Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sleepy Goings

Exhausted, Party of 1... yes - that would be me! I haven't slept the last two nights for various reasons - including new job jitters and an unexpected addiction. The first one is self-explanatory... the second, not so much.

Hi, my name is Kim and I've got some sort of addiction to nose spray. (Who knew this was possible?!) Say it with me now... Hi Kim... ok, so that's my little introduction to what should be known as Nose Spray Users Anonymous.

Apparently, your body becomes addicted and physically dependent on nose spray if you use it for more than a couple of days. A few weeks ago, or maybe a month... who knows at this point - I started getting some congestion, and used my old trusty bottle of Afrin to give myself some relief.

Well, I guess I used it a little to much - and for the last week or so I've only been able to breathe by way of using this product to clear my nasal passages. Well, yesterday - I found myself at work with no Afrin. (sad, I know.)

So, being that I had several hours to go before the end of the day - I had no choice but to start a recovery process that has been a little intense.

It started at first only with congestion. I made it through the rest of my day, but it must have sounded like I was having some sort of allergic reaction to my cubicle to those around me... a cubicle that is absolutely HUGE, ya'll! (story for another day)

By the time I got home, I had the beginnings of a massive headache - I was able to cook dinner for my wonderful husband, but by the time it was done - I couldn't eat. The headache had taken over and made me nauseated.

I did what I thought was best - I stayed away from the computer for the night, and stayed on the couch... I tried to watch some recorded television stuff, but really couldn't focus on it.

I took my doctor's advice and used a saline solution to flush out my nasal passages - I know - more than you EVER wanted to know... but it really isn't that bad... it's sort of like a warm massage for your nose.

When I went to bed though, I couldn't sleep - my nose was rebelling in all sorts of ways that you don't want to know about... so I maybe got in a nap at most.

Here I sit halfway through the day, and the headache is back - possibly because of exhaustion, or maybe a side effect of the detox... who knows?!... but I can only thank God that John has worship team practice tonight - because I probably will be asleep on the couch the second he pulls out of the driveway. (or at least I hope so!)


  1. Fight the urge to use the nose spray I have heard it can be really addictive.

  2. One of my dearest friends, who you have heard me blog-mention, Paula, has the exact same addiction. She can't live without the stuff and she has been snorting it fory years. I have to wonder if there can be any long term damage from that.

    Hope you are feeling better!


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