Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dear Diary Tuesday...

You know I am REALLY sick when I finally give in and go to the doctor....and so that is what I did today.

I woke up STILL not feeling good so I called in and left this truly pathetic message on my bosses answering machine. If you have never heard me sick, it basically involves me crying/trying not to cry while I am talking to you. I then stayed on the couch until about 9:00 am this morning until I noticed I was having a REALLY hard time breathing and was getting a "dizzy" spell again. So, I woke up Dylan to let him know I was going to the doctor, went and picked up my Mom and headed over to the Urgent Care. After two and a half hours, I was FINALLY diagnosed....California flu with a secondary sinus infection. What is California flu you ask....as did I? Well, instead of the normal influenza which takes a few days to come on (which is probably what I have been fighting for a couple of months, along with the sinus infection), it hits very, very quickly ( like feeling good Saturday morning and feeling like a lump of shit by late Saturday morning) and instead of it taking 7-14 days to work its way out of your system, this one takes 4-6 days. Oh, and it is also not one you can get vaccinated for. The symptoms are everything I have....runny nose, coughing, congestion in my head, nausea, dizziness, achy body and achy head. So now I am on an antibiotic for the sinus infection, a codeine laced cough syrup and ibuprofen.....and as for the flu, well, I just get to suck it up and deal with it. And the very best part is that I am EXTREMELY contagious until I get rid of it. So, the Doctor wrote a note I am to give to my boss saying I am to be out of work until the 23rd.....which I will take to her when I go INTO WORK TOMORROW. Yep, I feel good enough to go into work and so I am going and everybody else can catch it! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Actually, I will see how I feel when I get up, but so far, I think I will be fine for work.....me, my codeine, and antibiotics, oh, and Kleenexs with Aloe Vera.

After the Doctor visit, I took my meds and sat around watching TV (being sick reminds me of WHY I don't like TV) and then proceeded to start wrapping Christmas gifts. That is when the TRUE nausea set it.....and I started heaving. Yep, being sick for the holidays is fun!!!!!

And big big big love out to Shane.....just because you are in my thoughts.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Dear Diary Monday...

After fighting it for two months, my body has won. I am horribly sick. My weekend of marathon shopping came to a very abrupt halt Saturday and I have been in bed every since. Oh, except when Dylan and I took my parent's out to breakfast on Sunday and then to Costco. Dylan has been an excellent caregiver and I wish I could say I have been a great patient....but I'm not and never will be.

I have tried almost every single over the counter medication known to man (Dayquil, Nyquil, Cold Tablets, Antihistamines, TheraFlu, etc) and nothing is working. Thankfully I had today off but it was not my intent to spend it lying on a couch with a handful of Kleenexes and a glass of orange juice. Actually, that is not how I imagined any of my weekend but that is how it ended up. So, I am living right now on Zinc throat lozenges, Vicks Vaporub, Kleenex, and lots and lots of liquid. I am hoping tomorrow will be a better day because I have sooooo much wrapping I need to do!!!!

A HUGE thank you out to Toni and Rob for the wonderful and delicious bag o' treats! I made Dylan take them to work because I could not keep my hands out of them!!!