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How to Cope With a Sinus Infection

Shauna believes that we can all take steps to bring ourselves and the environment back to good health using items you have in your pantry.


What is Sinusitis?

According to MedicineNet, posted by William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, this is the definition of sinusitis:

Sinusitis Statistics and General Information

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), 31 million Americans suffer from sinusitis and spend over $1 billion in OTC treatments and $150 million in prescription medications.

Sinuses are air-filled cavities located on either side of the nose, behind the nose directly in front of the brain, behind the forehead and eyebrow area, and within the cheekbones. Sinus infections occur when the normal flow of mucus to the back of the throat is interrupted due to inflammation. Acute sinusitis can last from three to eight weeks and is commonly treated with antibiotics, nasal sprays, antihistamines and sometimes surgery, in chronic cases.

As you can imagine, sinus infections can be debilitating. Both my mother and sister suffer from sinusitis. I remember many times when I was a little girl that my mom would be knocked down for days when her sinuses went under attack. My sister had sinus infections so frequently that she finally had to undergo surgery in an effort to keep the attacks at bay.

My mother suffered from sinusitis so often that when we lived in Philly, her doctor advised her to move to Arizona or Florida if she expected any relief. We moved to New Jersey instead (mom and I both have a stubborn streak), just before I entered high school. Finally, after too many years of suffering, my parents moved to Florida shortly after I graduated. I followed a year later.

This picture was taken in 1967.  Mom is on the right in the green top.

This picture was taken in 1967. Mom is on the right in the green top.

The Inspiration Behind This Post

The other day I was talking to my mom and she mentioned she’d found a poem she’d written in 1976 during one of her sinusitis episodes and she would be sending it to me to do with as I please.

The conversation went like this:

“Sha, I found a poem I’d written back in 1967 when I was on my deathbed with a sinus infection. I sent it to the Philadelphia Inquirer, but they turned me down, so I bequeath it to you.”

“Thankeht youeth, Mometh. I thinketh I’ll uth it as background for a HubPages hubbeth.”

Roar of laughter. What can I say, we’re both easily amused!

So, a few days later I received Mom’s poem with this little note:

“I was so sick for several days with a sinus infection. Stan got perturbed because I was ill. He made me get out of bed and get dressed and we went to a basketball game at St. Joseph’s College. Snow knee deep and I nearly froze. He thought I just needed a night out.”

Now, you have to understand, winter weather was one of the leading causes of my mom’s sinus attacks. You also have to understand, Dad has little patience with imperfections such as snotty noses and stuffy heads. After raising three kids, he’s learned to get over that, though. PMA doesn’t work on infections of the body, just infections of the mind!

In all honesty, I don’t remember Dad ever being sick. At age 75, I’m sure he can count on one hand how many times he’s fallen ill in his lifetime.

Anyway, back to my story. The night out in the freezing cold weather didn’t help, nor did the fact that mom’s doctor wasn’t in. This was a Friday. She was asked by the nurse if she could wait until Monday and Mom responded that she was sure she’d still be sick by then, so yes – she could (had no choice, but to) wait.

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One thing you need to know about my mom is she has a tremendous sense of humor. We laugh all the time. She even maintained her sense of humor during this very long weekend in 1967 when she couldn’t hold her head up and was forced to stay in a dimly lit room. I think anyone who suffers from migraine headaches can imagine how she must have been feeling.

In spite of how badly she felt, Mom got out her Royal typewriter and got creative. Mom hates being idle. I’m sure her bouts with the sinus gods drove her bananas.

For those of you who are too young to know, typewriters are what we old fogies used to present professional looking documentation and communication. This was long before the advent of the computer and the Internet. (I wonder how many of you can solve a math problem without the use of a calculator?)

But I digress….

The star of this hub is Mom’s poem, so let’s get to it, shall we?

Mom’s Poem


Let me tell you a condition I suffered one week;

There was pain and misery of which I speak.

