16 February 2014
Sick and tired
Don't worry, I'm not going to start complaining. ;) I'm literally sick and tired, having picked up what I assume to be a somewhat mild case of viral pneumonia somewhere along the way in the last few weeks. Who's to say where I got it from either, but it definitely was more than just your typical cold. Last night I woke up a few times, absolutely freezing, feeling like something was pushing down on my sternum with great force. It was really lovely, like the scene of Beth in Little Women when she gets scarlet fever. Throw in some bizarre dreams and you have a really great recipe for a good night's sleep!
Viral pneumonia apparently isn't as serious as its bacterial counterpart, which requires antibiotics to get rid of and can manifest itself much more seriously. For me, it's mild, and there are no medications I can take, so I've just been drinking lots of water and taking an aspirin here and there to keep the mild headache and fever at bay. Viral pneumonia is characterised by slow-onset symptoms of achiness, fatigue, cough, sometimes a sharp pain in the chest, the chills, sweatiness or clamminess, sometimes a light fever and headache. And honestly, I've got all that, yo. Or at least did, in turn, but my T-cells are obviously at the top of their game because it's moving right along.
I went out for a brief walk this morning (snapped the picture above), but felt exhausted so I didn't last too long. I'm telling myself that as much as I would like to be outdoors right now, soaking up this rare sunshine, I'm actually perfectly content to have a good excuse to stay in, rest up, and do nothing but watch movies and drink tea. It's a good excuse to get some writing done, or maybe some fun reading, which I've been far too wrapped up in other things to get on with.
Sometimes something that seems like a bummer is, in another light, a little bit of a blessing.
What do you do when you're home sick? Any favorite movies, books, or soups?