i’d rather have broken elbows. or a stomach bug.

i have been extremely ill and only just beginning to operate “normally”. new year’s eve, i came down with a head cold, just 24 hours after bragging to my friend that despite all of my digestive issues over the last few years, i hadn’t had a cold in over 2 years. i’m not sure what’s to blame for that, but my uneducated guesses are: an extremely healthy diet; being forced to drop out of school last year because of my health and therefore avoid a lot of germs most teachers come in contact with daily; the reality that my digestive issues force a lot of stuff through my body at a fast pace, if you know what i mean; and my favorite prevention: thieves. if you don’t have it, get it. i swear by it. this is the first time it failed me.

by wednesday, my head cold had turned into combination ear infection, sinus infection, flu-symptom catastrophe. my doctor put me on an antibiotic, which did absolutely nada for 5 days. during those 5 days, i barely slept, took 4-5 showers a day (sat on the floor of the shower and let scorching hot water pound my head in hopes of relief), was so feverish every time i slept that i soaked through sheets and blankets (this happened 3-4 times a night), and was generally miserable. C was miserable taking care of me. my mother came out and massaged my aching jaw and sinuses and back in hopes of providing relief. by sunday, my doctor had me on another antibiotic which finally started working by tuesday.

all together, i went through:
*6 boxes of tissues
*2 bottles of NyQuill
*1 & 1/2 bottles of cough syrup
*4-5 jugs of orange juice
*6 lemons (added to hot water to drink)
*2 packages of Ricola lemon mint cough drops (yum)
*2 pots of soup

c came down with my cold on sunday, so we were both hot messes with no one to nurse us.

one form of amazing relief was steaming my head over a massive pot of boiled water with drops of this amazing chinese oil. my acupuncturist introduced me to this stuff years ago and i use it for massage, tennis elbow and muscle pain, on my temples to wake me up or when i have headaches, and now, to help clear out my sinus.

i can honestly say this: i would rather have a stomach bug than go through that hell again. i’m used to stomach aches, throwing up and sitting on the toilet. i’m not used to stabbing ear pain, the inability to breath through my nose, clogged ears, and pounding headaches. breaking my elbows was seriously less painful than last week. kidney stones still top my list though for worst pain ever.

it’s friday and i’m low on energy, still have a head cold, my ears are plugged, everything sounds muffled, and feel like i’ve been hit by a truck. i still have no appetite and can only taste things that give you bad breath (garlic, onions, etc). i’ve only left my house 3 times in 13 days, so the outer world feels large, cold, and foreign right now.

*i’m a convert to the neti pot, thanks to my friend and neighbor alex
*alex also has me on garlic pills. (i’m sure that’s not helping the breath i can’t smell.)
*i’m 2 full weeks behind at school, but hoping to still meet my deadlines by feb. (wish me a lotta luck.)
*C made it through with only a cold and small fever.
*my bathtub arrived post-illness, but i still get to finish out my cold soaking in it as soon as it’s installed this weekend. it looks like a giant egg.

i have so many food and health-related things to write about here this january, so here’s hoping the rest of the month is healthy so i can start posting more regularly.

hope you’re staying warm and healthy!


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