I was soaking my body in a tub for a bath,

The steam began rising, I weakened to pains wrath.

I rolled my eyes round, and studied the water,

I would have to tell my husband what was the matter.

I crawled into bed with little on, (save Vick’s salve)

I whispered, “I’m ill – it’s a disease that I have.”

“What?” He threw back the covers.

He hid beneath a pillow, I was sure he would smother.

“My books need posted, the children need fed,

you’ll be laid up a week, sick in this bed.”

“I’ll call my mother – she’ll make us some soup,

it’s a wonder someday I don’t fly this coop.”

I whimpered and sighed to show my regret,

would he be so kind – I’d need a doctor, yet.

He called the doctor; he was out for the day.

The nurse asked it I thought my pain would stay.

“Oh yes, it’ll be here” I quickly promised.

And true to my convictions, the disease remained honest.

I went to the doctor and he said, “now whasawrong?”

“Tell me your troubles, sing your sad song.”

“Well”, I warbled and cooed, “it’s this disease in my head.”

“I’ll sing it to you as a prelude to the dead.”

There are scores of centipedes crawling down my spine,

My body’s a battlefield of charging porcupine.

There are rats in my head, hiding behind my eyes,

They’re digging and scratching, they want me to die.

The worms squish in and the worms squish out,

and ants play ping pong on my snout.

He looked at me sadly and stretched his neck,

fumbled around then gave me a Kleenex.

“Just as I thought,” he smiled a grimace.

“I knew it the moment I saw your face.”

As for the rats, the ants and worms,

take all these pills, they’ll kill those germs.

As for the disease, why – it’s centuries old!!

I’m sorry my dear, it’s the COMMON COLD!!!

(All rights reserved to Barbara L Cook 1967)

I Had to Include This Video. Mom and I Both Love Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory


There are many things you can do to cope with the pain of sinusitis:

  • Apply a warm washcloth to the face to help with mucus flow
  • See your doctor
  • Take any medications as directed
  • Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest

And above all – maintain a sense of humor!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mom’s little poem. The moral of the story is this: keeping your sense of humor healthy can help you get through just about anything in life.

Watch This Funny Skit From The Carol Burnett Show

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Shauna L Bowling


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 31, 2017:

Mary, I don't know how she maintained her sense of humor either. And to top it off, she was raising young children at the time!

I appreciate the compliment. My mom happens to be pretty talented. She tried writing greeting cards when we were little, but was never able to get anyone to buy her work. I'll bet today her sense of humor would pay off!

Mary Wickison from USA on July 28, 2017:

I don't know how your mother kept her sense of humor when she had sinusitis, I had it once and it was awful.

I do think that laughter is the best medicine but sometimes, you can be too ill to appreciate it.

I can see where your literary skill came from and was encouraged.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 13, 2016:

MizB, I know many people who use the neti pot and swear by it. I don't know if I could bring myself to use one. It sounds like it feels weird when it does its flush thing. Fortunately, I don't have sinus problems, but I'm glad you have yours under control.

And, yes, my mom's a hoot. She never fails to make me laugh.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 13, 2016:

Your mother is a hoot! I love her sense of humor and the fact that you saw fit to publish it. This is great that the talent runs in the family. At one time I could commiserate with her misery because I had broken my nose twice and the cartilage was blocking my sinuses. It got better after surgery.

Long before Ayurvedic medicine became acceptable and the neti pot came on the American scene, I was taught to use a Water Pic to irrigate my sinuses. The logic was that I could go to the doctor and let him use an expensive machine to do the job, or I could buy and use a Water Pic and save a whole bunch of money. Every time I felt a cold coming on, I used the icky messy Water Pic, and it worked. I still use one. I keep a special head for the nose, so I don't worry about transferring the infection. Usually I can knock a cold before it gets a grip on me.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2015:

Rolly, I've heard of netti pots. I don't know if I could do that to myself, but many people swear by them. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. My mom has a wonderful sense of humor even when she's feeling poorly.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on April 06, 2015:

A great post and so loved to read of your Mom. Today we have so many remedies I think we have forgotten about all the home ones we used.

