Being Sick & Good that Comes With It

For the past three weeks or so, Ash has been sick with some cold/illness/death/plague that has finally started to give her a break only to jump to me as host. I am now laid up in bed, too sick to stand, and coughing too much to talk. So I shall blog.

Here is a list of my favorite things to do while sick that generally perk me up and help me get through the whole thing faster.

1. Sleep

Normally I feel guilty if I take a nap in the middle of the day, but when I’m sick, it’s generally all I want to do. Not that I don’t still feel guilty about it, but at least other people don’t get as irritated with a sick person that sleeps like they would if a perfectly normal and healthy person wants to catch a few Zzzs when they have time. Which still isn’t fair, but ah well. Sleep is good. And good for a sick person.

2. Watch TV

I’m not a big TV-watcher. I make up for my lack of big-screen watching with staring at my computer for hours on end, but when I’m sick, sometimes the mind-numbing effects of a stupid TV show or a no-brain movie can be comforting. You don’t have to think or move or type or work; all you have to do is keep your eyes open. Sometimes I even fail at that, but it’s no big deal because nobody will bother you about resting your tired eyes (see point #1).

3. Be Pampered

I’m a big baby when I’m sick. A lot of the time I’ll fight whoever is trying to make me take care of myself and pretend I’m fine and that I don’t want anyone to take care of me, but I do secretly like being pampered and tucked in and fed soup and tea and, basically, being treated like an invalid. Sometimes you just need that, you know?

4. Reading

Reading is one of my biggest passions, but I rarely ever get to do it. Lately, because I’ve been sick, I’ve been devouring book after book and rediscovering how much I love to read. There’s just something about getting sucked into a good book – you don’t have to be yourself anymore. You can be any character in any world and you don’t have to be sick and laid up in bed. You can leave everything behind. It’s an escape.

5. Ignore Everything

If you’re like me, you almost always have a large list of to-do items. When you’re sick, everything on that list can wait (okay, almost everything – you can’t exactly put off bills or someone’s wedding or use the coupons that expire tomorrow), and nobody is going to say otherwise. You’re sick – how can anyone expect you to be competent enough to code an entire calendar in CSS or create a design for a photoblog when you can’t even brush your own teeth? Need ideas on how to ignore everything? Please see the four previous points.

I’m sure there are more things that could be added to this list (and if you think of any – let me know), but I am far to sick, dehydrated, and completely out of it to really type anymore. I think I’m going to go crawl into bed, turn the TV on, grab a book, have someone make me soup, and ignore everything.

That’s one thing you can still do while sick – multitask.

On Being Sick (Ick).

I’ve been pretty sick the last few days. And when I’m sick, I turn into a horrible, fiery, raging war, demon-monster with hair sticking straight up and eyes beaming out red lasers at anything and anyone that’s in my way. Swear to god. I hate being sick and I hate it even more when people attempt to fuss over me. Which makes me seem like an ungrateful witch, but when I’m sick, I like to pretend that I’m not and that I’m really Super Woman and I can do anything. So when people treat me like I’m sick, my stubborn ass does a 180 and I push myself so hard to be normal, that I make myself even sicker.

Which is why I’m still sick and I’m currently laying in bed trying not to throw up. Still. I wish I could just blame it all on my compromised immune system, but I know that I’m just hurting myself by not just acting like I should and be sick.

Because I was such a wench to her yesterday when she was just trying to take care of me, I promised Ash that I would take it easy and stay in bed today and let her pamper me. So we cuddled in bed and watched Charmed when we woke up and now she’s working on her rates for her pet business. She does pet sitting, training, photography, adoption counseling, and puppy-proofing, and she has her first potential client. I’m so proud of her for getting everything set up. I was helping her research which is why she gave me my computer (I’m trying to stay off of it today since it kind of makes me sicker), but since there isn’t much I can do while she figures it all out, I thought I’d blog.

One thing about being sick is that it’s helping me with one of my New Year’s resolutions: read more books. I’m currently reading A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle, who happens to be one of my all-time favorite authors. Troubling A Star is my favorite of her books, followed closely by my current read, and then Many Waters. Of course, A Wrinkle in Time will always hold a special spot being the first I ever read. But I love her books. They’re just classics. Anyway, yes, I’m reading more and it’s good. I should finish knitting my gloves, but even that makes me tired lately. Why do you always have to be tired when you’re sick?

I hate being sick.

Fluff between my Ears.

Zoning out is a usual occurrence for me, but today it’s been ten times worse because of all the fluff that was stuffed into my ears when I was looking the other way. Really. I feel like my whole head is being covered by a pillow and the person smothering me with it is purposefully shoving down on my cheeks. Just kill me and get it over with.

I’m having a hard time even writing this because I cannot pay attention (or spell – I just wrote atetentoin) and my eyes keep unfocusing. I slept a lot today but I’m still just out of it. Everything is fuzzy.

I have totally lost any point this post might have had. It’s taking too long to write these few short sentences. Agh. Here have a picture.

Sisters

My fifteen year old sister and myself, being silly. Not silly, I mean cool. Yeah, cool. Okay good night.