The Neurotic Nerd: avoid getting sick on planesPosted: December 11, 2011 | |
Here is the first installment from the contributor the Neurotic Nerd:
Hello from the Neurotic Nerd. I am a recovering hypochondriac who regularly freaks out about the following: money (the lack thereof), bed bugs, apartment catastrophes, and plane crashes. I am also a refugee from the academy. I got my MA in Freaking Out. I will be chiming in on these topics from time to time. Today we’re going to talk about how planes make me sick. Literally!
I complained to my uncle, who is an allergist, that I always get another upper respiratory infection (hypochondriac-speak for cold) or sinus infection after a flight. “I use Afrin before take-off and take lots of Emergen-C and everything!” I whined. “But I still get sick! My nose can’t handle the pressure.” (Granted, some of my tendency toward illness after flying might be due to my fear of flying, which stresses me out so bad that I look and feel like a rag doll that got caught in a spin cycle after a flight. I’m also usually drunk because that’s how I cope. Don’t judge.)