A few years ago I was introduced to the sinus flush and I use it often. It has been as long since I had a cold...

Hugs and Blessings

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 30, 2014:

Peg, my mom is a trip. She makes me laugh all the time. Now that she's in Florida, she's much better. She still has minor sinus attacks but nothing like she experienced when we lived in colder climates.

I'm sorry to hear you still have sinus troubles. Hopefully, they don't strike too often for you.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 30, 2014:

That was a funny poem by you and by your Mom. She sounds like a fun person despite her suffering with illness. I remember typewriters for sure, B. Sinus infections seem to run in my family even though we are spread around in a variety of states. You would think the different weather conditions of the places would help, but it doesn't seem to for us. We've lived in Florida, NJ, GA, TX, SC and still fall victim to irritating sinus trouble.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2014:

Mary, that's good advice. My sister had that surgery done too, but she still gets sinus infections. Not as frequently, but she still suffers. I'm fortunate to have not been riddled with that ugly monster. I can't handle regular headaches. I can only imagine how uncomfortable a sinus infection can be!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 23, 2014:

Love your mom's sense of humor! Sinus infections are very hard to cope with. One of my daughters had the surgery to "clean out her sinuses". It did not do any good at all; she still gets infections, and that was four years ago

Whenever I feel in sinus cavities filling up, I grab my Netti Pot! It will clean out the sinuses and prevents them from becoming infected. If I wait too late, I will have to see my doctor for antibiotics to stop the infection.

Sinus infections are very hard to cope with!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 19, 2014:

DDE, I'm so glad your sinus problems are gone. When my mom had them, she'd be down for the count and feeling miserable!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 19, 2014:

I had lots of problem with sinus infections over the years my sinus infections vanished. An informative and helpful hub.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 13, 2014:

So glad you gave me a heads up on your series. I think my last read was chapter six, but not sure. I'll get over there right now and I will tell Laura too. Thank you Sha-have a great day :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 13, 2014:

Linda, my mother does have a great sense of humor. We certainly laugh a lot whenever we speak on the phone.

She actually took a writing course when I was little. Unfortunately, she never had anything published. It's ironic how many things I've done in my professional career that are extensions of her own dreams and I never knew it. I guess the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree.

BTW, I posted chapter 8 of my story a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if you missed the notification or not. I haven't seen Laura over there either. You might want to pass it on to her. :-)

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 12, 2014:

Love your mother's sense of humor. You tell her I know what it's like to be down for several days with a sinus infection. I bet it was so tough for her to deal with this and try to run a household. She's very creative and a great writer. It's obvious the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in your family.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 02, 2014:

Susan, my mom's a hoot. She keeps me in stitches all the time. She's an awesome role model. Even when she felt she was on death's bed, she managed to write this hilarious letter-poem to her doctor.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2014:

My son suffers from sinus infections quite frequently and when I was browsing through your hubs I came upon this one. Must say that your Mom's poem had me in stitches.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 06, 2014:

Thanks for reading, Bobbi. I hope it helps you in some way. Happy New Year to you and may the sinus gods bypass you and all who suffer from sinusitis!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on January 06, 2014:


Thanks for writing this---I have the worse sinus headaches sometimes. When I was working I could go to work feeling great and then get one. The sweet Angels I worked with would say: Miss Bobbi, you came to work looking so pretty and now you look terrible, eyes and cheekbones aching and I am sure puffy. (I hate that puffiness.)

So I can relate to anyone who has this issue, and I send all my best wishes to you and yours on this New Year.

Bobbi Purvis

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 05, 2014:

Misslong, my mom and I both get a kick out of Sheldon. He's such a geeky mess you just have to love him.

