  Hopefully, it's swollen because of the infection not because of ANYTHING ELSE.
I'm still sneezing and coughing but since the antibiotic I think maybe neither is as intense as it was previously.  As Gilda Radner used to say "it's always something."  L&H's, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 8/24/2005 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Luci: Keep taking those antibotics. I had what was just a "little cold" and w/in a few days it had turned into pneumonia. I guess that when you are fighting this wonderful disease, there is nothing quite as simple as a "little cold". I am surprised that more of us don't have similar problems w/ the way the weather has been this summer.

Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.


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   Posted 8/24/2005 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   

OMG, Luci! Not another thing! It is always, I wish she were wrong!  I am so sorry you are dealing with this latest go-round, but hopefully that infection will get under control soon.  I had a friend who popped a vessel in her eye too from coughing, it was kinda frightening for her too.

Hang in there my friend, and hopefully you will be on the mend by the time you read this!



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   Posted 8/24/2005 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Grief Luci, Here I thought you were out running and having a good time. Did you not have a terrific headache with the sinus infection? I can imagine how miserable you must have been feeling. I thought you had moved to the part of the country where the air is dry and sinus problems don't happen. Guess that is not so. Take care and please get better quickly and come back to us. I have missed you and Cathi lots. Hugs MK

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   Posted 8/24/2005 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Luci, I am so sorry to hear this. I've had a few sinus infections in my time but I had never had anything like you are experiencing. I cannot imagine the pain of an extensive infection. I am hoping that it will heal quickly and that they find a pork chop when they can see past it.

Love, Jo-Ann
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"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 8/24/2005 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
oh Luci!  How awful for you.... I sure hope those antobiotics kick in very very soon.  And that lymph node is just trying to help out.... i'll keep my fingers crossed and send prayers your way that that is all it is.... take care.... many hugs, STefanie
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 To do what I do"

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   Posted 8/24/2005 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Luci...glad to hear from you, even if it is not the best of news! Hope that infection subsides soon with the antibiotics.

take care of yourself!

Big hugs...

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   Posted 8/26/2005 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Grief, Luci! How awful. My mom's going through the same thing. Please take care of yourself and try to shake the thing soon. And please let us know how you're getting on, my friend.


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   Posted 8/26/2005 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear this!  Take care of yourself!  Keep us posted on your progress.
L & H,

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