As I lay near death, certain of my impending demise from either the consumption, the plague, Tuberculosis or some other dreaded disease which causes one to believe the end is near, I wondered how I would get myself out of my predicament. There was still much more life to live. I had a child to raise and waves to surf. How did it come to this?
Okay, I wasn’t dying. But have you ever been so ill that you felt like you were? Remember how I talked about surfing against my better judgment? Well, I was right to have questioned my own sanity when I surfed knowing I was getting sick. Things gradually went from bad to worse. It’s taken over two weeks for me to start feeling better.
I didn’t and couldn’t go to the doctor. In this country, your medical coverage is usually obtained through your job. We Americans are in the middle of a recession. Many of us either don’t have jobs or, like me, work part-time and are, therefore, not given medical insurance.
So what’s a sick surfer to do?
Well, my ailment was completely related to my sinuses. I don’t think surfing caused the problem. I do believe surfing in possibly dirty water exacerbated the problem. My sinuses expressed their discontent initially. Then, they mounted an all out war, a very nasty war that I seemed to be losing with each passing day.
Thankfully, a previous bout with sinus issues prompted me to turn to the neti pot at the first sign of trouble. Ah, the neti pot. If you surf, a neti pot is a must-have. Those of us who surf in waters that aren’t pristine—and I’m inclined to think that the majority of us are exposed to dirty water when we surf—will often end up with sinus ailments as a result. One way to help maintain the health of our nasal passages is to “irrigate” them on a regular basis with a saline solution. Because I began using the neti pot soon after this sinus thing began, my symptoms weren’t as bad as they had been in the past. The last time I dealt with a serious sinus issue, I spent days almost unable to breathe out of my nose. This time, my sinuses stayed open because I used the neti pot each day.
The neti pot helped, yes, but I was also plagued with a sore throat that made me feel like I was swallowing razor blades. It wasn’t strep. I had no fever or nausea. I just felt like my throat was on fire. I tried throat lozenges for about a day. They were worthless. So, I went onto the internet to search for a homeopathic treatment for my sore throat. What did I find? Cayenne pepper. Several sites directed me to put it in warm water and gargle. Guess what? It worked! By the second day of using the cayenne pepper, my sore throat was gone for good. I have no idea why a simple spice was able to do the thing expensive over-the counter medications could not. All I know is that I will keep cayenne pepper in the house from now on.
Okay, my sinuses were open and my sore throat was gone, but I was still miserable. I was continuously blowing my nose. I could still feel that odd pressure in my forehead. That pressure told me that my sinuses were still under attack. Obviously, the neti pot wasn’t enough. And I was desperate. I’d stopped surfing. I’d stopped skating. All I was doing was suffering. Once again, I turned to the internet for help. That’s where I found what I consider the three most beautiful words in the English language.
Grapefruit seed extract.
People raved about how well the stuff worked on sinus infections and the like. Raved, I tell you! Mind you, by this time, I was so sick of being sick that I’d almost given up hope, believing I might be sick and miserable for a long time. Nevertheless, I found a nasal spray with grapefruit seed extract. And I tried it immediately.
Holy $#%! This stuff works!!
I can’t even begin to discuss how much I love this stuff. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know why it works. I just know that once I began using it, I began to feel better. My symptoms were lessening and the infection seemed to be unable to hang tough any longer. The pressure in my forehead abated. With that, the dizzy spells disappeared.
I’m now completely sold on homeopathic/home remedies. They are the reason why I’m back on my surfboard and feeling relatively strong at this point. I’ve even started skating again.
If you have sinus troubles and you surf, try using the neti pot and some grapefruit seed extract. I do believe both will help. If nothing else, using them couldn’t hurt.Surf sinus troubles