I am truly a mom over the top! I have been a compulsive overeater for most of my life. The first time I remember specific over the top eating behaviors was when I was 13 years old. That was 24 years ago. I started on this journey to health, to abstinence, to sanity in May, 2010. I hope that by blogging I can help, not only myself, but help others to know that they aren't alone. My tools on this journey are Overeaters Anonymous and SparkPeople.

Looking for answers

For twenty years I have battled with chronic sinusitis


By Mayo Clinic staff

Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen. Chronic sinusitis lasts 12 weeks or longer despite treatment attempts.

Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, this condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. If you have chronic sinusitis, it may be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face may feel swollen, and you may have throbbing facial pain or a headache.

Chronic sinusitis may be caused by an infection, but it can also be caused by growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated nasal septum. Chronic sinusitis most commonly affects young and middle-aged adults, but it also can affect children.


Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses often associated with a cold. At least two of the following signs and symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis:
  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
Other signs and symptoms can include:
  • Ear pain
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough, which may be worse at night
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea

 Some years are better some years are worse.  Usually it has been something I can just live with.   Not anymore.  The past six months I have been so incredibly sick.  I have been on antibiotic after antibiotic and within a week or so of finishing a course I am sick again.  I finally have an appointment with an allergist in two weeks to have testing done.  I know, after a sinus CT in January that I am structurally okay but something is causing this to recur time after time.

I am ready to be healthy.  I know that being able to breathe correctly and not feeling continually ill will help my energy level as well.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

What a gloomy gray cold and drizzly day.  Oh well, my food choices have been almost acceptable today.  I truly believe that starting my weekends with my Saturday morning OA meeting is cathartic.  This week I said the words out loud, I admitted that for the past months I have been in relapse.  I began again with the first step.  I admitted that I was again powerless over food and that my life was once again unmanageable. 
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