October 10, 2012

The Allergic Salute

I had horrible sinus and allergy problems as a kid. I was plagued with allergies and bronchitis. I spent nights sitting on toilets with hot showers steaming up the bathroom, with humidifiers, and Vicks vap-o-rub, and prescription Benedryl (yes, that's how old I am). My parents knew they were in trouble when they saw the Allergic Salute.

Take your hand, flat, fingers together, thumb in, palm towards your face. Now, place the middle finger of that pressed-together hand on the tip of your nose. Touching your nose the entire time, run your hand up until your nose passes the part where your hand meets your wrist. That's the Allergic Salute.

For the past few days Owen's been fighting what we thought was a cold and now know to be a sinus infection. He's developed an Allergic Salute of his own. It's ingenious since it involves nothing but his nose. He simply blows air through his nose in a vain attempt to clear it. He does this about every three and a half seconds. It's not at all annoying. Especially at 3:00 in the morning.

Annoying, yes, but at least Owen's blazing his own trail, not merely copying his dad.

Posted by Chris at October 10, 2012 7:17 AM

Sam is making the same. Exact. Noise. On the same schedule. I have, thus far, resisted the urge to smother him. But I'm constantly telling him to either blow his nose or knock it off. It almost makes me long for winter.

Posted by: Annie at October 10, 2012 11:47 AM

It wasn't until I reached my mid-40s that I started suffering from seasonal allergies.
Right now, however, I am suffering from something sinus related as my eyes are foggy, icky and only allergy relief eyedrops clear them up. And the dull headache between my eyes and down my nose is another give away!
Ugh - poor you, poor Owen.

Posted by: NancyB at October 10, 2012 12:13 PM