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A Tommy Chong Moment

I have finally slowed down and taken some time off from work. I currently have leave to burn, and no deadlines to kill me. So why not?

Not to mention that I have a lot to do before 12th Night.

Of course, as luck would have it, I have also seem to have developed a bad case of bronchitis as I usually do this time of year. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow (it seems that 'tis the season to be coughin' as they didn't have anything available today). I do hope that I will be functional for Christmas Eve.

This has sucketh mightily because I have not been able to do much in these past days. Moreover, I was supposed to have my first appointment with my personal trainer this morning, and also a private rapier practice with Dante this afternoon. I had to cancel both, since coughing up half a lung while exercising is never a good thing. Bonus points if you do it outdoors.


This did not stop me from going to the Folger's yesterday with ballistabob to listen to the Folger's Consort Spanish Christmas concert. My sweetie had purchased those tickets a while ago, and we haven't had the time to go out on a date for quite a while.

So I took a double dose of industrial-strenght, prescription-only, codeine based cough syrup (Hycodan); got some Tylenol extra-strenght severe cold medication; and armed myself with enough Ricola cough drops to keep a regiment of Alpine yodelers quiet during the performance.

I must say, there is nothing more mellow than to listen to a concert while high on extra-strenght codeine medication. I felt like the turles in "Finding Nemo." Duuuuuude! Just close your eyes and ride the wave.

(Tommy Chong would be so jealous!)

Encouraged by the fact that I wasn't coughing up a lung, and while we were out and about for the first time in days, we ended up at Maneki-Neko, our favorite sushi place. (BTW, they are now open on Sundays again. Hint, hint!) And because they open at 5, and we had some time to kill between the end of the performance and the time the restaurant opens, we stopped at G Street Fabrics, where I got some linen for the part of my 12th Night underskirt that will not be shown. Given that they were having a sale, I even got it at a decent price.

It was the best date we've had in a while, and I enjoyed it immensely. Then again, I enjoy anything that Ballistabob and I do together. He's the bestest husband ever!

On the other hand, as soon as we got home, I crashed and burned.

The thing about Hycodan is that it makes you feel like a million dollars while suppressing your cough. ("Of course!" says my doctor. "It's opium! You'd feel great! That's why you have to be careful with it!") The drawback is that once the effect wears off, you're on your own and reality checks in. And that's when I started coughing and sneezing again, not to mention shaking uncontrollably. I also started running a fever.

But it was worth it.

So today I'm not going anywhere. Instead, I'll just be back to sipping tea, sleeping, and perhaps doing some sewing. Tomorrow, I drag my butt to the doctor's office, possibly get some antibiotics, and get rid of this thing (hopefully) once and for all.

Here's to hope.



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Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
More help
If it's viral, get your hands on some Elderberry extract (the pure stuff) and put it in the tea 3 to 4 times a day. If it's bacterial, get oregino essential oil and do the same. Oh, and lots of garlic either way. Burn it out!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: More help
Thanks. It's most likely an infection. The way it works with me is that I get an asthmatic reaction which develops into a chest infection. :-(

Oregano is great. In Mexico we make it as a tea for bronchitis as well. And garlic is good for everything. I love garlic!
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: More help
"The way it works with me is that I get an asthmatic reaction which develops into a chest infection."
I do that as well, but codeine makes me feel like death warmed over. The oregano thing sounds quite interesting, though. And garlic is definitely good for pretty much everything.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Bronchitis and asthma just do NOT mix . . .

The reaction I have to codeine is that I'm out like a light. I used to take cough medicine with codeine when I was a kid (we found out years later that I had chronic bronchitis every winter, which probably contributed to the asthma I have now. Just peachy). It was actually over the counter in those days. Tasted like crap, but it was usually the only way I could sleep for the 3-5 weeks every winter when I was hacking up a lung.

Hope you feel better soon.

Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Codeine is a many splendored thing. The only thing that has kept me going. Sort of.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
"So,"*she wonders as she wheezes* "d'ya think I'd get the same results if I took a Percocet left over from my shoulder surgery with a dose of regular OTC cough medicine?"

Worth a try...where'd I put that medicine bottle?

(edited to change wa-a-ay too disgustingly cheerful userpic)

Edited at 2008-12-22 06:14 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Gah! That's a Mega-Tommy-Chong spectacular bomb!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
"Duuuuuude!" *blinks cheerfully*

But I finally can stop coughing. Now I am going to sleep. (I'd go to the doctor and get antibiotics if I thought they'd help however I'm pretty sure this is just a particularly nasty cold virus. Blerg. Sleep. Fluids.)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're feeling poorly. Hope you get better soon!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope so too. :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Suckage! (Although that cough syrup sounds like Teh Awesomesauce...)

Do you like baths? If so, draw yourself a bath as hot as you can stand it. Put in about 1/2 an ounce of powdered ginger, and then sit in it as long as you can stand it. Then wrap up in as many blankets as you have in the house and have a good sweat while you sleep. It won't cure you, but it can shorten the length of your illness.

I hope you feel better soon!
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The cough syrup is da bomb. :-)

I do like baths. I had never heard of putting powdered ginger in it, but it is worth a try. Thanks!
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