I have a sinus infection. Hate when that happens.  Finally realized that after 4 days of my head non-stop hurting. Of course, when I admit that I have a sinus infection someone will tell me to go to a doctor, which means antibiotics. Been kicked by a horse twice, cut my finger almost to the bone, broke my baby toe, and didn’t go to a doctor, so nope, not going for this.

Did just do a Cayenne sinus rinse. Yes, it’s just like it sounds. A sinus rinse with a pinch of Cayenne pepper. THANK GOD, when I am in pain I lose verbal skills. So instead of swearing, screaming, and other such profanities, I hit my skull with the palm of my hand, stamped my foot, and scared the dog.

BUT NOW I CAN THINK!! My head is finally feeling clearer and I can actually feel the infection deciding it doesn’t want to fight with someone as crazy as me. “Wow, that woman actually put cayenne IN HER NOSE to get rid of me…”

But I should have listened to my body. Instead I was unable to think clearly for days and blaming everything else under the sun. Friday and Saturday night I went out with friends from many years ago. I have never been one to go out much, so 2 nights of drinking, hollering, and hanging out might effect my body I thought. Even though I didn’t drink that much, and Saturday night rather than drive the hour home exhausted, I stayed in Dallas with friends. (Thank you B.A. Thank you P.S., there is a post dedicated just to this past weekend in the works.

The heat here has been bad. My office is the warmest room in my house. Top that with a 30 minute walk EVERY morning even in this heat. Add puppy-sitting mom’s 9 puppies, which means checking on them, catching and playing with them etc… in 100+ degree weather. So I blamed these factors. That’s why I am so tired. Why my muscles hurt, why I am sleeping horribly and then having to take long naps.

All the while watching my eyes getting puffier and growing ever bigger black circles. The number one sign of my having a sinus infection is staring me in the face every time I look in the mirror.

Yet this is something we often do. We forget to listen to our bodies, to borrow from Princess Bride (simply because it’s epically funny) “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

But the previous line is important as well, Prince Humperdink tells Count Rogen “Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Gilder to frame for it. I’m swamped!”

While I do hope that those exact things are not in your schedule, my dear reader, I wonder if your schedule is as full? Or perhaps it’s even more jam-packed?

Because you have “so much to do” you don’t listen when your body tells you that something is not right. If you do notice not feeling well, you blame the wrong things, like I blamed the late nights, the heat, etc… If you don’t take care of your health then you lose part of your life.


I lost 3 days of work, because I couldn’t focus on my writing. So an assignment that I should have finished yesterday, still has two days of work left. On the plus side I was able to study a course, but had I been feeling better I would not have had to hit replay 3 times during one section.

But we’ve all done it. You’ve gotten the flu, been “too busy to rest” as necessary. So rather than rest a day or so, you keeping working. Jobs that are normally quick and easy are slow and cumbersome. Then the flu laughs at you becoming easy prey, and you spend the next few days to week in bed with the flu. Coughing, sneezing, hurting, and worse.

Time is something we can’t get back; so make a choice…

Do you want to listen to your body or lose time?

Live ♥ Laugh ♥ Love

MJ Schrader