Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gimme Drugs, Gimme Drugs

(Warning: Digression ahead)

So there’s this Welcome Back, Kotter episode where the Sweathogs are once again scheming and if memory serves me correctly (it’s been a while since I’ve seen this one), each one is acting out some stereotype of what a “Sweathog” is supposed to be. Vinnie Babarino is acting like a drug addict, so he’s walking around, bent over, looking dazed (and hot, because John Travolta was hot when he was 20), with his hands out and repeatedly saying, “Gimme drugs. Gimme drugs. Gimme drugs.”

While not in the hot category (at least not since my 20s), I do feel his dialogue to match my mind frame right now. Give. Me. Drugs.

I’ve got pings and twinges and aches and weird echoes and no less than six doctors appointments scheduled within the next three weeks, only one of which actually has to do with a twinge.

I’ve got sinus issues, which I’ve had since my first major sinus infection at age 16. I’m used to the sinus stuff. Take OTC meds until I’m completely dried out, bang my head against a few walls (lightly, but I swear it helps) and listen to Nine Inch Nails at a deafening level in an effort to quell the skull-cracking pain that accompanies sinuses gone whack. The harsh stuff usually only lasts about a week, and if I can catch it in time, only a few days.

Aye, but here’s the rub. Throw some diabetes into the mix and I’m all confused. See, my sinus symptoms and my low-sugar symptoms are a whole lot a like. They’re actually almost identical. Headache, fuzziness, bizarro comprehension skills, the inexplicable feeling of wanting to take a nap right here, right now.

So I keep checking my sugar, because I don’t know if my sinuses are attacking, or my diabetes is. If it’s the sinuses, my sugars are actually a little high (I can also tell if I tip my head upside down, because it’s like the weight of my entire house suddenly lands on my frontal lobe).

Given my latest meter reading, and my readings throughout the last couple days, it appears I’ve caught the sinus thing a little too late. And despite my aversion to popping more pills than necessary, I’m all about sinus drugs right now. With painkillers included. Gimme drugs. Gimme drugs.

As always, more to come (gimme)…


CALpumper said...

Ouch Ouch Ouch.

My sinus issues (since the teen yrs too) are not quite like a low for me but close.

They do cause high bt's and catching it before the need for prescriptions is key.

So Not Fun.

Good luck with the Docs! Hope you feel better soon!

Colleen said...

Oh yuck - really hope you feel better soon - or at least drugged...