Don’t get me wrong – on a visceral level, I understand that this is probably something that I’d regret. Nevertheless, I keep having the impulse. (Sort of like the way I am frequently tempted to add just a little Sriracha sauce to my grapefruit juice, but have so far managed to avoid actually trying it.)
The thing is, I have a persistent infection in my throat and sinuses. The last bout has lasted since mid-January, and so far I am resisting giving in and taking another course of antibiotics. (I mean, it’s got to resolve on its own someday, right?) Maybe not, but I’ll wait for until my app’t with the ENT is done next week before asking for the sixth course of the twelve-month period.
I have been mitigating it by gargling frequently with Listerine, which loosens up all sorts of repulsive, stringy proteinish crap which is subsequently ejected, and by the frequent application of beer to the bits of my throat that I can reasonably reach with Listerine. At first I thought that the beer was helping just because, hey, beer! But after running out of Listerine and trying to get some relief with salt water or the “Big Gun” Steri/Sol, finding that nothing particularly repulsive was finding its way into the sink. Reasonable conclusion: The gunk that lives in the back of my throat (and sometimes my sinuses) is insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol.
When the infection finds its way into my sinuses, using a neti pot with the usual isotonic solution is sort of helpful, but not really. Once it gets into my sinuses, I’m generally miserable until the antibiotics knock it back - which will be mid-april based on my schedule of appointments, this time around. I keep thinking… jeez, various ethanol solutions really work a trick on the crap in my the back of my throat, I’ll bet it’d act the same way in my poor, alien-occupied sinuses.
Intuitively, I know that this would hurt like a son-of-a-bitch… but still… I keep thinking… “Maybe just a 5% solution, to clear it out… I’m a man, I’ve endured more painful things for less significant gains… no, that’s insane. You can’t put *alcohol *in your sinuses! But alcohol is its kryptonite… Sure, it’ll hurt, but!”
Give me a more concrete reason than “That’s bound to be unpleasant!” …cuz if it might make it possible to avoid missing work for the next two weeks, I think I may give in and give it a shot, bad idea or no.