I'm glad you found this article of use to you. I hope you feel better soon!

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on January 04, 2014:

I enjoyed this article, especially since I currently have a severe sinus infection. I like the idea of having a warm washcloth on my face. That sounds comforting right now! This was well written with a lot of thought put into it. I will pass this along to the love of my life who takes care of me at times like this. He loves the Big Bang Theory show, so he will enjoy this article too! Great work!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 14, 2013:

Linda, I don't have sinus problems and my mom's are very infrequent now. When we lived in cold weather she was constantly fighting sinus infections. The Florida air has done her well!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 14, 2013:

You and your mom are quite clever and funny! I didn't see the neti-pot listed as a home remedy. My neti-pot has saved me from many bouts of sinus issues. Try it, you might become an addict too! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 14, 2013:

Thanx for stopping by, Pro-Hubber. Where is Long Beach in Florida? I've never heard of it.

Pro-Hubber from Florida on December 13, 2013:

wow..interesting and very informative hub. Thank you :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 09, 2013:

Crystal, sinus headaches are the worst. I think I'd rather have a tummy ache than a sinus headache!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 07, 2013:

Love the personal addition of your mom's cute poem. And I can definitely relate to the suffering a sinus infection brings on. It's much worse than one would think.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 24, 2013:

Kim, I'm glad I could start you day with a smile. Actually, I think we owe it to my mom, who was the inspiration (and the funny one) behind this story!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on November 24, 2013:

Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed this hub very much and voted as such. Thanks for starting my day with a smile. Will definitely be sharing.



Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 23, 2013:

JPSO, I feel bad for your wife. Sinus problems can be debilitating. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub!

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 22, 2013:

My wife has sinusitis so I can relate with the problem. Now about your hub, its definitely a good read. It's amazing how you turn the problem into something like this. It takes talent and imagination.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 23, 2013:

Jeannie, I feel for you. If nothing else, write a funny poem to your doctor!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on October 23, 2013:

I get sinus infections at least once a year. I am allergic to leaves changing in the fall, so it is rough. This year, I am on lots of allergy medicine and cough medicine, so maybe I can spare myself from the sinus infection this year. Great hub and voted up!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 04, 2013:

Hey, Spy! The website is up and I've written several blogs. Not a lot of traffic yet, but hopefully that will change soon. How are things with you? It's really great to see you here again!

DragonBallSuper on October 04, 2013:

Excellent! Bravo! You're really a Master, Sha.

PS: How's the website going?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 01, 2013:

Thank you, Prasetio!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 30, 2013:

Very informative hub and nice poem as well. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 30, 2013:

Mylindaelliott, maybe she should consider moving as my mother was prompted to do. I guess it depends on what triggers the sinus infections. Often, it's the environment. If her doctor is truly wanting to help her get out of her misery, he'll be honest with her. Unfortunately, the way doctors 'doctored' in 1967 is far from how they 'doctor' today. Today they are governed by the drug companies and insurance companies. The patient is treated as an asset rather than a person who needs relief and/or a cure.

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on September 30, 2013:

My mother has sinus infections so bad she had surgery 2 or 3 times. They are just horrible.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 30, 2013:

Thanx for reading, Liz. Take care of your schnoz!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 30, 2013:

Loved this poem!

Sinus infections are indeed painful. Nose spray from the doctor usually helps but it may take a while to feel better. I don't wish them on anyone!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 30, 2013:

Pamela, I'm glad you've found relief. I wonder what it is about Florida. Maybe the humidity helps?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2013:

I use to suffer from multiple sinus infections also. Moving to FL helped. I definitely appreciate the humor in that poem,

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2013:

Moonlake, a dog that acts like Sheldon must be a trip. I'd love to see him in action!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2013:

Denise, I've been lucky with regard to sinus infections. I've never had one but I have gotten a sinus headache or two in my lifetime.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2013:

