I guess some of you know that I developed respiratory problems shortly after 9/11. I was living in downtown Manhattan at the time and the air was wrong for a little over a month, but they told us it was nothing to worry about and I believed them. Except that I developed a chronic cough and asthma-like symptoms a little less than a year later. (There is zero history of any kind of respiratory issues in my family, fyi)
It's much better now, because now it's only triggered by my allergies which means it only gets really bad a couple of times a year, but of course early September is the beginning of the fall allergy season so I get a bit bogged down by the bitter irony of the fact that I always actually have the symptoms on the anniversary of the date.
Anyway, my head is a giant fog of cloudy sinuses and my lungs feel like they're made of rusted tin. I had a nosebleed all weekend because I kept hacking so much I would fuck up the membranes. Grr. It's hard to concentrate, it's one of those things where I feel like, you know, having a nose full of snot and sandpaper lungs shouldn't impair brain function, but it totally does.