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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I am so miserable. My sinuses are blocked. I can't sleep at night as that's when the problem is at its worst. It all started in Connecticut a few days after arriving and got progressively worse -- culminating on the flight back when not only could I not breathe but there was a constant drip, drip, drip from the nasal passages. Nice. I've been back almost a week and nothing has improved ... moan, moan, moan.

Considering the fact that I could not breathe, I really had a great two weeks visiting my mother. My sister came from the mid-west half-way through the two weeks of my visit. We paid a visit to my sister and brother-in-law in Vermont (I love Vermont, it's the best of all states) and even though it was only over-night it was quality time. Upon returning to my mother's we had a wonderful visit from my niece and her gorgeous adorable children.

All this happened during the volcano eruption in Iceland that grounded all the planes in northern Europe for a week. I was pretty convinced that I would not be able to fly and would be delayed returning to England. But at least I would have a place to stay and not be marooned as so many others were in an airport lounge for days and days. However, luck was with me and the ban was lifted the day before my flight was scheduled and I was among the first planes to fly.

So now I'm back and pretty miserable most of the time. It seems to be worse at night. Now and then inexplicably my passages clear and I breathe normally -- but it's always short-lived. While in the States I went to a doctor at the urging of my friend Karin and he prescribed a 3-day course of antibiotics and a 15 day supply of decongestant. The antibiotic got rid of the infection, but the congestion has not abated. Today I went to a doctor on this side of the pond and was given a prescription for a nasal steroid spray. It helpfully explains in the leaflet that it will take several days to be effective! In addition I am to take an anti-hystamine. The problem is I'm allergic to Spring -- but not every Spring. I think it depends on how many bushes and trees are in bloom at once. I don't know ... I'm miserable. It's 4.3 0 am and I've not been able to sleep.

The election has been a bit of a diversion from my misery. The 3rd debate is tomorrow night. The Liberal-Democrat leader, Nick Clegg has put a spanner in the works by capturing the public imagination during the first televised debate in British history. I've always liked the Lib-Dems, but the electorate has not really taken them seriously since 1910, when they were the Liberals. In fact the whole history of the party is quite interesting to me. The Liberals merged with a break-away Labour groupthe Social Democrats in the 1980's shortly after I came to England. The Two Davids (Steele and Owen). It's a interesting political story from a political science point of view.

Any way the cat is now among the pigeons and I may not be able to breathe, but at least it's a diversion. Until May 6 anyway!