Sunday, September 2, 2012

Anatomy of a cold.


Wednesday - I noticed a slight post nasal drip thing going on, felt a little tightness in the chest.  Didn't sleep well that night, throat started to hurt when I swallowed.

Thursday - Headache, sore throat, tight cough.  Broke out the NyQuil to sleep that night.

Friday - Headache, head felt like a brick, tight cough, feverish, went to work but went home before noon.  Stopped at the store on the way home to pick up whatever I might need over the weekend so I wouldn't have to go back out.  Walking into Jewel I was met by blaring music and dancing employees approaching rapidly.  I almost turned around and left. They handed me a bag with coupons and some other stuff (I was delirious) and I told them not to come any closer I was sick.  Further into the store an employee pinned a balloon to my cart and tucked a 10 dollar gift card in my hand.  I warned him I was sick and he smiled anyway.  It was a bit surreal.

Slept a good part of the afternoon, did NyQuil again that night.

Saturday - got up early, fed the animals, watched a little TV and by 11:00 am I was back in bed where I stayed until past 4:00 in the afternoon. Felt a bit like a zombie.  With a cold.  By 10:00 I was ready for bed again.  NyQuil is my friend.

Sunday - slept till 9:30. About 2:00 I laid down again until 6:00. Starting to feel a bit better.

When my kids were little I couldn't do this.  But now - if I am sick - I let it dictate.  If it wants me to sleep - I sleep.  And I get better.  It's when you can't lay down and rest that it takes longer to get well.  At least that's my theory.  I know it's a hell of a way to spend a holiday weekend but I think I'll be well on my way to feeling better before I have to go back to work on Tuesday.  Might even feel well enough to get some things done around the house tomorrow!