Audrey, thank you so much for the compliment. I love the Carol Burnett clips. Tim Conway is my favorite. He is uproariously funny!

moonlake from America on September 28, 2013:

I hate sinus infections and I get them often. I know I need to get out of here would love to move to a warm place. Love Sheldon we named our new dog after him and it's kind of funny the name seems to fit him. Voted up on your hub.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 28, 2013:

That is quite some poem your mother wrote. I think she's passed her flair for writing down to her children. :)

Sinus infections are no fun, that is for sure. I hate when I get them...miserable for days. :( Great hub. UP/U/I

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 28, 2013:

As soon as I'm through laughing at the Carol Burnett Show clip, I'll continue with my comment. (3 minutes later) You have a marvelous mother! Enjoyed her poem. The entire hub is so very intertaining. I don't know of anyone that could write about this subject matter and bring this kind of interest and fun to it. I thank you so much!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 28, 2013:

DJ, Mom had to move from the environment that created or exacerbated her condition. Back then, doctors weren't governed by the drug companies. She received a script that really worked for her. Moving from the instigators was the key.

Thanx for your input.

DJ Anderson on September 28, 2013:

I guess it helps to have a good sense of humor!

I used to get those infections. Then it would drop into my lungs.

Bronchitis in the worst way.

I finally went to an allergist. It seems that my allergies were the

staring problems which prompted the progression of my sicknesses.

I still get small flare ups with different pollens, but thank God,

nothing like before.

I enjoyed your article and your Mother's poem.

You are on a roll, girlfriend. Keep 'em coming!!


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 28, 2013:

Kathryn, you got what I was trying to do with this post! Yay!! Our brains must think along the same lines.

You have a great weekend, too!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on September 28, 2013:

I like how you revolved your article around the poem your mother wrote years ago, and incorporated humor into it. What a great story, although I can only imagine how uncomfortable it is to have sinus infections. My mother used to always get those, too.

I also loved the video clips!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great weekend!

~ Kathryn

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 28, 2013:

Tireless, I'm sure your sinuses (and perhaps your muscles?) are complaining after spending and entire afternoon sweeping. Take care!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 28, 2013:

Nell, it wasn't really the common cold, but 'sinus infection' wouldn't have rhymed. :-) Thanx for the share!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 28, 2013:

Pearl, I am my mother's child! Fortunately, I didn't inherit the sinus problems. I'm glad you enjoyed her poem. Once I read it I knew I had to share.

Judy Specht from California on September 27, 2013:

It is fall allergy season and I spent the afternoon sweeping the courtyard at the farm. Though the sinuses are complaining, this was great fun.

Nell Rose from England on September 27, 2013:

lol! love the poem your mother wrote, so true, it feels like something is crawling around, and a common cold? what's common about it? Lol! darn sinuses and things, drives me insane too! voted up and shared!

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on September 27, 2013:

Loved your intro, and LOVED your Mom's poem! Despite her misery she was able to produce a rollicking account of her pain and suffering. I used to have migraines, so I can definitely relate to the dimly lit room and the rats in your head wanting you to die!

I see now where you get your sense of humor, and your never-give-up attitude--awesome.

I love your Mom to pieces, and you too, my friend ;) Pearl

Voted Up++++

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Martie, my mother still is beautiful. She's alive and well and doesn't look much different from that photo that was taken in 1967. I wish I could say the same for me! 'Course I was only 10 in 1967, but I wish I looked half as good as my mom does now.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 27, 2013:

My daughter, son-in-law AND there two daughters are suffering from sinusitis, oh, and I once had a boyfriend who had to go for surgery. I couldn't even use any perfume in his presence. Life for these victims of their sinuses is surely complicated. Thank heavens this is not one of the thorns in my flesh!

