Pushing Through the Workdays

This past week has been on the more miserable side of the spectrum.  Xan has been on and off cold-sick for a couple weeks now, but he got a pretty nasty one starting Wednesday.  My boss at work was also sick.  I don’t really think there was much hope in the matter despite my vitamin C and Echinacea binge.

Yes.  I have been sick.  It started on Thursday as a tickle in my throat.  Sore throat by Friday.  Exhaustion and runny nose on Saturday.  And then came in all of its glory on Sunday with a sinus infection and sinus headache.  If ever I am to be tortured, I have learned that this combination would break me.  To not be able to breath AND have a pounding head?  It is the definition of miserable.

It broke me down and had me heading to the grocery store for stronger western drugs.  With my three combination purchase – Afrin nasal decongestant, cough drops, and Excedrin Sinus Headache – I was able to get all my symptoms in check.  I was even able to breath again.  That nasal spray is a new found wonder and within 5 minutes of using it, I could breath perfectly.  And it lasted ALL NIGHT!  (FYI: if anyone tries the Afrin, don’t use it for more than 3 days.  Some say 5…  My dad says 3.  Personally, my limit is 2 days.  I really don’t want to chance my body growing dependent and REQUIRING me to take it.)

Apart from Sunday, I’ve worked every day starting Friday.  I work today.  I work tomorrow.  And then… I will have a very much needed day off.

Until then, I am exhausted.  My whole body feels like it has a random combination of strap-on weights.  My head feels like its full of air.  My decision making skills have fled.  My ability to smell or enjoy food has been smothered.  I even turned down the extra french fries from dinner last night.  (Yes, with all these cold drugs in my system, I am definitely off my elimination diet and broke down for take out yesterday.  Five Guys Burgers and Fries.)

And now, I need to leave so that I’m not late for work.

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3 responses to “Pushing Through the Workdays

  1. Sounds like pregnancy to me.

  2. Sorry that you’re sick! I’ve been fighting off a cold, and I think I won. 🙂

    Careful with the Afrin – don’t use it more than a week straight (or is it 5 days?) – your body can develop a dependence on it. Then your nose will run unless you use Afrin again. Love the stuff (works so well!), but it’s kind of a double edged sword.

    Get better soon! 🙂

  3. Lindsey Hicks

    I’m so sorry you’re sick. Norah has been sick on and off for a while now too. Something is going around. I am also a big believer in pushy Vit. C and Echinacea. I’m disappointed it didn’t cut this time for you.

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