Sick on Sunday

I am getting sick for the first time in…almost a year and a half. Seventeen months. Thanks to good habits in sleep, diet, and exercise I haven’t been sick since the October I was visiting a friend in Chicago and shivered through all the night on the sofa beside the living room window. (Lesson learned: even in a warm apartment, the Windy City is the Windy City.)

It’s the third day I’ve woken up with a sore throat. Now it’s getting more to the point of numbness, though: where the whole body feels raw and dull. Yesterday my throat was in such a state of hotness, dryness, and scratchiness that I felt hungover (when I haven’t had that sort of drink in ages); today it just feels sort of swollen. Except when I yawn. Then it feels like I’m trying to swallow a needle.

My right ear might be full of water. You know in movies, when the hero barely escapes an explosion and the force of the blast still catches and throws them and their ears ring? There’s no ringing, but that’s how muffled my hearing is in the one ear: like something just exploded beside it.

Past experience tells me things will get worse before they get better: first comes the sore throat (check), then the stuffiness (check), then about a week of flem and runny nose and not enough Kleenex (impending).

There is a silver lining to all this, however: a cold, while not horrifically debilitating, is a reasonable excuse to take it easy, so today—after I eat breakfast and shower—I think I’m going to hole up in bed with a hot cup of chai, The Cider House Rules and my manuscript.

Cheers, folks.

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13 thoughts on “Sick on Sunday

  1. Get well very, very soon, Julie! I am so glad you have an excellent book — or should I say books? — by your bedside! We’re getting copious amounts of snow in Denver today, and it would be an excellent day to be sick here. In fact, I am nearly pretending to be sick by cozying up in bed and reading blogs. I hope to catch a couple of programs on streaming video soon, too. I’m thankful I don’t have the symptoms you do, though. 😦 So sorry about that.

    Take care & bon courage!
    Karin

    • Haha, thank you, Karin! I have indeed been bouncing between my reading and my writing and have thoroughly enjoyed both books– though one is a lot easier at this point 😉

      How’s it going in Denver? I hope you got all the rest and relaxation deserving of a snow day and that you are in bon sante! Thank you for the good wishes. “Bon courage” is new to me: I understand the literal meaning but must ask, is that what one would typically say to someone in France when that person is sick? In any case merci beaucoup! 🙂

      Incidentally– do you snowboard or ski? I hear Denver has some pretty sweet powder!

      • Hi Julie!

        I hope you are doing better.

        We had a lovely snow day here, all tucked in. It’s trying to snow again today, but not as much.

        “Bon courage” is another way in French to say “Good Luck” but in a “Chin up!” kind of sense, as in when someone is down on their luck and needs courage to get through it. It’s a sympathetic kind of phrase suitable for any occasion when someone needs to get through something tough. It is definitely appropriate for when one is sick, but for other things where the going is rough, too.

        I used to ski (back in the days before snowboards even existed, lol). I did quite a lot from my mid-teens to about 21. The snow was glorious, and the powder was beautiful! My joints cannot sustain that kind of exercise anymore, so my skiing days are over. I have excellent memories of going, though. 🙂

        Bon courage with the writing! And have fun with the relaxing reading.
        Karin

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