Thursday, March 19, 2009

Overseas Medical Adventures

Three guesses as to what I'm doing in this picture...




Okay, did you guess? I'm using a WWII era "neti-pot"!

I had a cold before we got here and the super dry air plus dust and sand have just really irritated my sinuses to the point that yesterday I developed a bad sinus headache on the left side of my face. It was only getting worse today so I came home early with Cory from visiting some friends (it's currently 9:30pm and the rest of them aren't back yet from "lunch").

Our lovely hostess Jackie used to be a nurse and when I told her how bad my face/head hurt and that it hurt when I even barely opened my mouth she thought it was becoming an infection and since we are flying home in just over 24 hours I would be miserable on the plane.

Enter Saudi Arabia... where you can buy just about any medication over the counter at the pharmacy! So, Paul picked me up a set of antibiotics and hopefully they will help enough by the time we leave that I'm not miserable.

The crazy part of getting meds is that you can't get any, even with a prescription, that are controlled substances (ie. narcotics). So when Jackie had her total knee replacement they basically gave her motrin for her pain! Lame! Don't have any major surgery over here!

Oh, and that picture above? I'm using Jackie's dad's "feeding cup". It has a little Red Cross on the top of it and looks pretty much like a miniature teapot. You're welcome for not showing you the other pictures Jackie took!

I doubt I'll get a chance to post anymore pictures before we leave, but hopefully I'll get the rest of them up in the next week or so!


  1. So, did the neti-pot work? That's really gross, by the way. :)

  2. I hope it helps you feel better :) Crazy how things are so different!

  3. I hope you get to feeling better! That would be misery to fly that long with a horrible sinus infection! Can't wait to see more pics.

  4. I had guessed you were washing sand out of your eye.

  5. Anonymous7:49 PM

    I don't own a neti pot, but I have used a NeilMed saline nasal rinser. When I was preggers and not able to indulge in good old cold medication.
    So I completely knew from the first glance at that photo what you were doing.


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