Readers of this blog undoubtedly know that I sometimes create Monday posts geared toward providing helpful info, but also sometimes use it as my personal ranting space. Today’s post is the latter, but it’s going to be a short one.

Why, you ask? Because I’m sick, that’s why.

In fact, I’ve been laid out with a sinus infection for about a week now – working at half speed, taking antibiotics…the whole nine.

I actually considered re-posting an old entry from the last time I was sick, but it was too specific to the time. It’s pretty funny, too, now that it’s no longer new. It sure was unfunny at the time.

Surprisingly, I’ve gone a whole nine months without getting sick like this – I’d thought it was more like six – but I’m not thrilled to be on antibiotics again. Yeah, I’m one of those guys who believes that taking antibiotics pretty much guarantees I’ll get sick again in another six months or a year. Taking probiotics helps, but I dunno.

The reason this happens to me – and I can’t prove this, it’s just my feeling – is that I had one of my parotid glands surgically removed in 2012. That lovely surgery, called a parotidectomy, became necessary because I had a nonmalignant mass growing in it. (Don’t Google the procedure if you’re squeamish, by the way. Yikes.)

The parotids are actually salivary glands, and they’re part of your immune system. So, having one permanently missing means a subpar immune system for the rest of your life, in my opinion. My experience since 2012 would seem to bear it out, too.

I write all this partly to vent, but also to try to head off the “helpful” advice people like to give when they learn you get sick one or more times per year. (Mom is a great one for this. “Are you taking a multivitamin?” “Yes, Mom, I take a multivitamin every day.”)

And this post is now already twice as long as I’d planned to write. That means it’s time to say, Happy Monday. I’m going to rest. Hope you’re doing better than me!

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