Shauna, your mother was beautiful!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Jaye, antibiotics when taken too often work against you. They kill the natural antibodies God graced our bodies with. I'm very happy to hear you no longer have sinus troubles. You may be right - allowing your immune system to organically rebuild itself probably has a whole lot to do with the infections showing up less often.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 27, 2013:

It is strange, but I had at least two severe sinus infections every year for nearly all of my adult life--until the past approximately ten or twelve years. I always took antibiotics when I had one of these infections. In fact, in 1999, I landed in the hospital very ill because my (then) doctor kept prescribing one course of antibiotics after another in an attempt to alleviate a severe combination sinus and ear infection.The antibiotics killed off all the friendly flora in my body, which allowed the bad kind to thrive. I collapsed at work and nearly died. This happened AFTER I'd had unsuccessful sinus surgery a few years previously.

Since that time, I avoid antibiotics as much as possible. I've only had them a couple of times after surgeries. I don't know if taking less antibiotics has any bearing on the fact that my sinusitis seems to have disappeared (knock on wood!), but I am certainly enjoying the freedom from pain and other symptoms of infected sinuses.


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Randi, you get a gold star. It's the everything else around it that I was after. I soon as I read my mom's poem, I knew I wanted to share it. I thought starting out serious not only would help me reach an acceptable word count but might attract readers outside the HP arena.

Thanx for sharing!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 27, 2013:

Fun! Not the sinus infection, but everything else around it! Thank you for sharing this!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Thumbi7, I'm glad you found this useful. The 'usefulness' was actually an afterthought as in intro to my mom's poem. I was aiming for humor and how making light of a situation is a good coping mechanism.

JR Krishna from India on September 27, 2013:

Sinusitis is very common here as well. Mostly people who are allergic to dust and pollen grains get it. Sinusitis is very common when there is a sudden change in atmospheric temperature.

Drinking lots of water and steam inhalation help.

Very useful article.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Mary, thank you so much for spreading this hub. Laughing with my mom is one of my favorite things to do. I wish we could watch The Big Bang Theory together. We'd probably be in stitches and never hear a word they say!

Mary Craig from New York on September 27, 2013:

Wonderful. Really, this whole hub reeks of wonderful, from your introduction on sinusitis to your introduction to your Mom, your Mom's poem, and of course your choice of videos from two of my favorite shows.

I simply love your sense of humor and your Mom's. My Mom and I were like that and laughed a lot together. I have to agree with your Mom, "your writing always enlightens me"!!

Voted up, funny, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Carol, how true. A sense of humor is so important. Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. I hope you are doing well.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Shanmarie, I feel for you. There's nothing worse than pain in the face and head. I hope you get over your sinus infection soon!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Flourish, we were readers growing up. I think that's what led to my love of writing. My mom used to draw funny little elves on our lunch bags on the days leading up to Christmas. That may have led to my brothers talent for art. Thanx for stopping by!

carol stanley from Arizona on September 27, 2013:

I did enjoy reading this and it spills with fun and creativity. I think maintaining a sense of humor as best we can in all situations makes life a lot easier to deal with. Very good as always Brave Warrior.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Cris, I'm glad you like my mom's poem. She's a funny lady. The typewriter she had wasn't self-correcting. She had to take that little white eraser sheet, backspace to the word to be corrected and type over it to get it to erase. I remember those, too. Thank goodness for backspace and undo buttons on today's computers!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Crystal, good advice. I'm sorry you have sinus problems. No fun at all!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Crafty, sounds like mind over matter to me. I'm glad you sinus problems have cleared up. My mom's have too, ever since she moved to Florida.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2013:

Teaches, Sheldon is a total trip. He makes the whole show. Thanx for reading and commenting.

Dianna Mendez on September 26, 2013:

Drinking lots of water is a most helpful piece of advice. I love the Big Bang clip - Sheldon is always a fun character to watch.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 26, 2013:

This is great! And timely, too, since I have a sinus infection now. Hahaha. Used to get them every year without fail before I moved. Seems the Piney Woods and Spring did not get along with me. No joke when you say they can last weeks on end. They're almost worse than the common cold! I used to say I'd rather be bedridden with some other illness that would come and go quickly, but thankfully that rarely happens.

