Sinusitis and Shortness of Breath






Something I think about every day and have been for about 10 years is a health problem I have been dealing with, and that is Chronic Sinusitis. My sinus problems began about 10 years ago, with constant post nasal drip, sinus pain and pressure and teeth pain. I also experienced dyspnea which is shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.  After having quite a few teeth extracted to alleviate the pain, my primary care physician sent me to an ENT specialist who attributed my problems to both GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and Chronic Sinusitis. After a course of steroids and antibiotics I had sinus surgery, which was one of the most disgusting procedures I’ve ever had. I also began taking Omeprazole for my GERD. I am still taking Omeprazole and my GERD symptoms are still under control. My sinusitis cleared up, but after a few months it came back as bad as before.

In December of this year I contracted a cold, which turned into a bad sinus infection, which lasted until about 2 weeks ago. Now my sinuses are constantly draining, especially with changes in the weather. I am not allergic to anything except a change in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. After the sinus infection cleared up I began experiencing very sever air hunger, which is not being able to take a  satisfying deep breath, which in turn causes excessive yawning and fighting and gasping for air. It is worse just after sunrise and at sunset.  I have been on both inhaled steroid medications and steroid nasal sprays,as my doctor believes it is asthma. These have been no help. I had severe asthma as a child and my breathing problems brought back many not so fond memories of asthma attacks.

I recently had a CT scan of my sinuses, and EKG and a chest x-ray. Tomorrow I will see an ENT doctor to see what he can do for me. I hope that finally I will get some answers and hopefully some relief. I will update this post as soon as I learn anything new.


Can I make Money Online Blogging?

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I first started blogging about 6 years ago when I moved to Penang, Malaysia after retirement. My first blog was Retired in Malaysia and was all about my move and my life in Malaysia. My main reason in starting to blog was that I wanted a new hobby that could keep me relatively busy. My other reason was that I wanted something I could do at home that could earn me a bit of money, perhaps to buy a couple of beers from time to time.


I started to monetize my site with Google Adsense and was earning a few pennies now and then. But after a while Google banned me, without giving a reason, of course. Unbeknownst to me a friend was clicking on my site thinking he would help me. I appealed to Google with a full explanation, to no avail. Within a couple of hours they denied my appeal, I’m sure without even reading it! I then installed Infolinks, since I was banned from Adsense for life.  Shortly after starting Retired in Malaysia, I started Steveso Thinks, which was a blog where I could share my views on liberal politics and social issues. This site was also monetized by “Infolinks”. I started using “Amazon”, “Ebay” and “Groupon” affiliate marketing in hopes of making some extra cash.


In 2014 I moved back to the United States, where my spouse and I set up home in Brockport, NY. After moving here I started two new blogs, Help Me Make Up My Mind, which is about reviewing some of the products I have purchased while living here, and Cattle Dog Kids, a blog about our two Cattle Dog siblings. These tow new blogs were also monetized in the same way as my previous blogs.  I also wrote a few articles on sites that pay for content. I now can honestly say that in the past six years I have made a combined grand total of maybe $10!


All of my blogs previous to this one were started using Blogger, which I still use. After many hours of contemplation regarding starting a new blog with either “Blogger” or “WordPress”, I decided to try our “WordPress”. I started with the free plan to see if I could easily manage it with my very limited technology skills. I saw no sense in spending more money on another blog, if I couldn’t easily use the site. If I find that “WordPress” is to my liking I will definitely upgrade and get a domain of my own and then monetize the site to see if I can make a little bit more money. If I can make enough money to pay for the maintenance of my blogs with a little left over for a beer I’ll be satisfied.

Welcome to My Free Brain Blog

For quite some time I have wanted to start a blog where I can share some of the many thoughts or questions I have encountered during the day or while falling a sleep at night. Often times I forget what I have been thinking because I forgot to write them down. I have another blog, Steveso Thinks, in which I primarily blog about liberal politics or social issues, but I did not want to include short topics such as my random thoughts. This is my first attempt with so bare with me while I am learning. If all goes well I would like to upgrade and get my own private domain and hopefully earn a little money. Wish me luck!