mythicalgirl: (buddha)
I did not get breakfast eaten at home this morning (I know).  Too much time coughing, trying to hack up a hairball or something.  Every couple of minutes while getting ready this morning I was stopped by a major coughing fit.  Damn cold.  Left me running late to get out the door although I still managed to get to work only a five minutes after 8am.  No, I don't know how I did it either. 

Luckily it was an easy morning and breakfast was eaten in peace.  Today was lighter on the meetings than a normal day as well - an hour and a half white board design meeting (think three people around a conference table taking notes while I stand, draw, and talk out what is in my head) and an hour project core team meeting.  Leaving me lots and lots of desk time.  I'm still woefully behind on pretty much every one of my tasks - most of which are due either Monday or Thursday of next week - but I did make some progress today.  So Yay Me!

The coughing has only made me miserable about a dozen times today.  Sadly that is not an exaggeration.  And yet it represents a slight improvement over yesterday!  I still feel pretty much like crap but improved crap if there is such a thing.  

Now, despite the fact that I have far too much to do, I am going to call it a day so I can go home and collapse.  I have housekeeping/life things to take care of - like paying bills, cleaning the bathrooms, vacation prep stuff, etc.  I think most of that will wait for the weekend though as I expect to completely fall out on the couch and be a slug once I get home.  I will eat because the cold meds make me loopy if I don't (although I'm not hungry, at all).  Then sleep.  As much of it as I can get before it's time to get up and do this again tomorrow.  

mythicalgirl: (bipolaroid)
By Friday evening, after the crappy week I had last week, I got a cold.  Or a sinus thing.  Or the flu.  I'm not really sure what it is except that it has included aches and fever and snot, oh my!  

I didn't make it to work yesterday*.  Fever.  We aren't supposed to come in when we have a fever or for 24 hours after.  I'm at work today, maybe a wee bit early for the 24 hour thingy, but I looked at my schedule and couldn't figure out how to stay home another day.  

I managed to eat at home this morning so yay me.  I did not manage to make my lunch though.  One of of two ain't bad.  Plus it is actually a quiet day so far.  No big crisis to deal with - that might have something to do with all of management being off-site this morning.  Funny how that works.  

Anyway, I'm going to get some lunch, deal with my afternoon meetings then go home and collapse.  

*watching Sesame Street with a fever and while on cold medicine is a trip.  
mythicalgirl: (Default)
I'm at work.  I still feel kind of crappy but I kept down dinner last night (rice with some crumbled up turkey burger) so I decided to take the chance.  I also ate breakfast this morning (dry cereal) which so far has stayed with me.  I still feel a little nauseous and my gag reflex is on a short trigger (strong smells especially are making me gag) so we'll just have to see how the day goes. 

I can't afford to be sick though - I have too much to do here at work plus I need to get the grass cut! 

So Sick

Apr. 18th, 2012 12:22 pm
mythicalgirl: (Zombies are people too)
I think I ate something Monday evening that either was bad or really didn't agree with me.  Maybe the leaf lettuce on my turkey burger?

Anyway I was sick all night Monday night.  Took Tuesday as a sick day since I was still ucky and tied pretty close to the bathroom.  Ate some toast yesterday afternoon, which did OK.  Ate a bagel about 7 PM - which did not go OK.  *sigh*.

Had a couple of incidents overnight (lovely) so I called in again today.  No reason to bring this shit into the office.  Slept until 10:30 and woke up hungry.  I tried a small bowl of Cheerios and everything seemed to be going fine until I took a shower, at which point I threw up.  Again.  Damn It! 

I was thinking about trying to work a half day from home but at the moment I just want to go curl up on the couch again.  My tummy seems to have calmed down for the minute so I may try some plain white rice in a bit.  If I get any work done today it is going to be via pencil and paper while I'm on the couch (I do not have a laptop or wifi at home). 

Send me good thoughts, OK?  I'm sick of being sick. 

Is Not Dead

Mar. 9th, 2012 04:17 pm
mythicalgirl: (YosukeUeno Skull)
Better now although still under the weather.  Missed work Tuesday and Wednesday - Tuesday with a nice little fever and Wednesday basically feeling like crapola.  Seriously, I've been sick since last Thursday when the sore throat started.  Can has new body now? 

