The speed and severity of… whatever this was, was pretty impressive. I am still trying to shake off the cough and congestion from last week, and tonight just added insult to injury. This was another one of those “I think my body is breaking down” moments.
I got sick a few days ago, and this thing has stayed around. Usually, I’m only sick for a brief while… but whatever I have has settled into a cough tha just doesn’t want to go away.
I could feel myself getting less useful, the longer I sat. And though there’s a part of me that feels like I should still be working, I knew I couldn’t work another full day. So I climbed in bed, put on a movie, and napped off and on.
Stayed home today because I started to get sick at work yesterday… and it just got progressively worse and worse. My goal was to attend a few meetings in the morning remotely, then take a sick day.
There’s a particular strand of muscles, located somewhere near/beneath my right pectoral. I don’t even know how to describe it, as it feels like it’s buried inside my chest. But every time I cough or sneeze, that thing lights up like a Christmas tree.
After a brief debate between Sudafed and DayQuil, I opted for the Sudafed. With a coffee chaser.
The day started off with a stuffy nose, which possibly could have been due to allergies. By mid-afternoon, I was sniffling non-stop, and was pretty convinced I had caught the bug that’s been going around.
I’ve been doing the NyQuil/DayQuil seesaw routine now for over 24 hours. It’s just barely enough to knock me out for the night, and has kept me somewhat comfortable during the day.
One disturbing thing is that I haven’t been able to taste much of anything, the last few days. I know it’s related to whatever is going on with this cold (sinus infection?), but if it doesn’t improve over the weekend… I guess I need to go see someone officially about that.
Yesterday, I took the day off of work figuring I could rest up. As it turns out, I got worse as the day continued. Liz told me this is the same arc she experienced, a few days being in the “slightly sick” stage, and then a surprising downward turn. Despite me riding a constant see-saw of NyQuil and DayQuil, yesterday evening had me feeling more out of sorts than I’d been the last few days.
In the evenings are usually the worst, when I’m on my back. The coughing gets much more pronounced, and when we go to bed… lately I’ve been coughing so much, I’ve been shaking the bed. Which results in Liz not getting a good night’s sleep, either.
During the days, Liz and I have gotten in the habit of taking naps. We both get an ok amount of sleep at night, but I’ve been going back to bed around noon for a few hours. Yesterday was pretty funny, as Liz and I were almost rotating shifts in bed – I got up around 5PM, and she then went and took a nap until around 7PM or so.
I ended up calling in sick to work today. Around 11:00 AM, Liz and I rolled out of bed and made our way to the grocery store. We got a few supplies.