Oh, just great! On December 17th, I was surrounded with a lot of people hacking and coughing into their arms. December 19th, I wasn’t feeling ‘normal’ so I took a Gravol and went back to bed. When I woke up again, my ears were paining me, my throat was talking to me, and I ached all over. My first thought was “Oh no! I’m getting another ear infection and/or strep throat.” For me any pain in my throat usually ends up affecting my ears anyway. I managed to get in to see the doctor on the 20th. Lucky me, no ear infection, no strep throat! Suggested treatment: Take some Tylenol for the pain.
By the 21st, Jack Frost was trying to move in. I was coughing so hard it felt like my toenails were going to come up. All I really wanted was for the cough to stop. Fortunately, I now had some money in my bank account so I could get the Tylenol cold medication with the Dextromethorphen. This stopped the cough, but I felt like death warmed over. I would curl up in my chair, wrapped in my blanket because I was cold, and watch television. Slept a lot there too, many shows coming on and going off with no memory of what transpired.
On the 24th, I was asked if I needed a ride to church. With as much politeness as I could muster, I replied, “No, thank you, I am keeping my cold at home so I can’t be accused of spreading my germs.” (The standing rule from when I was working: If you are sick, stay home. If you come to work sick, you will be sent home.)
On Christmas Day, I managed to drag myself to the kitchen and get the boneless stuffed turkey roll into the oven. I still wasn’t feeling particularly hungry or energetic. The rest of the week between Christmas and New Year’s was spent in the same manner: popping my cold medication, eating sugar-laced Halls like they were candy (whatever happened to the sugar-free black wrapper?), sleeping, and forcing myself to eat something.
I still don’t feel 100%, but I am better than I was two weeks ago. My wish for you is a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2012.
January 7, 2012