I had my yearly physical at the doc's yesterday anyway so I asked her about the plague.  She did a quick check of symptoms, throat and ears and pronounced it the upper respitory virus they've been seeing a lot of lately.  Seems you get sick like you are getting cold, have a few days with clear everything but lots of it then start to feel a little better (This was Thursday through Monday for me).  Then you get worse again, this time with a higher fever, colored gunk and a crappy cough (Tuesday & Wednesday).  After that you start to feel better so long as you keep fever free.  Runs ten days to two weeks.  Its like a roller coaster while you have it though - feel bad, get a little better, feel really bad, get better, maybe feel bad again, get better, etc. 

I'm supposed to watch my temp and stay home from work if the fever goes back up (it hasn't, thankfully) and come back if it moves to my chest.  Not many but a few peeps have had it turn into nasty bronchitis or pnuemonia.  I seem to be on the mend but I'm not going to chance it.  Other than a haircut tomorrow and maybe a trip to the grocery store my plan is to stay home this weekend curled up on the couch reading Discount Armegeddon by Seanan McGuire. 

Later!

Ugh

Dec. 29th, 2011 09:53 am
mythicalgirl: (stupid)
I just ate a rather large breakfast, much larger than I would normally eat during the week, because 1) I need to take the antibiotic and the mucinex with food or I get beyond queasy and 2) once I take the antibiotic and mucinex I likely won't eat much else the rest of the day because of the queasy.  Whatever I do eat will leave me rather quickly.  Luckily these "events" are preceded by some intense intestinal cramping which I've taken as my body's way of telling me "Yo, stop what you are doing and get to the toilet NOW". 
Trust me, I appreciate the warnings and heed them well. 

No, I do not tolerate antibiotics very well.  Or any really strong drug, which is why the mucinex doesn't agree with me either.  It is a wonder drug, really, and I can't imagine how full my head and ears would be without it but damn it makes my tummy ucky. 

I will be very happy to be done with being sick, done with taking drugs, and done with the current gastrointestinal follies. 

On the bright side the pain in my right ear is gone and the pressure, although still there, isn't as bad as it was before.  Fingers crossed that the drugs are helping.   
mythicalgirl: (splosions)
Well, the Christmas holiday season here in the US is over.  Now we are in the week of Manic Shopping the precedes everyone's favorite drinking holiday known as New Year's Eve. 

OK, maybe not everyone gets drunk on December 31st but I know a lot of people that do (I am not one of them, thank you). 

For Christmas this year I did...absolutely nothing.  No travel.  No gift giving except for the care package from Mom & Dad (Thanks again!), no cooking.  I thought about going to the movies but that's as far as I got, just thinking about it.  I did leave the house for about ten minutes - that's how long it took to go pick up the Chinese food I had for dinner.  I went with the tradition of doing nothing partly because I don't celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday and no one in my immediate family really celebrates it as a consumer or gift giving holiday anymore either.  Plus I've been a bit under the weather so I was far more interested in sleeping than celebrating.  

Yes, I'm sick again.  I swear we've been passing the plague back and forth here in the office since I got back in November.  I went to the clinic Friday before the long holiday weekend.  Massive sinus headache, lots of pressure, ears hurt, etc.  Dude would not give me an antibiotic because he thought it was either allergies or viral.  So I got flonase and told to take it and allegra, get lots of sleep, then come back today.  

So today I marched my not so little butt back in to the clinic at 8:40 and saw a different doctor.  (I like the clinic, really I do.  It is great having a free clinic here in the building for employees.  But it does get old having to go over and over the same shit with a different doctor each time).  She decided that while it may be viral she thought it was likely more than allergies.  So I'm still on the flonase, now twice a day, still taking allegra, still doing mucinex, and she threw in a Z-Pack (azithromycin) for good measure, just in case its bacterial.  She was a little reluctant on the antibiotic since I don't tolerate them well - the one I was on in November made me queasy and killed my appetite.  But I seem to do OK on Z-Pack and my left cheek is still sore to the touch, indicating something is going on in that sinus cavity.

