Sunday, November 05, 2006

Maybe it's because I stay reasonably fit, or perhaps it's due to my hermit-like work environment, or it could be that one of your gods just likes me, but for some reason I rarely get sick. Today I'm all sniffly though. :(

The last time I was Oh-My-God-I'm-Sick sick was years ago. Late one night an illness came on suddenly, and a toilet was required immediately. I recall stumbling to the toilet and being unable to decide which orifice was going to require its services first (answer: bottom). After giving each orifice a generous turn, I got up, became light-headed and literally crashed around the bathroom. In my dazed state, I was unable to figure out why I kept falling, so I kept getting back up and immediately toppling over again. I played this game a few times, crashing into the shower stall, the cabinets, and of course the floor, and then eventually realized that gravity was implacable so I aimed my ricochets out of the hard and pointy bathroom and bounced into the soft and carpeted living room where I collapsed for a nap.

Today I'm not enjoying that kind of slapstick sickness, instead I'm just a little under the weather. This is the type of sickness that will just go away by itself in a couple days. I'm a big proponent of letting symptoms just work themselves out. so I'll rarely take any medicine for a low fever, or runny nose, or similar annoyances. I figure those symptoms are my body's way of fighting the germies.

I'll deviate from this system if the symptoms prevent me from sleeping well, or if I need to feel well for a few hours. Today, since I was going to be visiting my parents, and I didn't want to spend that time sniffling and blowing my nose, I popped a DayQuil.

As near as I can tell, my body saved up all the snot it was going to expel during those 4-6 hours because this evening my nose has been a virtual faucet. It's like there's a snot brigade in my head, furiously fighting an imaginary fire with the power of mucus.

And, yes, I know that this is a ridiculously trivial thing to complain about, but this blog is where I put my ridiculously trivial things to complain about. In fact, my snotty nose is to actual suffering as running into a garbage can is to an emergency.


kat said...

You have my sympathy, those of us that never get sick definately get sicker than anyone when we do. Our noses aren't calloused from years of blowing. I have a cold right now too... sucks.

zelda1 said...

I hate colds and came home from the hospital with one. I recommend either potato soup or chicken soup and put a lot of onions, garlic, and celery in the water that you boil either chicken or potatoes in. Yep, doesn't get rid of the cold, but it will help you sleep better and does, in fact, make you feel good too.

tinyhands said...

Ok, but why didn't you blog that day?

And Dayquil does the same thing to me. I'd rather take half a Nyquil and risk a little drowsiness.

Mike said...

Kat, I don't think I do get sicker than the regular sickees. I just whine more.

Zelda1, that's hilarious that you think that I could make chicken soup. Frankly, your suggestion even sounded like a little too much work when I was imagining just opening a can of soup.

Tiny, that day predated my blog by a year or two.