Seriously, today is the first day in a week that I can easily draw air in through both nostrils and expel air through the same. It’s brilliant. Things were not this way last week. In fact, things got so bad that I was willing to try out other people’s folk remedies. For instance, one of my friends who also happens to be a coworker was telling me about her netty pot (nelly pot? I don’t know exactly what she was saying and I’m too lazy to look it up). It’s a device that shoots warm salt water into your nose and then miraculously that water (plus other stuff) (bad, bad stuff) comes out of your nose. I didn’t have one of these things, so she recommended that I snort warm salt water out of my palm. Though I was dubious about the efficacy of this action, I was desperate. So I tried it. Imagine this – you’ve been stuffy and sneezing almost constantly for a few days. Your nose is swollen and red and raw. Then you shove a handful of warm water and SALT into your nostril. Nothing was going up there. No, but the salt, the salt went right into my poor, pitiful nose and burned like a motherfucker. Took me about three tries to finally understand that this wasn’t going to work. But today, other than the peeling nose, things are somewhat normal. And I am grateful.
It took me twelve hours or so, but I wrote that commission piece yesterday. I will know by next Thursday whether or not I got in, and at that time I’ll give more details on what the deal was.