And on the 7th day, she rested less

Not to belabor the “oh poor me, I’m so sick” thread, but GEEZ — this latest cold/flu/virus thing has been just horrible.

Today, Day 7, I feel semi-human again (that means I only still have a clogged ear, a less-sore throat, and lingering laryngitis from coughing up bits of lung). I thought nothing could top last year’s episode, but this year’s double-whammy (5-day bout of misery, 7-day halfhearted recuperation, then 7-days-and-counting relapse) has been something other-worldly. Complete with conjunctivitis (pinkeye) of all things.

I so wanted to be dipped in an antibiotic bath (or at least get some in pill form), but haven’t had anything but OTC meds (save the eye drops prescribed  for the pinkeye, though that was probably viral in origin as well). Intellectually, I know antibiotics do nothing for viruses, but emotionally, I needed to think there was something to kill the invaders — my immune system sure wasn’t doing it. I tried a few of the “natural remedies”… gargling with saltwater, drinking apple cider vinegar and honey in water, steaming my head over a bowl of boiling water…to no avail. The only thing that actually felt good was drinking lemon juice and honey in hot water when even tea was more than I could stomach.

So what’s the deal? Have the viruses gotten that much stronger or have I gotten that much weaker? Before last year, I could count on one hand the times in my life I’d had anything even remotely like this. Now I’ll be worrying I’ll never have a “normal” cold again. Also, I thought the body built up immunity — that once you had a certain virus, your body could fight it off next time (I think I gleaned this from an episode of House — probably incorrectly. Or maybe it only works for chicken pox. Or maybe all these viruses I’ve gotten are different. Or maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about.) And all this despite taking a handful of supplements daily, eating pretty well, and exercising regularly.

Forget giant sunglasses and clunky plastic clogs. I think these young ladies have the right idea — imagine how much illness we could prevent if this were the next fashion fad. Maybe I should lead the trend.


Sickness comes on horseback but goes away on foot.
~ A proverb


  1. Rege said,

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    You sure do seem to get sick a lot. Maybe you should keep a “sick ” log or journal, seems like many times a year every year. And don’t forget to include physical trauma ie. ankle, scabs on knees etc.

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Lies, all lies. I hadn’t been sick since last year at about this same time. (First sprained ankle in my life shouldn’t count against me either — are you sure you don’t work for the health insurance business?)

  3. WARREN said,

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Could be that the virus’s are mutating from all the extra radiation due to global warming. I bet the government is funding this study too.

  4. harehill said,

    Monday, April 27, 2009 at 8:45 am

    sounds like swine flu to us!

  5. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, April 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

    You know, harehill, the thought occurred to me. Not quite the same symptoms though… All the more reason to get those masks out though!

  6. Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    it has to be some soft of swine flu or a mutation version of it

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