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Jane Brogan

Jane Brogan
suburban Philly, Pennsylvania,
December 31
I am a wife, mother of 3, RN, and all for truth, not sound bites. I have Lupus, and several other autoimmune diseases and a stroke survivor. I am a very cheerful, optimistic and happy person, and always try to look for the best in the world! Also, I am an unapologetic liberal. Progressive ideas are what made this country and what continue to move it forward, without progress, we wither on the vine!


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JANUARY 10, 2011 9:54AM


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I want a sinus transplant. I know that it has never been attempted, but I would be willing to try. I have had bad sinuses my whole life. I had sinus surgery 19 years ago, which left me with a hole in my nasal septum and still having chronic sinusitis. I am currently on my 11th round of antibiotics since last January, and now will have surgery once again later this month. Why am I complaining? Because I have literally been sick-really sick for the last 2 months. I had a sinus abscess, suffice to say, my misery index has been pretty high! So I am trying to get back in the groove of reading my favorites and maybe posting a few things. Sorry I have been away, I am glad to be back. I am a fighter and the **** sinuses are not going to rule my life! Looking forward to a bright and wonderful New Year!!!

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I feel your pain. I suffer mainly from allergies, which lead to sinus issues. I'm a big believer in irrigating the sinuses. I bet youpve been down that road before though. I wish you luck and health in the new year !!
I know a little of what you speak of... but I have missed you and am glad to see you.
Yikes I feel your pain too. I remember Oprah showed how to use that little teapot thingy to irrigate sinus canals. We bought the 25 dollar behind the counter Mucinex this winter and we are finally clear. What a lot of misery this winter with the drip drip drip and those little green mucinex monsters in their ads are really really annoying. I also use claritin and that helps too. Good luck and keep posting. We miss you.
Oh and we used steam. I dont have a humidifier but I put on a kettle of water and we even added sage sometimes. When it is boiling inhale the steam with loud deep breaths and it helps instantly. I think the sage really helped alot. Not too hot or it burns but warm steam is wonderful relief.
desert_rat-yes, I irrigate several times a day. Some relief, but I am so sick of this!!! Thanks for your comments!
Linda, thanks for the hugs-I have missed them!
Zanelle, I have used a humidifier. I will try the sage, though. My husband jokes that this time of year my favorite cologne is Vick's Vapor Rub! Thanks for your comments!
Sinus allergies can be just as disabling as a bad back or broken leg. The headaches, the constant nose leaking whatever that stuff is. I'm glad you're back!
Scanner, thanks for your kind words. I am just starting to feel human again. Looking forward to catching up on all I missed here!
Ugh, I am so sorry. My partner suffers as you do and the misery is ongoing and cruel. Take care!
mypsyche-thanks for your kind comments!
May I suggest that you never move to Wisconsin. I have been hoarse, coughing, and sniffly since I moved here five years ago. Feel better. Spring will come again.
Sarah, thanks! I am sure that the Philly area is almost as bad!!! That is why we always sound so nasally!
It *is* Philly, I'm convinced. Have similar problems to yours, this winter a medley of sinus migraines/infections/Z-Packs and more ... except for the 10 days I spent at the beginning of Jan in Florida! Btw, my ENT gave me Lidocaine solution to use as nose spray. Helps me a LOT. Good to see you, feel better!!
So sorry you have felt unwell. Glad to know you're feeling better and that you're back.
Hi Jane! I came across your blog while I was googling sinus transplant. I know EXACTLY how you felt! I see that this was actually posted over a year ago, but I was wondering how you are doing now? I have what my Dr. says is a chronic sinus disease. I have had five sinus surgeries. I have had to have a pic line installed so that I could be on IV antibiotics twice a day for about a month and a half, which was overseen by a home healthcare agency. It was either this or I was going to have to be admitted to the hospital for really high doses of an antibiotic for about two weeks. I have also had to use a nebulizer with some kind of antibiotic that had to be shipped from California in a cooler. I have BEGGED my Dr. for a sinus transplant! I feel your pain! I will share more with you about my experiences which started almost 18 years ago and continue today if you would like.