January 14, 2014

Thoughts From My Sickbed

Well, I hope that this doesn't signify the trajectory of my health this year, but I have been one sick puppy for the last few days. Fever, cough, phlegm, aches.... blegh. I still don't really know what kind of germs my immune system has been fighting, but my brainy P.A. sister's best guess was either bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. Pneumonia! Who gets that anymore? (My sister also asked if I could have somehow contracted tuberculosis, which she then ruled out, but still. Come on. Tuberculosis? Oh boy. Cough cough.)

Needless to say, I have barely moved from bed since Friday evening, and my mattress may now permanently have an indentation of my body curled up in the fetal position. Delightful! Like memory foam, only... sicker...

But fret not, People of the Interweb, for today is a new day, and I shall attempt to rejoin society with the aid of my trusty antibiotics. With my fever finally gone and my pallor slightly less ghostly, here are the lessons I have learned from my sickbed:

Netflix needs to improve its comedy section, or I need to revise my film preferences. I relied a lot on Netflix to provide some streaming movie entertainment while I pathetically shivered beneath my blankets, and for the most part, it served its purpose. I watched some silly movies that helped lighten the mood and provide a distraction from my TB cough, but I was underwhelmed with the selection. Most of the choices I had either already seen or didn't care to see. Netflix: Give me more good movies options, please!

Ginger ale and seltzer water always help. Even though I didn't have a stomach bug, there's something about carbonated beverages that make me feel better when I'm sick. I'm not sure why, but I'll just go with it. 

Having a view of the outside world can be cheery. I was stuck in pretty much the same position for about three days, but it was nice to get some natural light from our windows, and when the weather warmed up a little bit on Sunday and Monday, I even cracked the windows for some fresh air. Fresh air feels so cleansing, and I definitely believe that it helps lift morale, as well as filters in some clean, non-germy air. 

Comfort foods are nice, but veggies are healing. As much as I love a nice, crispy pizza or a giant bowl of mac & cheese, I really try to up my veggie intake when I'm sick. My immune system needs all the help it can get, and I feel more positive when I'm giving it things like sweet potatoes and broccoli. Of course, a chocolate chip cookie can't hurt, either. :)

We really need to clean off the top of that dresser. Seriously. I've been staring at the dresser that sits against the wall across from the bed for days now, and I have no choice but to confront the clutter that has accumulated there. A mirror that needs to be properly hung, a wash cloth that never found its way to the linen closet, assorted papers... it all must go!

And there you have it. My fever-assisted wisdom. Any nuggets of wisdom that you've collected? Any tips that help ease a bout with the plague? Let me know! And in the meantime... don't forget to

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