Thursday 17 May 2012

This Is A True Story

Seeing as I have no new recipes to post and the fact that I'm not feeling great I thought that I would tell you about something that happened to me when I was 14. It's not coeliac related so feel free just to pass on by, but if you want to read something gross and connected to why I'm not feeling at my best carry on reading, I swear it's all true!

My sinuses are acting up, I have a dull ache across the right side of my face and my ear hurts. It's not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things but it is making me feel run down and a bit groggy. Let's just hope that it isn't a repeat of what I'm about to tell you.

From the age of about 12 I had sinus issues. I was constantly bunged up and blowing my nose to try and shift it, but nothing worked. The doctor gave me this pump - like an asthma inhaler but for my nose - which you inserted then squirted. It did nothing for me.

The Summer when I was 14 it was really bad, I had constant pains across my face and I could hardly breath from my right nostril, then there was the catarrh, it was vile.

Doctors did nothing but prescribe me more of the nose squirty things, despite my telling them they were useless (yes I am implying that on both counts, the squirty things and the doctors), so I just had to grin and bear it.

One day leading up to Halloween I was in the kitchen with my mum carving a pumpkin, by now I was convinced that I had something lodged in my sinus because each time I blew my nose really hard I could feel something move.

I remember standing there carving a face but I kept having to stop to blow my nose because the sensation was so annoying, it got worse and worse and I could feel this alien thing in my head so I blew my nose really, really hard...................................................

And this thing landed in the tissue.

By thing I mean like 4 inches long by an inch wide.

I went and sat in the living room without saying anything because not only was I in shock but because I also knew the amount of panic that I was about to create by showing this disgusting nose alien to my mum. I also didn't want to look at it again.

I went back into the kitchen and said something along the lines of "um, mum, this just happened" *holds out tissue*. I don't recall her reaction but I know that very quickly she was on the phone to my doctor who asked if my nose was bleeding, it wasn't and hadn't. He then told her to put the thing into an air tight container of alcohol and to take it to him.

I won't go into detail about what it looked like but it was hideous. As for the size, well I'd have thought that Barry Manilow would have trouble blowing that thing out so I've no idea how I did.

Turned out that it was a polyp and I had to go have my face x-rayed to check if there was one in the left sinus. Thankfully there wasn't but the doctor said that it was very unusual for there to be just one. Even more unusual was the fact that I had blown it out, usually it requires an operation.

So that's my nose alien story. Hopefully I've just got a head cold and nothing more, I don't like nose aliens.

I do however like fondue and that is what I shall be scoffing in about 30 minutes time!


  1. Wow, Lee! Very interesting story, and hopefully something you (or myself) will ever have to go through again. I'd be very interested if you figure out what might have caused it in the beginning, though it's normally difficult to backtrack.

    Glad to hear that you could get rid of it by blowing it out. I pushed a ball up into my nostril when it was young. Have no idea whether it's in me or not, but normally I only breath through one nostril anyhow.

    All the best.

  2. Thanks Kelly.

    What I always found odd was why the doctor never sent me for an x-ray during the course of the 2 years I was having problems. Though, it doesn't surprise me anymore, I've experienced enough mistakes not to have much faith in doctors at all. After the post trauma x-ray that was it, never mentioned again. No idea why it grew there, no explanation.

    I love your casual, I may or may not have a ball in my head attitude! I find it so annoying when I can only breath through one nostril.

    Have a great weekend.


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