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Paying the Price

I had two wonderful days, Thursday and Friday, out and about all day in this wonderful Kuwait weather. Saturday was out again for a short time with Adventure Man and felt a tickle in my throat. No big deal, I figure it is just allergies, or the change in seasons; I drank some ginger tea and figured that would be the end of it.

Wrong!

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Yesterday, it was hanging on, getting stronger. Here come the sneezes, the swollen sinuses, the watery bleary eyes, the sneezing and the coughing. Having a cold totally grosses me out. I’m not a person who gets dramatically and romantically ill, lying beautifully in bed while people bring me hot drinks and speak to me in soft voices. I look terrible! I want this cold gone now! I’ve upped the arsenel to Strepticils, Zinc tablets, Cranberry juice and antihistimines. It doesn’t matter; I am a wreck.

I’m better during the day, it’s night time that gets me – I wake up choking and coughing, my sinuses hurt, my nose is running. . . and I sleep fitfully, with weird dreams, so sometimes I can’t tell if I am dreaming or awake.

The Qatteri Cat faithfully follows me everywhere I go. I am sleeping in the guest bedroom so Adventure Man doesn’t have to suffer through this with me, but QC just makes comforting noises and snuggles up to me.

I have a lot to do this week. Please keep me in prayer for a speedy recovery!

November 12, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Marriage

13 Comments »

  1. Get well soon 😀

    Oh, and drink lots of fluids.

    Comment by kinano | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. Get well sooon!!!!! Like Kinano said, drink lots of fluids (good ones ;p) and stay well rested 🙂

    Comment by Chirp | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. Salamaat 😀

    There’s a terrible bug going around this year; almost 90% of people in my office took at least 2 sick days off in October.

    I always wondered what’s the best way to combat Mr Flu Bug: Get plenty of rest or be active.

    Whenever my dad so much as only sneezes, he takes a week off work, stays in bed and every 5 minutes screams out loud, “Oh Gooooooooood” (he says it in Farsi so it’s hilarious:) The house will be soaked in the funny smell his array of herbal drinks gives off, and for some reason he refuses to comb his hair 😀

    Now, whenever my mom gets sick…well actually noone in the house has any idea when she becomes sick and when she recovers; she never rests. She says that’s why she recovers fast; she drinks and eats all the right stuff and stays active. Of course that was in the past, when she had the energy; these days she too gets her rest.

    I take after my father…always have 😀

    *prays for a speedy recovery*

    Ohhhhh can we hear about those weird dreams ;p

    Comment by Mirror Polisher | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. hope you get better soon sweetheart :/

    Comment by Chika | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. Godspeed, Seattle mama! We have you in our prayer.
    In your situation the further away you stay from Qatari cat ( for now) the better it’s going to be all round.

    And you must consume chicken soup twice a day. It isn’t for no reason they call it chicken soup for “the out and about in the nippy weather ” soul. Antihistamines, Zinc and Vit. C are fine but remember to pop your Zinc + Vit. C supplement with a glass of cold water on an empty stomach. Other than that, plenty of hydration with warm fluids and staying in bed, should suffice. I don’t know about you but whenever I am feeling under the weather I always like to kiss the internet and the telly goodbye till I am completely back on my feet again.

    Comment by Just What the Doctor Ordered | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thank you, Kinan – I will do that.

    Thank you, Chirp, I really want to get well fast!

    Mirror – LLLOOOOLLLL. For me, it helps to laugh. I can do what your Mom does, but I pay a price – the cold hangs on. Thanks be to God, I don’t often catch anything. And I am like a sick cat, I just crawl off and hide.

    Chika, you are so kind to stop and comment in the midst of your own grief. Thank you, sweetie.

    BL – that’s you, isn’t it? I have to laugh – try telling that to QC! He thinks his job is to cuddle up and keep me warm. I find it comforting.

    I looked for Chicken soup! I’m a believer! I’ve let out stock dwindle, somehow. Maybe AM can bring me some. And thanks for the info on the zinc and vitamins with cold water and empty stomach – I didn’t know that.

    Yeh, I need to be better quickly, and I am spending a lot of time just sleeping or trying to sleep. Thanks for your good information!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. Oh, now that the weather is getting so much better it would be a shame to get sick! I honestly hope you get better very soon! 🙂 Take a vacation, that always does wonders! :p

    Comment by N. | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  8. 😦 That’s the pits!! I hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by global gal | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  9. N. – I like your advice . . . . a vacation! Sounds good to me!

    thank you, Global Gal, and I am actually feeing human once again today! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 13, 2007 | Reply

  10. hey i share the same saddining story as yours..I sometimes feel to remove my nose.No tensions lolsssssss

    Comment by sweetnothings | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  11. LLOOLL! Welcome, sweetnothings. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  12. i hope you feel better, oh and by the way, you might have swine-09, a lot of kids at my office have it,

    Comment by FunnyGal123 | November 17, 2009 | Reply

  13. You know, Funny Girl, I wrote this post two years ago, but I always seem to get this same cold in November. It feels a whole lot like allergies. I am just getting over it now, but it is definitely worse after I have been outside. I am betting that the wind has shifted and is bringing dust in from somewhere I am allergic to.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 17, 2009 | Reply


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