Now all I want to do is go back to bed.  I don't feel horrible, just not great.  And man, the fatigue!  You'd think I hadn't slept in a week over here.  Seriously, if I could just get comfy I'd be asleep at my desk.  

And that's the story with me.  Hopefully I'll start feeling better as the week progresses.  There's leftover chinese food for dinner as well as leftover homemade pizza (pepperoni, prosciutto and mushroom - yum!).  And there's a really good book waiting for me at home.  I'm reading Imhotep by Jerry Dubs, a self-published ebook I got on the Kindle.  I am really liking it.  I was a little nervous about it being self-published, and it is a tad overwritten but not terribly so, and it really is a good story.  So yay for Mr. Dubs.  I'm about half way through and can't wait to read the rest.  

Now I should get back to work.  Got to earn my keep, yo!      
mythicalgirl: (leaking karma)
I still have the plague but it seems to be loosening it's grip.  I've been able to sleep, which has helped immensely.  After missing two days of work I went back on Friday.  There was some speculation among my peers that maybe that wasn't such a good idea - I was a little loopy - usually followed by several work related questions, emails, and requests for information.  Mixed messages all around.  I left about 3 pm, canceled my haircut and came come. 

Today I didn't sleep in as late as I expected.  I kind of thought I'd sleep all day but I was up by nine.  I managed to clean the lower gutters and go to Half Price Books for some browsing.  Now I'm pretty much pooped again.  I still need to stop by the grocery store and clean the house but those will wait until tomorrow or over the holiday weekend.  Right now I'm thinking maybe lunch and then a nap.  Or maybe just the nap.  The antibiotic makes food unappealing.  I know I need to eat, and I will, but likely just enough to take my meds and that's it.  Which is why I'm not all that worried about getting groceries since its not like I'm eating much anyway. 

I'll likely start working on the pictures this weekend so expect vacation recaps to start up soon!
mythicalgirl: (nap time)
I fell asleep again around 5 am after another dose (OK, dose and a half) of Nyquil.  This time I slept - about five hours worth although not all at one time.  I woke around 7:30 with a coughing fit that had me up for a while.  Adding yet another pillow to the stack seemed to help though and when I finally got back to sleep I managed to stay that way until 11:00. 

I've had breakfast, taken my antibiotics, had a very hot bath, been to CVS for 'moar drugs!'...and I'm exhausted.  Luckily CVS is just down the street as I really don't think I'm awake enough to be driving any further than that.  I intend to spend the rest of the day on the couch with my blankie and a hot cup of tea.  Normally I would worry that if I slept all day I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight but honestly I don't think that matters anymore.  I'm exhausted and the coughing keeps me from sleeping for very long at any one time anyway so at this point I'll take whatever I can get. 

According to the doc I have sinusitis and laryngitis.  According to Barb's husband it is the Mummy's Curse - probably because I didn't accept the offer of a thousand chickens for my person while in Egypt.  Ha Ha, very funny Will! 

Now if you'll excuse me my curse and I need a nap. 
mythicalgirl: (Default)
It is nearly 4:00 AM. 
I came home early yesterday to eat, take my new drugs, and try to get some sleep.
I've slept about an hour and a half since 7:00 PM last night.
Yes, that is WITH the Nyquil I broke down and took around midnight.

Can the drugs please finally kick in already?  I would really, really like to sleep sometime soon. 

No, I will not be going to work tomorrow.  Um, today.  I'm going to try another dose of Nyquil and maybe trying to sleep sitting up in the chair.  If that doesn't work I'm going to CVS for more drugs.  Or vodka. 
mythicalgirl: (Default)
Still no voice today.  Maybe a bit more croak than yesterday but still can't talk.  When I try it makes me giggle.  Giggles with no audio.  It is like living my own silent movie, man. 

The plan for today is to laze about on the couch, drink more hot tea with honey, play some Bejeweled, and pretty much ignore the world.  Its not like I can answer the phone, yo.  So email and text communication only for now.  Work tomorrow should be interesting. 

