Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 59

Thirteen Things I typically do when I'm really sick



Ok, I hate to be cliched here, but this cold is really kicking me in the gut.  Or lungs.  Whatever.  So, I was thinking about what my typical routine is when I start getting really sick.  Now you stay-at-homers know that you really have to be down before you can get away with most of this, but this signals the inevitable slide into "just kill me and get it over with".

1.  I start drinking hot ginger lemonade.  This works for both colds and the stomach yuckies.  Sadly, the ginger at the supermarket had been recalled?  What's up with that?

2.  I also make a whopping cauldron of garlic soup and eat a lot of it.

3.  I try really really hard not to knit.  It just galls me that I have all this "free time" and I can't knit.  But I've learned the hard way that it's much better to just do something else.

4.  So I read.  A lot.  So far this week, I've read Tender at the Bone (good if you like Ruth Reichl or restaurant critics), Between a Wok and a Hard Place (Tamar Myers...don't really recommend), I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree:  A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor (Laura Hillman; you must read this book), Now You See Me (Rochelle Krich; yay!  Now I have someone to fill in the gaps when Faye Kellerman isn't publishing), and part of Best Served Cold (Jimmie Ruth Evans), and Help for the Harried Homeschooler (Christine Field)

5.  One thing that I don't do a lot of is play computer games.  Those take brains and when I'm sick, I have even fewer than usual.

6.  Crave ice cream or popsicles, depending on whether or not my sickness involves puking.

7.  Wander around the house in the dead of the night.  I have insomnia at the best of times but when you wake up hacking half the night, it's hard to go back to sleep.

8.  Sometimes I quilt, if I've got a hand quilting project going on, but I won't piece or machine quilt.  Just way too many things that can go wrong with that.

9.  Sleep as much as humanly possible.  I will beg and bribe the girls to watch the twins so I can nap without fear that they'll tear down the house.  If they can't watch the twins, I'll pop in a video and lie in the middle of the living room floor for some shuteye.  For some reason, they like to crawl and climb all over me and it doesn't bother me when I'm that sick.  What bothers me is when they wander off.  That wakes me up.

10.  At least once during the illness, I find myself waxing philosophical and promising myself that I'll live a better life once I get my strength back.  As you see, I rarely do, but it is part of the pattern.

11.  Spend a lot of time saying, "Please just leave me alone to die or survive.  Alone."  I don't think I complain a lot when I'm sick and I clean up after myself, but I don't want people fluttering over me.  I'm one of those people who just wants to crawl back into the bedroom and have other people leave me alone.

12.  Eat a lot of fruit.  That's when I have a cold, obviously.  If I have a stomach bug, I favor ginger ale and saltines.

13.  Wish that I wasn't sick, marvel at how really rotten/weak/cruddy I feel, and vow to appreciate good health when it returns.  Sometimes that even happens!

Now if you don't mind, I think I'll go be alone.

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Linda said...

Oh dear! Get well soon.

My TT is up as well.

Malcolm: said...

When I am sick, soup and sleep are a big part of my recovery routine. I hope you feel better soon.

Gina said...

I've given up on Tamar Myers. The look good on the library shelf but once I get them not so great.

I used to plow through any book good or not. Anymore I have such limited free time that it better catch my interest from Chapter 1.

No pressure for any authors reading out there! :-)

Shelby said...

Being alone is great fun. I do hope you feel better soon :)

Nancy J. Bond said...

I *so* identify with #10 and 11! I cannot stand to have anyone fuss over me when I'm not feeling well. I hope you soon feel better though. :)

Comedy + said...

Oh my, I hope you feel better soon. I too hate being sick, but I do remember being sick with kids. It makes it very difficult to get the rest you need. Try to have a great TT. :)

Robin said...

I enjoyed Tender At The Bone, but I can't imagine reading a food book when I'm sick.

Hope you feel better soon.

Lori said...

Being sick sucks!! I work in a hosptial and im surrounded my sickies. All I can say is...Ziacam...the nurses swear by it. And yes, I changed my pic:) My BF took the new one last weekend....thanks for noticing:) Happy TT......

Anonymous said...

feel better!

Julie@Shanan Trail said...

Since I am ridiculously behind on my blog reading and this was originally posted 9 days ago... I do hope you are feeling at least better if not at the top of your game.

[Please just leave me alone to die or survive. Alone] I am just like this. I don't understand my dear little one at all. She insists on being with me, being crabby and sitting on my lap! I only thought it was uncomfortable to have a 40 pound 6 year old with a temp over 102 degrees stretched all across me. It is way, way worse when the child is 15, over 5 feet tall and over 100 pounds ~