Monday, February 29, 2016

A Bad, Bad, Cold

I am rarely ill.  Hearty peasant stock is how our family refers to the fact that TBG is laid prostrate with what barely bothers me.  If I do come down with something, it doesn't last more than 24 hours.  I go to sleep and wake up refreshed and healthy.

Would that that had happened last night.

Instead, I was up every three hours, medicating and whimpering and coughing and achy.  TBG knows not to disturb me when I'm in this state; where he requires hugs and rubs, I desire to be left alone. Don't touch my fevered brow.  Just let me wallow in self-pity, and then heal.

Unfortunately, I didn't heal last night.  I woke up this morning just as congested as I was when I lay my head on my pillow last night.  I'm alternately sweating and freezing.  I can't fall asleep, but the words I'm reading in the library book are swimming in my brain, not really making connections.  I keep forgetting who the characters are.

I've picked up the pre-ordered groceries.  I'm doing laundry.  These chores were required by time and circumstance.  The fun stuff I had planned - squats at the gym, re-potting the tulip bulbs I'd forced inside, organizing the yarn and its concomitant supplies, sweeping the clutter off the desk in hopes of replacing it with some kind of order - all that is still available to be done.... if only I could muster the energy.

So, the sun is shining, the pool is welcoming and I'm slumped on Douglas-the-couch, coughing and sniffling and generally feeling wretched.  I don't think it's the flu or anything more than a common cold.  I don't think I'm going to be sick forever.  I imagine that tomorrow or the next day I'll wake up with a clear head and all the energy I need to do what I need to get done.

Unfortunately, right now that's in the future.  My present consists of super soft Kleenex and a good book I'll probably have to reread if I want to remember any of it at all.

Thanks for listening to me whine.


  1. Awwww...I feel your pain Suzi. A few weeks ago our entire family was hit with what our doc deemed the "Rhino Virus". Is like the common cold on steroids! She said that for some reason, this season is the worst strain and outbreak she's seen in 20 years of practice!!! We were rendered completely useless, basically bedridden with it and I nearly went nuts being that cooped up and feeling so lousy for what seemed like forever! Lots of liquids & rest... Hope you're feeling better soon...if I lived closer, I'd be the one bringing the chicken soup! Do they have a Jewish deli here you can get some yummy Matzo Ball soup? That might taste pretty good right about now...hang in there. Hope it didn't spoil your birthday either! Lots of love.

    1. Cancelled all but one 0f my birthday weekend plans... spent the days since in bed.... cold on steroids: ExACTLY!!

  2. Having a cold is a horrible experience. Too bad you had to spend the day miserably. The last time I had flu I had to drink lots of ginger tea (to settle my stomach). Like you, I tried to read a book, and I did have to read it again later because I couldn't remember any of it after my cold went away.


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