There’s nothing quite like the feeling of losing control of your senses. The strangest sensations are those when you wake up in a daze. I almost enjoy having a fever and taking cold medicine just to experience it.
When I was younger, I was often sick. Mostly ear infections. A lot of ear infections. I wrote about them back in 2016. Read about me tripping out as a child: Noises In My Head. As an adult, at least I can differentiate between reality and those hallucinations.
Or can I? Man. WTF. Back to reality. I think.
Being sick is not fun. I’m starting to think it’s because of my coworkers. In more ways than one. First- people are always coming in to work sick or with flu-like symptoms. That’s a great way to make everyone sick. Besides the airborne coughing and sneezing- people touch everything!
Sharing a workspace means I touch a lot of the same spots. Keyboard, mouse, phone, desk, chair, doorknobs etc… bacteria and sickness gets spread quickly.
Most of my coworkers come into work and use Clorox Wipes and attempt to disinfect everything around. Normally I just do a quick wipe or wet cloth if I see dirt. Those invisible bacteria seems like it’s more harmful to remove 99.9% of them.
There’s no exact way to prevent becoming sick. Except telling people to stay home when they’re sick. I think it’s a courtesy to your coworkers.
Sharing donuts- Good.
Sharing the flu- Bad.
As I mentioned the other day, I felt I was getting sick. And so the sick bequeathed unto me. (Did I use that right?) I am now resorting to my comfort needs and everything possible to feel better.
Chicken noodle soup. A must have when feeling sick. In our home it has been dubbed “Sicky-Soup” for good reason. Keeping those fluids up is essential for getting better. I also drink a lot more tea and ginger ale during this time. Good to keep the stomach calm.
Of course rest is good. I find that I move from bed to couch and back again throughout the day. With the occasional stop in the washroom because of all those fluids entering my body. When laying on a couch I always grab an old comforter, this time it’s ALF keeping me cozy.
Of course the last thing is medicine and vitamins. I try and start with Vitamin C and see if it helps. But then it’s onto Tylenol Cold and Flu. If that fails to rid my body of ailments, hot Neo-Citron knocks me down so I can get back up… eventually.
What are your go-to remedies?
I think I brought back something from Winnipeg that I didn’t overly want. A massive head cold and stomach bug. It started slowly on Sunday, but blossomed into something much less desirable by the end of Tuesday.
Taking a sick day is rare for me. But I really needed it. Sleep and medicine has been useful in trying to combat this attack on my body. Wearing comfortable pjs and eating comfort food has also been helping. (That’s probably just the lazy factor making me happy.)
I want to blame the recirculated air on the airplanes for this. But it’s probably a culmination of that plus back to school (kids are germ spreaders!) and the change in weather. My stockpile of unused tissues is diminishing as my collect of used ones increases.
Ugh. I just want to get back to feeling normal.
Is that too much to ask?
Over the past 36 hours I gradually fell more and more under the weather. It started with a tickle in the throat then progressed to an all out raw feeling. Followed up with a very runny nose. Icky.
It seems that this cold has made it’s rounds through my work as well as my family. It finally found my immune system and tackled it. It’s amazing how quickly my body felt run down. So I attacked back the only way I know how- sleep.
I took a three hour nap yesterday followed by a nine hour deep sleep overnight. This morning I feel like the cold has 50% less hold on me. Hopefully it regresses more and my body gets back to feeling awesome by the end of the weekend. Nothing like being sick on your days off, amirite?
Sick Joe isn’t always a Happy Joe. I’ve been doing my best to keep up my fluids by drinking lots of water and eating soup. I’ve had to forgo my beers and deep fried treats for the time being in hopes to get better.
Besides more fluids, I have been taking some other supplements and cold remedies. My wife introduced me to Ricola. I used to take Halls when my throat was sore, but these “herbs” seem gentler.
Time to get back to my self pity party. I also don’t like that I’m not as cheery as I usually am. I’m feeling green lately and wonder if my skin tone looks the same. Heading into a week away from Christmas- I don’t want to be the Grinch.
What do you take to feel better?
Seems like I was unable to avoid getting sick. It probably doesn’t help that I’ll be still going to work as I try and recover. But since that’s where I got this from- why should I not return it?
Morning advice is just stay away from me for the next bit until I get better. No time for self pity. Lots to still do before the Christmas break.
I have a couple days off coming up soon. I’ll lounge at that point if I have to. Right?
I’m sick today. Nothing I am doing is making me feel better. Soup, tea and sleep are all I have at the moment. Worst of all is that I work the night shift in a few hours. So no cold medicine.
The medicine I’m talking about is the kind that is sold over the counter, and brings with it sensations of floating. NeoCitran and NyQuil are fantastic for taking you away from the illness and off to a land of crazy dreams or dizzy spells. Neither of which are conducive when you work for a railroad and have to instruct crews on where they need to be going.
I’m pretty sure that this sickness will pass in a day or two. But in the meantime Kleenex and blankets and self pity are making me feel better. Or worse. It’s always darkest before the dawn, right? (Night shift pun). I could always call in sick to work, but then I’d be moping around regretting the sleep I had during the day.
So, now that I have eaten my soup and written my blog, I am off for a quick nap. Except the heartburn has arrived.
Ugh. Complaining is tough.
Throughout most of the year I suffer from allergies. I look at it as my body feeling bad for Mother Nature. J/k. Allergies suck. But what sucks more than allergies is the Summer Cold.
Nothing like looking forward to your weekend, seeing that it’s going to be sunny and warm, making plans with friends, when your body decides to grab a virus. I often confuse it with a bad case of an allergy attack. It’s usually when I’m 2-3 days in with the sniffles that I realize I’m sick. Now my days off are shot trying to recover.
Did I mention before that I dislike sweating? Sweating because of manual labor means you are accomplishing something with your hard work. Sweating because of a cold or flu is just plain gross. In the summer, being drenched in your own fluids as snot rolls out of your head is not how I want to go. You may as well be taking the brain out of my skull and throwing it directly into the sun. Summer cold sweats are the worst.
Usual winter remedies or comforts, like chicken noodle soup or hot tea, doesn’t work the same in the summer. You pretty much just have to suffer through the cold virus until it passes onto the next victim. This is the time that I do my best to try using mind over matter. I think healthy thoughts and avoid focusing on being sick. I’m not sure that it works, but it beats feeling miserable all the time.
I feel better already.
Nope. It’s still here. Ugh.