I doubt I'll be upright enough to do any work on the vacation pictures today.  I know, I'm a slacker.  But sick girl is sick so ya'll are just going to have to wait. 

But here's another teaser for ya:
mythicalgirl: (nap time)
I'm home.  Got back to the States on Wednesday, back to my house in Indiana on Thursday.  Went to work yesterday, got through all my email, etc.  I'm as ready to get back to work on Monday as I can be.

Woke up this morning with no voice.  No voice at all.  Sometimes I can manage a slight croaking sound but otherwise nada.  I got a sinus infection in Rome on Tuesday, flew back with it (boy was that not fun), but it didn't seem that bad until last night.  Woke up a lot with the coughing and unable to breathe thing.  Today I feel OK other than worn out and, you know, no voice.  So there is tea with honey and couch time. 

The pictures have been downloaded from the camera to the PC.  That is as far as I've gotten.  Don't expect much from me this weekend, OK?  But here's a teaser:
mythicalgirl: (Default)
I was hoping to start blogging more regularly but obviously that hasn't happened. 
The weekend sucked big time.  I did not get the metric shit-ton of work done that I needed to do as I ended up sick.  I took it easy on Saturday as planned, going to the bookstore and generally doing not much of anything.  After the bookstore I stopped at my favorite Thai place and had Pad Pak Rum Mitt (mild) as an early dinner.  The food was super fantastic as always.  Went home and finished a book then went to bed.  About 3:00 AM I woke up sick as a dog - gastrointestinal distress of all kinds.  I won't go in to TMI but suffice it to say that it lasted until six ayem and when the smoke cleared I was desperately dehydrated, had a sore throat, and had pulled a muscle in my back. 

So Sunday I recovered.  I shouldn't have done anything but I got kind of OCD about the house being dirtly so I cleaned the kitchen, both bathrooms, and vacuumed.  After that the dehydration headache was too bad to contnue so I made myself relax.  Called the parents to tell them I was sick and not really in the mood to talk - they were sympathetic and understanding.  No one likes being sick.  Then I slept on the couch for three hours.  I wasn't intending to sleep that long but hey, I guess I needed it.  Didn't keep me from sleeping Sunday night either. 

Even though I've recovered from the sickies I've been taking it easy on the food front this week, doing cereal, rice, soup and yogurt for the most part.  Now it is lunch time on Wednesday and I am starved.  I have soup with me but I may go get a sandwich or something as I think I need something more substantial. 

In other news we had a meeting today for The Project From Hell where we went over the project plan for the next month.  Yeah, it won't work.  Not only because I'm leaving for vacation in three weeks so I won't be here for half of it but also because last time I checked I actually need to sleep occasionally.  The project plan is for 4 items that we haven't done requirements or design for yet and the vendor assumed 100% resource commitment to get it done.  Unfortunately I'm already at 100% for other tasks on The Project From Hell like ETL and Web Integration.  I'm good (if I do say so myself) but I can't commit 200% of my time.  At least not without going crazy.  Plus it isn't just me - the whole team was over-committed big time.  So the PM is going to have to redo the schedule and play some politics.  In the end we'll probably all still be over-committed and over-whelmed but maybe not as bad as it looks right now. 

Oh, who am I kidding?  We're going to be told to work overtime and do whatever it takes to get it done in the timeframe that the vendor set so that it doesn't cost us anymore money. 

Meanwhile I'm counting down to 2:00 PM on the 20th.  Freedom! 

Bleh

Jan. 15th, 2011 12:37 pm
mythicalgirl: (not doing shit)
All week I've had ideas on things to post about - The President's eulogy, piracy of e-books, my own consideration of getting an e-reader, stress, yoga. Work kept me beyond busy with no time (or motivation) to post until today. 

And today I feel like crap. I knew something was going on last night after dinner. I didn't get sick but I felt, well, off somehow. At first I thought it was muscle fatigue for the strenuous yoga class I went to Thursday night. But it didn't really feel like that. Yeah, I was tired and sore but more in a good way than in the oh-god-I-overdid-it way. This morning I woke up with a head full of snot and a headache (left side, as usual).  I let myself go back to sleep until 10:30 even though I had errands to run this morning. When I finally got up I skipped my morning workout, had a bowl of cereal, a bath, and now I really just want to take a nap. I still have the errands to do, although the eye doctor is closed now so I'll have to wait until Monday to pick up my glasses. I'm going to try to get as much done in an hour or two as I can then come home and collapse on the couch. 

