Friday, March 9, 2012

Ahh-choo

By Heather

When my kids were wee little, we used to refer to March as the “plague” month. Any germ going around inevitably came home with them. It was always a month of doctors, medicine, and long, long nights.

As the kids grew, the plagues seemed to fade away—for everyone but me. Each and every March, I get a nasty head cold that inevitably turns into a sinus infection (no matter how hard I try to ward it off). Last year, it lasted two months, turned into two ear infections, a sinus infection, and a touch of bronchitis, too. Yeah, lucky me.

Anyway, I lasted seven whole days of March without feeling so much as a sniffle. Then yesterday I woke up with a terrible throat. And then congestion started. Just in time for me to hit the road. I leave for Chicago today for a few events... If you’re in the area, I’ll be speaking and signing with Denise Swanson and Kelle Z Riley on Saturday, March 10 at 12:30 PM at the Coal City Public Library and Sunday, March 11 at 1:00 PM at the Bolingbrook Barnes & Noble Booksellers. I’m really hoping this cold is a quick one and that I don’t infect anyone attending the events (I promise not to share my germs).

But be forewarned. I don’t like to suffer in silence. I definitely whine a little too much when I’m not feeling well. “My throat huuuurts.” “I cannn’t breeeaaathe.” LOL. My poor family is probably glad I'm going away. But I am determined not to whine on this trip. Too much.

And let’s hope that this is the only plague of the month (I can dream!).

What kind of patient are you? A whiner or a silent sufferer?

10 comments:

Dru said...

I'm a silent sufferer.

Enjoy your book event.

Maureen Hayes said...

Be careful traveling because it I'll only tax your body more. Make sure you drink tons of fluids and get lots of rest. I generally like to be left alone when I am sick, but I also complain, so I am both a whiner and silent!

Hope you feel much better soon and the book signings go well.

Ellery Adams said...

I'm a "leave me alone". Woke up today with body aches and a sore throat when all I really want to do is get some work done in the yard.

Drink hot tea and relax when you can and feel better soon!

Brenda Hyde said...

I'd probably say I suffer quietly, but I'm sure my family would say I'm a whiner. LOL I hope you feel better quickly-- rest as much as you can. Naps are lovely:)

Vicki M said...

Oh ugg, sorry you are sick while you are traveling. I usually drink lots of Airborne and Emergency, which really helps. Next year, try using a Neti pot to help prevent a sinus issue...I have found it to be helpful, and I am lazy and don't do it nearly as often as I should...but I've been sick-free this whole school year so far. I tend to be a bit of a whiner. Feel better!!

Suzanne said...

Hope you feel better.

I tend to whine. February was my month of sickness, cold, then bronchitis, then reaction to medication. Still have the cough, could take a month to go away according to my dr.

Kristin A. said...

Oh, Heather, what yucky timing to be sick. Like some of the others have said, rest when you can and get lots of fluids. Apple juice is always my favorite when I'm sick. I'll barely drink it any other time, but something about it makes it taste good when I don't feel good. Hope your speaking and signing engagements go well! Feel better soon!

Vickie said...

It depends on what's going on. I like to think I am stoic, but DH would likely beg to differ...but then it's Mr Pot calling the Mrs. Kettle noir...

Aurian said...

I do hope you feel well soon Heather, and can enjoy the trip.
I am usually silent but I do enjoy a little whine to get my boyfriend to spoil me a little.

Barbara said...

I have COPD so respiratory "stuff" hits me hard. I've just gotten over 2 solid months of bronchitis which morphed into a head cold which then slid down into my chest upon which I started coughing like a kid with the croup. I definitely did not suffer in silence except when my throat hurt too much to talk. :D Hope you don't feel too bad on your trip but try to get some rest when you can.