Thursday, January 04, 2007

Monkey On My Back!

It was such a lovely Spring day here in the great state of Maine...what? Oh, it's January. Well, excuse me! It's fifty degrees, for crying out loud! How am I supposed to keep track of the seasons when the warm breezes are a-blowin' and the grass is still green in places? Cut me some slack.

Where was I? Oh, yeah...the warmth. I couldn't quite seem to get a handle on why I was so darned chilly all day. I chalked it up to the watery blood of the aged and went merrily on with my routine.

My knees, hips, elbow and other assorted joints were a bit on the achy side. Well, again: I'm hobbling towards the golden years. And the workouts have been filled with great gusto of late, what with my holiday fudge guilt and all. Who wouldn't be a little sore?

And the headache? Hey, I teach, for goodness sake! Who wouldn't have a throbbing noggin after hearing for the umpty-gajillionth time that you are the most unfair person to ever walk this planet?

There was the itchy feeling in the throat, but that could easily be chalked up to some sort of fruit allergy. I've been eating fruit steadily for three days now as part of the salute to healthy eating. I am not set up for the fruit eating. I am clearly having some sort of reaction to it. That's all...

But wait! What was that? Did you hear that? There it was again! It's...it's...a sneeze!!!

Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I've been pretty lucky so far during this school year. I had one brush with the snufflies back in the early Fall, but that was it. Every other precursor to misery was quickly fought off by my ever alert squadron of white blood cells and the added defenses of my flu shot. I was feeling a little on the "invincible" side.

Bad call.

Thanks to a couple of student absences, I was able to leave the classroom in the capable hands of my staff and head home a bit early. Knowing that the last workout of the week was going to be a washout, I stocked up on flavored water and a nice, big turkey sub on the way home. Protein is your friend when you are feeling punk, you see. I was home while the sun still shone, wrapped in flannel p.j.'s and clenching a thermometer between my chattering teeth. Happily, the temp. was just under 100 which is workable for me. And it's dropped since then, so we are thinking this is not a return of the dreaded '06 Monkey Pox.

The whole "laying on the couch and seizing from fever" experience has left me with a paralyzing fear of sickness and the like. I'm probably a bit prone to the over-reacting at this point, I suppose. But, 5 months of Monkey Pox/pneumonia was memorable. And not in the scrapbooking kind of way. The kind that lets you see long-gone childhood pets gamboling in the light at the end of the tunnel and then affords you the opportunity to write many, many checks to doctors whom you never actually saw in person.

So, I'm taking it a bit on the easy side for the next couple of days. I'm planning on going in to work tomorrow, but will head home early. Other than a visit with The World's Greatest Stylist on Saturday morning to deal with the hair that wants to be twenty-something again, I'm planning on a quiet weekend. I'm guessing that there will also be some progress on sock #2. I'll have some time on my hands, after all.

Me 'n The Monkey will be in for the weekend.

SA

17 comments:

Julie said...

This weather certainly is crazy - not that I'm complaining. I could handle green grass and 50 degree temps all winter!

Hope you are feeling your old sheepish self again real soon. Did I say "old"? I didn't mean old, really, I didn't.

Jeanne said...

Oh, dear. I've had Monkey Pox before (rather, pneumonia) and I'm prone to bronchitis. It's no fun. Bundle up on the couch with a good book, warm cats, and some healthy knitting and r-e-l-a-x. Hope you feel better soon!

How funny. My secret word was "plyfknzl". It sounds like something dirty to me...

trek said...

Sheepie! You must live in flannel pj's from now until Monday morning. Drink lots of fluids. Rest often. Nap, even. Do not go out at all. Okay, you may go see Amy on Saturday morning but then it is straight back to the flannel pjs and the couch with a hot up of tea and a nice fuzzy blanket.

- Mommy trek

TheAmpuT said...

Know what? I never have anything witty or interesting to say after reading your posts, so I don't say anything at all. But I just love reading your blog, and I wanted you to know ;-)

Denise said...

What the AmpuTeeHee said!

I've been lurking about here ever since I got a link to your blog from Cathy a couple weeks ago. Love your blog!

Beth said...

I was thinking you might even want to skip your hair appointment. Hopefully you'll feel totally great by Saturday AM.

mehitabel said...

Please feel better! I've been fighting the Sinuses From Hell and haven't even had the energy to knit--now, that's a sick puppy! (Apologies to the cats.) We have green grass and dry winds, little bit of rain today--might actually go up to 1/10th of an inch, oh no, storm watch! severe weather alert! the sky is falling!
And you're not old. Cause if you're old, I'm prehistoric. And contrary to what my kidlets think, I did NOT ride a dinosaur to school!

Anonymous said...

WATCH OUT! There is this cold/sinus thing that sneaks up on you and then whacks you repeatedly in the head until you are sore from head to toe and can do nothing but blow your nose, cough up a lung and sip juice. It lasts for weeks. Guess how I know...
Feel better!
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Lorraine said...

Healing prayers heading your way from MN. Can you get home in time for Knitty Gritty?

Anne said...

I hope you just have a passing cold bug and not this horrible thing that goes on for weeks. I would give my left kidney for a full night of sleep without the coughing, stuffy head, blah blah blah thing. Feel better!

CursingMama said...

You'd think all that damn fruit would've had enough vitamin c to prevent something like this.

Hope the cats don't take up more than their fair share of the couch this weekend & you feel better soon.

Annie said...

Oooh, I hope you feel better. Do you take echinacea? My whole family takes it during the "winter" season to build up our immunities against those nasty school germs.

Take it easy this weekend!

debsnm said...

I'm so sorry you're feeling badly! Too bad it's not snowing at your house - like it has been here! It's awful to be sick when it's sun-shiny outside! We've had 4 straight days of sun shine, but it's supposed to snow again tonight, and I'm not taking it well.

Debby said...

I hope you feel back to your sheepy self soon. In the meantime, enjoy your socks and a weekend in your pjs!

Debbie said...

I'm with Cursingmama, I think your fruit is slacking off in the vitamin department. Hope you're feeling better!

As for the weather, it's very warm this winter here in Europe so far, too. My latitude is about even with Winnipeg, but everything's green and even the compost worms are lively and wriggling (not what you expect in January, trust me).

Lazuli said...

Rest up and I hope you feel better soon! Maybe the warmer weather will help keep sickness at bay.

Diana said...

Rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat vitamin C by the handful and then knit the day away.