A Cold that Won't Ever go Away

So, I wake up with a lack of energy, cough, really low voice and some serious congestion on Saturday, Feb 6.

It wasn't too bad, because I didn't have a sore throat or any of the other symptoms that normally come with a cold.

By Tuesday, as it's still hanging on, I decide to call the Dr. I didn't want to go there because I fully expected him to say "take some aspirin, drink fluids and get lots of rest." And I wasn't about to pay $150 for a Dr. visit for that. I was right. It's exactly what his nurse told me to do. Only, she added Mucinex to the suggestions. (the stuff really works, by the way)

So, by Thursday morning I'm feeling a little better. Until right after Sunrise 7 when I catch a chill. Then came the shivers that wouldn't go away. That's when I knew it was time to haul my butt to the walk-in.

It was there I found out I had a temp. of 101. But a chest X-ray showed there was no pneumonia. So, the Dr. prescribed some antibiotics and a cough medicine with codeine. I fully intended to go to work the next morning. February is ratings where TV people try not to miss work and Bao had her Hmong wedding in the Twin Cities later that day, so I fully intended to go in so she could leave early.

I got home from the Dr. and took my meds, fully intending to get a good day's and night's sleep. But I couldn't! After a day not falling asleep in my easy chair during "Law & Order" repeats and "The Young and the Restless" I went to bed at 4pm. And I tossed and turned until at leat 9:30pm, may be catching 1/2 hour at the most. Since my wake time is 1:35am, it was then I decided I'd have to call in sick Friday because I'd be completely useless the next day.

Friday, my Mom calls to see how I'm doing. I'm 43, but still her little boy when I'm sick. And the conversation goes something this.

Mom, "How, ya feeling."

Jeff, "Like crap and now I can't sleep."

Mom, "Does you cough medicine have codeine in it?"

Jeff, "Yea."

Mom, "Because I have an allergy to codeine. When I take it, I get really wired and can't sleep."

And then the light went on. Turns out I must have the same reaction, because I stopped taking the stuff and have been sleeping a lot ever since.

As I write this on Monday, Feb.15, I' still not back to 100%. I can't laugh without causing a coughing spell that makes me sound like I've been smoking for 30 years and I still have a lack of energy. So, this cold is starting to feel like it will never go away.

 

Now, the reason I'm sharing all this personal stuff with is is three-fold. 1) My cold is why I didn't have the energy to do a new blog last week. 2) My cold is the reason I didn't earn a salt in my soup here at work, didn't work out and ate a lot of comfort food to destroy my diet last week. And 3) My cold offers proof of what my Grandma Oly always used to say. "Women have the babies, because men couldn't stand the pain."

The way this cold makes me feel. She's right.

J

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