Anyway, it's always great to have a sense of humor! Thanks for sharing your informative hub in such a unique fashion. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 26, 2013:

Once a writer, always a writer. How treasured you must feel being part of a literary family who loves to write and appreciates your creativity. Your mother's humor shines through the discomfort of her sinus infection. Happy health and continued writing.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 26, 2013:

Ha..ha..ha....Sha! I love this and I very much enjoyed it. Wow! Love your mom's sense of humour and creativity, eh? So, nice to hear of a funny and loving mother-daughter relationship.

And, yes I was once a proud owner of a typewriter!

Awesome hub! Passing the goodness along!

Love from the sky~

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 26, 2013:

Unfortunately, this is a condition I know way too much about. I have found that rest and fluids help, but I often have to go to the doctor and get medication before I get better. A neti pot has been helpful for me at times as well. Voted up.

CraftytotheCore on September 26, 2013:

Brave, I love your mom's poem! When I was in my early 20s, I suffered from a sinus infection every 6 months. They are the worst type of pain with an accompanying headache. Finally, a doctor told me to stop taking over the counter pills to relieve the pain. He told me sinus medication was the worst thing I could take for a sinus headache. Ever since then, I never got another sinus infection.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2013:

Mom, every now and then I crave a cheeseburger and a shake, too. My body doesn't like it, but my palate sure does! I think I'd rather endure the gastro effects than the debilitating pain you suffered in your sinuses.

I love you, Mom! Thanx so much for commenting on this post.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2013:

Vicki, my mom's a trip. We laugh a lot. We find humor in every situation. It makes the hardships of life easier to handle.

Barbara on September 26, 2013:

I really learned from the report of the sinusitis issue, which gave credence to my bravery to overcome pain with comic relief. However, many years later, I'm not feeling so humorous. Today I went to "Smashburgers" for a delicious cheeseburger and a chocolate shake because I was in a nostalgic mood to revisit the wonderful 50's before you were born. I learned my gastro tolerance today is not the same as it was in the era I was yearning to visit. I'm back in perspective now and tonight I will have a garden salad and a glass of white wine. I'm still in the learning mode!!

Your writing slways enlightens me. Keep penning!


Vickiw on September 26, 2013:

I really enjoyed this, Shauna, and loved your background intro too. It is so lovely to hear about your close relationship with your mother. Thanks for this treat!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2013:

Bill, I was afraid you'd get bored with the intro. I thought it would be clever to begin seriously then carry on with the humor that is my mother's. I also kinda "pulled a shrewdy", as my mom says, in giving this article a title that will bring page reads, even if I don't get as many comments as readers. Can you tell I've been learning about Google??

Anna Haven from Scotland on September 26, 2013:

Well it was the only way I was going to beat Mr Buc, lets be honest :D

You are definitely showing those creative genes and we are benefiting from it.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2013:

Anna, I just discovered I had the wrong date throughout. I have since fixed it. The year was 1967 not 1976! But yes, I have been blessed with the genes of a very creative family. I also have a 2nd cousin who is a producer and a few 1st cousins who are artists in various media. I'm so thankful for the creativity that seems to be a part of my makeup.

Thank you so much for your comment. And you slid in before billybuc! Cool!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2013:

Just about anything indeed!

Loved the poem by your mother...very clever way to introduce it, which I always pay attention to. Well done Sha!


Anna Haven from Scotland on September 26, 2013:

Obviously the artistic streak runs in your family. You, your mum and your brother. I liked your mum's poem, I liked your helpful advice and I also really liked the humour running your article.

Funny, helpful and I really do like how you how write about lots of very diverse topics, and you do a really good job on all of them. You are a talented writer.

Anna :)

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