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Not done with this yet

I'm still coughing rather much and it looks like my lungs are going a bit green. That's a sign of bacterial infection and I was hoping I'd knocked this thing, but I could be backsliding. That's not good news. I mean, how long is this going to drag on?

I'm also pretty tired today. Going to bed at 10 has been a really good thing for me, but I can see my bedtime sliding back day after day this week. I can't tell if I'm tired from lack of sleep or if it's cold-induced exhaustion. I was up coughing again last night so I did lose some sleep.

Anyway, it's lunchtime and I'm going to walk up the street and see about getting some various cold medicines (I appear to have run through the lot - and I've actually been at this long enough that I now know what the cheapest brands are I can buy for each of the "effects" I'm seeking). What I really want is a copy of the next Sookie Stackhouse "vampire detective" mystery. Why is she such a hard author to find? I'll be ordering this online if I can't find it by the end of this week.


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Feb. 5th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Well I'm on day 17 of racking cough but it seems to be subsiding now thank god.

Best of luck in getting better.
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
how long is this going to drag on?

For as long as you keep running yourself into the ground & dosing up on OTC meds to hide that! Basically. :-)
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
hm. she may have a point, there.
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
What she said!

Sleep. More sleep. No goings out. More sleep. Stop pushing your body into what it doesn't wnat to do and keep on with lots and lots of vitamins.

Also a visit to the Doc might be in order, seeing as you just came back from Egypt.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'd also consider whether going into work is wise, if I were you. They will not keel over without you; no one is indispensible.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
*nods* Wise lady. This back for a day, off for a day doesn't do a body any good at all.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't see where going into work is making me any better or any worse. I feel like the bug I have is just lingering for as long as it wants to and whether I stayed home or didn't stay home it is just going to run its course.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
The more energy you're spending elsewhere - work, going out, whatever - the less energy you have to put to fighting the infection. Tiredness & stress (& work even when it's good is at least mildly stressful!) lower your immune system; which is when you get opportunistic infections off the back of whatever you had in the first place.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
stupid cold
If I'm not all better on Monday I'm going back into the doctor. I don't feel like they've been taking this very seriously because it hadn't moved into my chest until the day after my last appointment.

Clearly I'm improving. But I cancelled going to the party I was aiming to attend on Saturday due to obvious lack of spoons. Wah.
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I also am worried about taking too much time off work and having the company have problems with it.
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I always figure it's better from the employer's point of view if you take a small number of days completely off & recover, rather than keep going to work & working sub-par for ages. But if you're concerned, talk to your line manager. (And/or check your contract for your sick leave policy.)
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
I've only gone out once in two weeks.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Then keep on staying in! You took a trip to EGYPT woman. That has probably added on another two weeks to your recovery. Seriously, this is more than likely your body telling you to stay off your feet and rest.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
What's odd is I felt better when I came back, but I might have picked something up while I was on the airplane or something - the cold moved into my chest two days after it came home. On the other hand, the air in most of Egypt was much cleaner than it is in London, as long as I was able to stay away from smokers.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
It sounds to me like you've got the same drek I had. It's been weeks and I still have the residual cough. Hates it, I does, Precious. I have big sympathy.
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
... 'tis extremely frustrating -- poor you!! -- and as my mum always says (wise owl!) the most dangerous part is when you think you're doing better and so you get some confidence back and end up taking a step backwards.

nothing i can add really to the whole R&R recommendations, apart from maybe thinking whether you're eating well, too? caffeine, dairy products, meat, sugar... probably not good ideas. i'd have veggies and fruit on the drip if i were you - i know, easier said than done, but still worth a try i think.
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thus all the vegetarian food last weekend (and in general). I've only had a bit of yogurt for dairy and I've been having lots of fruit. And I don't have any taste for sweets right now - so I guess my body is regulating its intake pretty well.
Feb. 5th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
wow, it's pretty amazing isn't it, how the body responds...

i really hope you feel better soon, this really has been too long < hugs >
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain with the dragging-on-cold business. That's not good. *hugs* Get well soon.

If you're not feeling up to it tomorrow evening, just drop me a text. We'll understand. Really - we've been there lots.
Feb. 6th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
I'm hoping I'm okay!

Are you guys vegetarian or vegan?
Feb. 6th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I guess the question is, I'm trying to figure out if pasta is okay, as most pastas have eggs in them.
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