Sounds like a plan. Wish me luck. 
mythicalgirl: (blow me)
Just days before I leave for Italy and I have a sinus infection.  I was pretty sure something was going on yesterday while I was working from home.  I woke up with the sinus pressure and headache, all on the left side of my head, per usual, and I was hoping it was just a reaction to the fact that it was raining for the first time in over a month.  No such luck.  The headache was followed by the sore throat was followed by the stuffed up ears was followed by waking up this morning with a head full of snot.  Ugh.  A nine hour flight at 35000 feet with a sinus infection is pretty much the ninth circle of hell so I took my sick butt down to Immediate Care earlier today.  Evidently everyone else in Indianapolis also has a sinus infection as the place was packed.  Right now I'm feeling okay - not great but I can function.  And I have drugs so I'm good. 

My practice packing is done and the new suitcase will do just fine.  I painted it to make it easier to recognize amongst all the other black 25'' wheeled jobbies.  No pictures of it yet but I'll post some after Mom & Dad see it.  My shopping is finished as well (I think) and my passport is in my travel purse so I can stop obsessing about leaving it behind.  I should be doing another couple hours of work today but I'm thinking about curling up on the couch instead.  I may end up skipping the gym this week in order to get my work done before I leave.  Plus the fact that I can't breathe to work out, that might be a reason to skip too. 

And now I need to take some OTC sinus meds and maybe take a short nap.  I'll be way busy the next few days and I don't know what kind of internet access I'll have in Italy so blogging may be sparse to non-existent for the next couple of weeks.  Play nice!
mythicalgirl: (peas)
This cold/sinus infection will just not go away.  I did OK last weekend, doing yard work both Saturday and Sunday.  Got my shoulders a little extra crispy and had to stop a few times to blow my nose but did alright.  Monday and Tuesday I worked full days and made it back to the gym, I was feeling so good.  The cough had ramped up a bit but the head full of snot seemed to be easing up.  Wednesday I was pooped so I just went to work and nothing else - a typical hump day then as it is usually my rest day, not a gym day.  Thursday I was even more pooped, coughing constantly, and back to a head of not so clear snot.  I tried to go to the gym (yes, I am stupid sometimes) but after 15 minutes even I had to admit defeat.  I stopped at the Immediate Care on the way home and I now have antibiotics.  

Yesterday was OK - not great but I made it through a full day of work.  I went to bed early, well, early for me for a Friday night, and let myself sleep in this morning.  Then I got crackin!  Weeded the gardens, pruned a couple of shrubs including the ginormous lilac out back, cleaned the kitchen and the master bath, packed up books and sold them at Half Price, and went to the grocery store.  Now I am kicking back while doing a couple load of laundry.  Yes I probably did too much today (I can feel my energy draining away as I type) and I expect to feel kind of crappy here soon but there was method to my madness.  I got as much done today as I possibly could so that tomorrow and Monday (Memorial Day here in the States and a day off.  Woo Hoo!) I can sit back and do, well, nothing.  Just take my drugs and sleep.  There may be some more cleaning and laundry but nothing major and not enough at one time to wear me out.  

So that is the plan.  Watch the movies I have from Netflix, read a couple of books, maybe drink a beer or three, and just relax and try to get better. 

Wish me luck!

P.S. I harvested the first few radishes from my garden, have a bloom on the tomato plant, and the bean seeds have sprouted!
mythicalgirl: (bipolaroid)
Sorry for the radio silence.  I'm still sick and posting has been about the furthest thing from my mind.  If I'm not at work I'm sleeping, or at least trying to. 

I'm feeling better overall - no sore throat now and I can almost breathe.  But the head is still full of copious amounts of snot and the coughing has actually gotten a bit worse.  Pretty much normal for the tail end of a cold/sinus infection.  The biggest problem is the lack of energy and how easily I wear myself out.  I'm still not going to the gym although I hope to get back into a routine starting next week.  As long as I can breathe, of course.

