seeing the light

February 24, 2009 |  Category:   life

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I think this might be the world’s longest cold/flu/virus/whatever in the history of man, or at least in my life, but I *think* I am finally starting to come out of it. I came out of the doctor’s office on Monday morning without a magic pill to good health since it appeared to be viral and not a bacterial infection. The only thing you can do is ride it out, though I did get an rx for antibiotics just in case I wasn’t feeling better in 2 days. Bummer! Do you know what the doctor prescribed instead? Sleep, ha! Apparently my late-night sleeping ways, even through this sickness, might have been preventing me from recovering quicker. Aside from a night where I did sleep 12 hours, I kept up with my usual 2am bedtime, mostly because I didn’t feel drowsy until then, but especially because of this violent cough. So tonight I’m supposed to take a few teaspoons of some nasty cough medicine laced with codeine to help me sleep, yikes! I’m a bit nervous as a few of my friends say that it just knocks you out, but at this point I am desperate to try anything.

So if I had to get sick this year, I am really glad it happened now and grateful for small miracles. Grateful that it happened after our Valentine’s Day rush, grateful that my design workload was super light the past week so I didn’t deal with work stress, and grateful that our bathroom exhaust fan, usually so powerful that it sucks anything and everything out of the air, broke down the day I started getting sick which allowed the bathroom to steam like a sauna. I quite like when things align in your favor and sometimes you have to find the good to make it through the day.

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  • Claudia February 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    A goodnight sleep is always a good remedy. I hope you recover completely soon!

  • laura February 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, don’t be afraid of the codeine! Embrace the codeine! I had the same kind of cold you are describing and the codeine laced cough syrup is the only thing that saved me. I swear the violent cough wears you out so much it’s impossible to recover in any kind of timely manner! Get well soon!

  • Fiona February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Ugh! What a sad week you’ve had. But Laura’s right: embrace the codeine. Sleep, sleep, sleep.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. This has certainly been a brutal winter all around.

  • Joni February 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Jenna, please take care of yourself. You must try to hit the magical 8 hour mark for sleep. Sleep restores good health and boosts immunity. Sleep is a gift. I don’t mean to sound new agey, but I’m concerned about this long bout of coughing you’ve got. I suggest lots of vitamin-rich foods and hot honey water. And lastly, sleep!

  • Annie From Seattle February 25, 2009 at 1:01 am

    You poor thing. Even when small children aren’t concerned, a cold/cough like that will wipe you out….with munchkins needing care and attention, it’s like a nuclear bomb in your life. So sorry. Crossing fingers and toes that you are feeling better in the morning.

  • Basht February 25, 2009 at 11:49 am

    If you can have garlic then eat lots of it… even cutting a clove in 2-4 peices and swallowing it like a pill will work wonders. follow that up with some ginger or mint tea with honey (the ginger or mint will help your tummy from any ickyness and the honey will help to heal and soothe your throat). And long hot steamy showers will help if you have the time to do them. I hope you feel better soon.

  • Shelly February 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    My sister and I had the same flu, and we were both under the weather for 3 to 4 weeks with chills, fevers, headaches, followed by a horrible chesty cough. You will get better! As soon as I read your description, I knew what you had…..
    So sorry!

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