I had so much planned for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend — so many things to get done before December. Then came the sore throat, the stuffy head, the fever, the chills, the body aches and pains. So, my weekend was blown. Since Friday I’ve been huddled indoors coughing and blowing my nose. It has been a most unpleasant holiday weekend. And the whole time I’m thinking of all the stuff I haven’t been able to complete.
Sure, I’ve tried to get some things done, but I have found that is nearly impossible. My head hurts too much to get any reading done and my body is too weak to accomplish much else. It requires all of my reserve energy to take the dog out to the bathroom two or three times per day. People keep telling me to rest and drink liquids, but that isn’t much consolation when you’ve been robbed of the only legitimate 4-day weekend of the entire year.
Everytime I feel this way I bemoan the fact that with all the science, progress and innovation in the world that we are still unable to cure a simple cold. Is it a cold? Is it the flu? I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is that I feel like crap and that no doctor on the planet can help me feel better. I used to waste the energy to seek out medical treatment for this type of thing, but after 20 odd years of trying I have given up. Medical doctors are about as helpful when you are sick as talking to a cab driver — plus you have their exorbitant fees (and the inconvenience) to put up with for them to say “There is not a lot I can do. Go home and rest.”
Regardless of how much I despise being ill, I am trying to find anything positive in the experience. One big plus from the weekend is the discovery of Mark Kozelek. While watching Steve Martin’s new film Shopgirl, I noticed this amazing touring band in many scenes called “Hot Tears.” So I went to talk to my good friend Google and discovered that this band does not even exist. I was, like, totally sad. But then I found this Kozelek guy and the bands he has been in before (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) and was happy to know I could go buy some of his awesome songs.
I am also hoping to lose some weight while sick, since I’m eating roughly 1/3 of what I normally would in a day. That would be a major consolation prize for a week of illness. Please pray for me and send healthy vibes. Peace!