Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Weird Flu

I went to bed Friday night after setting my stuff out for my bike ride Saturday morning.  Woke up about 3 am with a splitting headache and sore throat.  What the heck is THAT about?

The other weird thing was this-I didn't have a stuffy nose.  Apparently, it is possible to get a sore throat without a stopped up nose, but I had never seen or heard of such a thing.

I didn't have daytime medicine, but I didn't feel like being awake anyway, so I took Nyquil and slept a lot.  Today my throat  feels like it HAS been sore-I'm not ill, I feel like I have been ill....which, to me, is more irritating than being ill.   I don't deal well with bodily ambiguity.  If I'm sick I want to be clearly sick enough to know I shouldn't mow the lawn or go out in public and risk the greater good of all mankind.

Since I'm no longer coughing, I went to Petsmart and Starbucks, but I don't know that I'll tackle the lawn just yet.  I've got that stuffy thing going on in my forehead-up high where the netti pot doesn't reach.  I'm just going to netti the crap out of my nose and hope it knocks whatever bug is hiding up there loose.

The good thing about all of this is I realized I haven't had a respiratory flu in so long that I really was at a loss as to how to deal with it.  Proof that my netti pot and probiotic routine really do work.  (I was formerly a cortisone shot up the nose once a month girl-that sucked.)

I thought of another silver lining too-now that my hernia is fixed and I'm not puking 10 times a day, I bet my immune system gets stronger still.  I know I know-it's my default program.  Shit happens and I go into "well at least...." mode.  I try not to do that with other people's shit-it pisses them off when they want sympathy, but I'll continue to deal with my own shit in my own way....thank you very much.

Crap-I have to go to the store again-Oliver has asked me a dozen times already "do you want an APPLE?" which is parrot for "give me a damn apple".  Why does he always get a craving when I'm out of apples?


Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is good to hear you are feeling better. Dontcha jus hate that ick feeling!

kj said...

debra kay, you are solidly asserting yourself more with every passing day. do you know that? :)

i don't mind the recovery phase when i am weak but not sick. it's my license to veg on the couch and read or watch daytime tv without conflict.


Debra Kay said...

I am normally all about the vegging, but I committed to a 50 mile bike ride at the end of september and I'm ready to get out and train!

I did go to the hispanic store for apples, which always perks me up. The music inspires me to throw veggies and fruit in my basket-I bought prickly pears and cactus leaves and got a thorn! Damn.

They also had some really ripe (properly ripe) pineapples so I got a couple to cut up and freeze for smoothies. The annoying thing is-they don't have any sugar free stuff, and I'm a slave to my diamonda splenda already brewed jugs of ice I'll either have to do without or go to yet another store.

Oliver is singing apple apple quite happily-they had his favorite-Pink Lady's! He also likes braeburns, but gets pissed off if you give him a granny smith-I guess parrots don't do sour.

Debra Kay said...

I really listened to what Oliver is saying-he is saying Apple-then he makes a clicker noise and says "wanna bite" then he gives himself a bite. Self reward is a wonderful thing.

studio lolo said...

Is self reward like self gratification? I imagine so ;)

I wish you could bring Oliver to PTown, but just knowing how many of us will be meeting in the flesh is WILD and enough excitement for me!!

BTW, I've often had sore throats without stuffiness. It's allergies sometimes or post nasal drip. yep, it's screaming for the Neti pot.

And I love Pink Ladys too!

soulbrush said...

whew thank heavens it's not the old swine flu around your parts. hey oliver i love gala apples, do you get those there?
wordveri:smother (please do NOT do that to Ollie).

Debra Kay said...

Oliver was making a lot of noise when I was making my reservation and the person made sure to tell me the no pets thing included caged pets too.....I took the hint and didn't bother to tell him that Oliver doesn't really use a cage all that much.

Debra Kay said...

Oh, Oliver loves gala's too-he pretty much likes anything except a Green Granny Smith. I'm half afraid to tell him I bought a new bag of peanuts today-I'm afraid he might just die from the bliss.

Michele said...

Glad this illness passed quickly. May you be strong and healthy for the remainder of the summer and then some : )