Friday, May 03, 2013
Last Monday, (the 22nd) I woke up feeling perfectly fine, but with a mild, little cough that wouldn’t go away. I went about my life until Wed. when I woke up horse and coughing my head off. I stayed home, taking cough medicine and trying to sleep. But by Friday, I was coughing so hard, so often, my throat was raw, my ears were throbbing, and I had pulled a muscle in my neck.
To top it off I hadn’t slept for more than a few minutes in the last 3 days, because every time I closed my eyes I would launch into a coughing seizure-like fit.
I went to urgent care clinics, talked to pharmacists, and called my general practitioner; and they all informed me that I had a cold and there was nothing they could do about it.
I’d tried teas, hot showers, various cough medicines, heating pads, setting up, reclining, anything I could think of just to get a few hours of sleep; nothing made even a dent in my coughing. I was utterly exhausted.
I realized then, that I would trade anything just to sleep, soundly and restfully for a few hours. Nothing, not a new car, a million dollars, a date with the hottest man in Hollywood, can give me that healthy, all’s well in my body, feeling. No material possession can give me a comfy, restful night’s sleep.
This Tuesday night I found a mixture of prescription strength cough suppressant, Nyquil, and pain relievers that has finally, and blissfully, allowed me to sleep through the night (more or less). However, my deep, body shaking, ear popping, headache inducing cough is still right there nice and handy when I get up.
For two weeks now, any slight physical activity, (even adjusting the blanket) could cause me to launch into a coughing fit. So I haven’t even been able to take a walk in two weeks. It doesn’t help that between the “May cause drowsiness” cough medicine, and the less than perfect night’s “sleep” I am completely wiped out, exhausted all day. I know it’s going to be like I’m starting out at square one again, when I get back to my gym schedule.
Being sick, sucks.