Awkward & Awesome | San Diego Edition

7.12.2012

AWKWARD
- Flying with a head cold.  This is actually more painful than awkward and I'd highly advise against it.  Let me explain.  On the last day of our trip, I woke up with a sore throat and couldn't stop sneezing.  At first, I thought it was allergies but by the end of the day I knew it was a cold.  The next day, I took some cold medicine about an hour before our flight and didn't think twice about getting on the plane.  Oh my god.  Big mistake.  I had the weirdest sensation in my ears during the flight - totally different than I've ever had on previous flights - and the descent into SFO was straight up painful.  It felt like someone was stabbing my ear with an ice pick.  I almost started crying right there on the plane!  And physical pain hasn't made me cry since I was in elementary school so that's saying something.

- Um, that's it.  I can't think of anything else to fit into this category from the trip.  That's how awesome San Diego was.  More specifically -

AWESOME
- Unplanned double features.  On our first day of vacation, we randomly decided to go see a movie.  We went to see Ted, which just so happened to end right when Moonlight Kingdom was starting in the theater next door.  Let's just say, we made it a late night.  Don't judge.  You know you've done it, too.

- We had some pretty awesome food in San Diego, too.  Carne asada fries, pollo fundido, gnocchi, California burritos, fro-yo, local beers, margaritas, mojitos ... you name it, we ate and drank it.


- Neti pots.  After the Most Painful Flight Ever, I still had a horrible, uncomfortable, clogged pressure feeling in my right ear.  To make it worse, I couldn't hear a thing out of that ear.  A friend on Facebook suggested I try using a Neti pot to clear it out.  Holy crap.  Immediately after using it, the clogged feeling was gone, the pressure was gone, and I could hear again.  Just in time, too - I was started to feel like an old lady constantly saying, "Eh?  What?  Speak up, sonny, I can't hear you!"

- The San Diego Zoo!  We spent a full day at the zoo and it was amazing.  I'm finishing up the photos and planning to post them for you tomorrow!

10 Comments:

  1. I've always thought about using a netti pot but have been too afraid - was it as easy as they say it is?

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  2. i've flown when i was sick and had the same exact thing. so painful. it makes me feel for the little babies that cry when you're landing. except as an adult i can't start wailing. tempting, but no.

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  3. I had to fly home from college sick once and I thought I was going to die so I feel pretty bad you had to do that. But I think the Zoo makes up for it :)

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  4. I hope you feel better! I went to the San Diego Zoo last year and think I walked around for miles and miles. That place is HUGE

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  5. Oh, man. I've got chronic ear infection, and I've had far too many flights like that. Ugh. Tips for the future: sudafed and ibuprofen. The latter is more important, as ibu will reduce swelling and dull pain. Also, take along something to suck on. I find that works better for this kind of stuff than gum.

    And yes to the neti pot. Thanks for the reminder -- I should go use mine. Flying with congestion is one of my least favorite things, but I love to travel, so I do it anyway. But I hear you on that discombobulated feeling.

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  6. Yay so happy you liked San Diego! I like it here too! And I am so sorry to hear about the painful flying experience..I have an ear infection right now and man it sucks! :(

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  7. I love that you visited the San Diego zoo! I hope that you feel better soon!

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  8. Girl, you know flying with a head cold can literally make your eardrums pop!! Last time I flew I got sick there and had to flu home. When I didn't get better and went to the doctor she said I was lucky to have no damaged my eardrums.

    You poor thing!

    And all of that food looks so.damn.good.

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  9. omg flying with a cold is THE WORST. I flew to Europe with one. With all the traveling it just got worse. By the time I landed back in LA, I had one of the worst sinus infections my doctor had ever seen and warned me that I might not have ever re-gained hearing in my right ear. luckily he was wrong!!

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