Sinus at work

Oh yes, the busy period of work is underway and guess what is competing for my time? My sinus. Or pseudo-sinus, as I sometimes call it because I had it checked before and the ENT specialist confirmed there was nothing blocking my sinus passage. The symptom I typically exhibit is stuffy nose (without mucus stuffing my nose!) and sometimes it gets worse by causing headache. I often feel drowsy too and without medication, I can sleep many hours without feeling better.

Years later, someone alerted me of vasomotor rhinitis. "Vasomotor rhinitis occurs when the blood vessels inside the nose expand (dilate). Dilation of the vessels in the nose produces swelling and can cause congestion." (from http://www.healthline.com/). Yup, this is it. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for it.

What works best for me to manage the symptom is Ceterizine. What a lifesaver...and cheap too compared to other medication :)

Normally when I'm healthy, I can work 3 shifts of 45 mins with 5 mins break in between before I need a longer break (20-30 mins). Then I start the cycle again. According to my timesheet, a typical workday would mean 3.5-4.5 hours of pure work (excluding meals, shower, toilet break, phone calls etc), which is just about 1-1.5 hours short of what I used to accumulate back at my ex-workplace. It is such data that convinces me that I can work full-time.

However, when I have sinus, oh boy, it was torturous. To even last for 45 mins requires great effort and sometimes I feel like vomiting too. Remember, I will feel drowsy and sometimes I have sinus headache too. I would definitely need to take medicine and a nap. Despite this, I usually able to put in close to 3 hours of work.

This makes me feel appreciative and grateful for such stay-at-home work opportunity and lifestyle. Yes, I was a good employee and I dare say I was above average but there was stress of compensating for poor health (by making sure I worked harder on healthy days and to hand in above-average work quality).

Of course one huge advantage I have now is that I get to spend lots of time with my family and Ban :)
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