My mother gave me some "special" sinuses--like, "please, do I really need a nose?" sinuses. I have allergies year round, and about 3-4 times a year, a sinus infection that hits with the force of a mack truck. Monday, I went to work all kittens and happy times. The day was gorgeous (it wasn't as hot as it had been). My workload was liftable, and then it happened. I started sneezing. A lot. And I couldn't seem to stop it. I checked all my plants to see if any were pollinating--nope. By noon, I thought I had cotton stuffed in my head, and by 1:15, I had slunk out to the car to drug myself into oblivion (or at least out of my head). A few hours later, I had a raging sinus infection with a why-yes-please-stick-a-hot-poker-in-my-ear infection. Yes, I have been to the doctor, and yes, I have antibiotics. Sadly, this thing has me completely wasted and sporting a really low, sultry voice, that you shouldn't use on the phone because they will think you have a whole different job (or what Karen sometimes calls my "Just woke up" voice--brat).
Why am I posting about this? Because sleep requires breathing, and I can't seem to concentrate enough to read. And I need something to distract me between bouts of coughing up pieces of my lungs, so here it is--my list of things that make me feel better when I am sick (even if I can't seem to shake the other stuff).
1. Good Friends--who will bring you stuff, who chat with you via email even though you haven't talked in ages, who indulge you a little, and who let you hack a bunch after you have persuaded them to watch...
2. A little Buffy or Doctor Who or Supernatural or cheesy musicals--or anything else you are addicted to at the moment.
3. Real Tissues--Sadly, I don't have any at the moment, and I totally need to go get us toilet paper; as I am pretty sure I have single-handedly depleted our entire supply.
4. Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup--no, not the kind with any true redeeming value. Just chicken broth and tiny noodles. With a bunch of crackers crushed into it.
5. Showers--I know it isn't the most environmentally friendly, but it is the only way I have been able to steam the gunk out of my lungs (my roommate has been really nice about not getting mad when I crawl in to hack for a while at ungodly hours of the night--Love you, Ruby!).
I'm sure there are more, but at the moment, those have been the saving graces of this sinus infection. Is there something you can't live without when you are sick?
P.S. I'm sure the childhood memory pathos tie into nearly all of my favorite things. So, here is a clip that reminds me of riding up and down the Iowa hills in Cory's car on a spring day. Good times.