Not the World’s Greatest Patient

I have been down with the flu since last Wednesday and I feel miserable. Before we continue…yes, It’s just the flu. When I get sick, I run through all the symptoms in a crazy orderly fashion. Meaning, I will wake up with a sore throat and it will last a day before moving on to something else or I get it all at once in an epic mad rush 24-hour time frame only to wake up the next morning feeling 100% again. Sickness likes to screw with me.

It’s always been that way. When the mumps made its way through our house, my brother got it on one side, my sister on the other and I was the poor unfortunate soul that got the double whammy…I was 6 years old. I was always a little on the plump side, but having the mumps made me look like a greedy chipmunk getting ready for a long winter.

The next year, I came down with a case of Scarlet Fever, yay me. Totally nasty, but I survived. The only thing is that when I get a fever, I have to be careful because it can go high. Most people get a fever over 101 and they are heading towards the doctor’s office, I can be walking around at 103 and just feel warm. I remember one time my sister almost hopped into the car one late night to come get me in Baltimore because I told her my temperature was over 102. I had to remind her it was normal and to stay home. Thankfully, it broke overnight, and I was able to talk to her before she showed up on my doorstep.

What makes you feel better when you get sick? I am not talking about medicine; I am talking about those little comforts that your mom did you for or you do for yourself now. I am a big fan of grilled cheese, tomato soup and game shows. My mother would have the little portable television set up and bring me lunch as I watched The Price is Right and all the other shows. She always had cream soda for me. There is no scientific proof that cream soda heals anything, but it always made me feel better, so I am convinced it has medicinal properties somewhere.

When I was 24 my mother and stepfather took a vacation to Florida. I woke up one Sunday morning to find 3 strange blemishes near my neck. I drove to church and went hunting for our friend, Dr. Otto. We sang in the choir together and I was youth leader to his kids. There we were, standing in the coatroom with my shirt collar pulled back so he could see. He told me to go home…I had the chickenpox. The chickenpox at 24!!!!! WTH?!?!?!?! He told me to stop at the store to pick up some oatmeal so I could throw it into a sock and make a loofah out of it to soothe the pox. I also picked up some junk food and cream soda. Turns out, I picked up the pox from the neighbor kids I drove to Youth Group. When they say it’s harder to get as an adult…they are telling the truth!!

So, why am I not a great patient? I hate to be cooped up inside doing nothing. I get irritable very fast. I slept most of Wednesday and Thursday this week. I hate to sleep for too long. I like sleep, don’t get me wrong, but too much and I want to pull my hair out. Neil, on the other hand, can sleep 24/7 and be perfectly fine. He has been home sick with me and all he has done is sleep. He wakes up occasionally to take meds, look at his phone and eat, but other than that…snoozeville.

By Friday, I was still down, but totally bored. So, I turned to watching movies. I took a trip down memory lane on Disney+. It started with “Christopher Robin” and then I hit some of the 1970’s classics I grew up with on Sunday nights. “Escape to Witch Mountain” and “Candleshoe” and the horrible 1978 sequel, “Return to Witch Mountain”. Then to make it all complete…last night I watched The Rock in “Race to Witch Mountain.” Wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I’m telling you right now, if I still feel bad this afternoon, you will find me riding the stagecoach with “The Apple Dumpling Gang”. All I need is some cream soda, grilled cheese and tomato soup.

***Question for the comments…What little comforts make you feel better when you are sick? What is your favorite food when you are sick?

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