I thought it best to move this comment to the lounge instead of buggering up sixgun's thread some more. I spent the better part of the past two days at a hospital in Orlando with a good friend that is clinging to life after a sinus infection spread to his brain. After neuro surgery to drain the infection, a once healthy man is looking at a long recovery. Kind of puts things in perspective for me.
Prayers on the way.. The grandson of a high school classmate is experiencing what sounds like the same thing. He is in the Navy and I believe out in California.. I'm thinking they are expecting him to die.
Will keep my fingers crossed, and a short prayer too. a scary thing for me, have chronic sinus issues. Nose broke as a youth, things don't flow well. I get one or more sinus infections per winter. Most I ignore, don't want to make antibio's less effective, in case I really need them later, for something else. May have to re-think that logic now. My side issues have been dental, infection has gotten into upper jaw a few times. steve b
Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. This is a classic case of a man that would not go to the doctor at the onset of symptoms. If he had not waited until he was in so much pain to go to the doctor the infection would, most likely, not have spread to the brain. The reason it spread to the brain was because he had polyps in his sinuses that would not allow the infection to drain normally. Therefore they had to open up his skull to remove as much infection as possible, then insert a tube to allow the remaining infection to drain. After all that and some heavy doses of antibiotics he's probably going to pull through, but he has many months of therapy ahead of him because of some brain damage caused by the surgery and infection. Long story short, don't ignore the symptoms of illness, your body is telling you something is wrong. Listen and seek medical attention. Your life maybe on the line. I'd have never thought a simple sinus infection could end up killing you. UNTIL NOW.