February 24, 2005


I have this stupid personality trait where I hate taking medicine. I don't know why I hate it so much, but I end up like I am today: it's my fourth day of being sick and I couldn't figure out why I felt so crappy, and then I remembered that I haven't taken any medicine. My mom and I are constantly having this dumb conversation where I say I feel bad and then she says, "Well, did you take any medicine?" and I irritably answer, "No." And then I wonder why I feel bad. I don't know why I do that, it's so dumb, but I do it all the time. It's probably because I don't really think it works. Last night I took NyQuil and two Tylenol PM and I was still awake.

But now, you know, fourteen hours later, I can barely hold my head up straight. Maybe the stuff is finally kicking in. Anyways, I just took some DayQuil and opened a Coke, so maybe that will jolt my eyelids open. Or at least help me stop breathing out of my mouth. I can't even concentrate on knitting today, so you know I must be on death's doorstep.

So the SITREP is still the same as yesterday: I'm still sick and the husband still isn't in Kuwait.

Posted by Sarah at February 24, 2005 02:53 PM

Blessing in disguise: He's not there while you're ill. I remember when the ship I was aboard returned to civilization after spending about three months on Gonzo Station (off the coast of Iran, at the beginning of the Carter hostage crisis). I think EVERYONE fell ill after the short stop in Pearl (not THAT kind of ill!!), just because our immune systems had "atrophied", as it were.

Hubby's immune may not be ready for the flu (if that's what you have, here in SW MO both the flu and an upper respiratory infection are going around), and it would be good for him to not get it for a couple of weeks, just so you two can re-acquaint yourselves. So, go see the medics, and make sure it's just the flu, or get anti-biotics if it's an infection. And hang in there, girl. "This too shall pass".

Grace and peace,

Posted by: Jim Shawley at February 24, 2005 06:29 PM

If I can make a suggestion: I don't know how easily you can get it where you're stationed, but Malaysian food is awesome for clogged sinuses ;-)

Order of preference after that would be:
Japanese (WASABI!)

Last resort would be some sort of really spicy barbeque. I'm not saying chug the Tobasco or anything, but...

Posted by: James at February 24, 2005 09:51 PM

Came across this link. Played it...brought a lump to my throat.


Posted by: Michael at February 25, 2005 04:23 AM

Wish I were there to take care of you. I could fix you some hot cherry jello to drink! The medicine just helps the symptoms. The virus has to run its course. If you have bronchitis, you could be given an antibiotic, however, bronchitis is being treated with inhalers these days. You're looking at 7-10 days of being sick if you have the flu. Then the cough stays with you for weeks. I know...I'm still coughing! Take care of yourself.

Posted by: Nancy at February 25, 2005 05:59 AM