Still, it could be worse.  My brother-in-law as avascular necrosis in one of his hips and will be having a full hip replacement in June - at the ripe old age of 45!  Right now he's on drugs to manage the pain as his hip joint has pretty much disintegrated.  So yeah, a head cold is nothing.  I can deal. 
mythicalgirl: (not doing shit)
Despite the head full of snot I made it the full day at work, both yesterday and today.  Got home at a decent time as I skipped the gym and found myself with several hours of sunshine left on an absolutely gorgeous day.  I ate some dinner (first time in days as sinus drainage = no appetite) and thought "I'll change out of my work duds and get my yard clothes on.  Go out and catch up with my neighbors, plant those black-eyed susan's that P- gave me, spread the mulch, and....and....and I need to sit down."

Ten minutes of coughing, wheezing, blowing my nose and just trying to freaking breathe later and I decided maybe I need to scale things back just a tad. 

The yard clothes will wait as will the plants and the mulch, etc.  My big accomplishments for this evening, besides actually eating dinner, are taking a bag of trash out to the toter and washing a load of laundry (towels).  That's it.  I'm going to sit on the couch with the finale of America's Next Top Model and a mug of tea.  Maybe read a bit if I can stay up past sundown. 

My To Do list has quite a few items on it:
  • WalMart/Target/Meijer for household items and toiletries
  • Lawn and Garden Center for mulch, potting soil, veggie plants/seeds
  • Re-potting the house plants
  • Planting the container garden
  • Spreading mulch (both the 6 bags I already have plus more)
  • Weeding the gardens
  • Planting the black-eyed susan's
  • Vacuuming the house
If I get even a quarter of that list done I'll be happy and consider it a productive weekend.  Heck, if I get just one thing on the list done I'll be happy.  As much as I'd like to get everything done I am admitting I'm sick and it just isn't going to happen. 

Maybe next weekend. 
mythicalgirl: (cthulhu)
The last two weeks have sucked big time in the health department.  Two weekends ago I was uber productive with the yard work, planting flowers, yanking out a yucca, pruning, all that shit.  Couple days later a muscle in my back goes ape-shit and I spend two days at home, mostly flat on my back, dealing with spasms. 

Fast forward to Monday morning this week where the back is sore but no longer trying to kill me (back spasm + driving = bad idea).  Instead I wake up with a sore throat.  Uh Oh.  Yes, the pollen count is currently through the roof so it is possible the sore throat is just due to being unable to breathe and sleeping with my mouth open.  But 9 times out of 10 it is the harbinger of doom, telling me to prepare for a week of hell as a head cold/sinus infection is headed my way.  By noon on Tuesday I was running a low fever of 99.6 F and feeling pretty crappy.  By Wednesday morning the fever had broken - and so had the dam in my head that was holding back all the snot. 

Oh, god, the snot. 

In the last two days I have produced more mucus than should ever come from a single human being.  

I am back at work today, amusing my co-workers with my croaky voice and going through a metric ton of tissues.  Thank goodness for cold medicine as I doubt I'd be functional without it.  Although "functional" is probably a relative term right now.  All in all I feel like the last two weeks have been a complete washout as far as my life is concerned.  I've missed some work so I'm trying to catch up there.  The yard work and gardens are behind as well.  I may be dumb some days but I'm not stupid enough to deal with bags of mulch when I have a pulled muscle in my back.  And until this head cold thingy passes the only non-work engagement I have is with either my couch or my bed. 

Right now, if I were a car I'd be a lemon. 
mythicalgirl: (blow me)

Yes, I feel like shit.  Came on very sudden while at work earlier.  And it is bad enough that I came home. 

The warm weather, the rain, and the fertilizer have all combined to make my yard wake up and take notice that yes, it is spring. 

I keep looking outside and seeing that the grass really needs to be cut. 

And then I think that I'm maybe going to hurl again and the damn grass is going to have to wait.

I really want to be productive but I don't think that is going to be in the cards.

Damn cooties. 

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