Do you remember in July when I got so sick and went to the Dr 3 times with a sore throat and ear ache? And that I didn't think I'd ever get over it?
About 10 days ago, I woke up one morning and realized my throat felt really sore. I took a flashlight to look at my throat and couldn't see anything unusual, but I started the gargling with salt water routine. I even bought some chewable Zicam (which made my throat burn).
This went on for about a week. It didn't get any worse and there were no other symptoms so I thought I probably had a plugged salivary gland that was making it feel like my throat was sore.
I got up one morning and didn't have any more sore throat!! I had really been getting depressed over the whole thing, remembering how bad it was in July, so I was so happy that it was gone!
Then about two days ago, my throat felt dry and raspy. I still couldn't see anything wrong with my throat but started gargling again. By yesterday morning, I knew I had a cold. I had gone through two of Dan's big, red hankies and 3 of my "women's" hankies. I had a nasty head ache most of the day, my nose was plugged to the point that I could barely swallow without plugging up my ears and my chest was very congested. Dan knew I didn't feel good when I told him at 10:30 a.m. that I was going back to bed.
I started on the Zicam again (this time it didn't bother my throat) and tried to hold my head still to keep it from exploding. Last night seemed to go on forever. My headache finally went away but my whole face felt like someone had punched me in the nose. I seriously thought that when I got up this morning and ventured a look in the mirror that my face would be swollen with various shades of black and blue. Dan said at one point last night he sat up in bed to see if I was alive because he couldn't hear me breathing at all.
So morning finally came and my headache was back. I took a couple more Advil gel caps and came out to the living room, covered up with a blanket and sat and waited for the pounding to go away. The congestion mainly is in my chest right now and I can breath through my nose again (which wasn't swollen or black and blue!). But my voice sounds like Mickey Mouse with a sore throat...so needless to say I'm not talking too much! Every time I do, Dan laughs at me!
Sunday starts our 4 days off and we are supposed to have beautiful weather up till Thanksgiving day. I think Sunday will be grocery/errand day and Monday I hope we can go to the NW corner of Georgia. There are a few battlefields there that we haven't visited before.
Dan wants to get himself a better camera. When I got my Fuji, I gave him my Olympus. It is a nice camera but it has one BAD feature...a delayed reaction. By the time you press the shutter button half way to get the settings and get it focused and then press the shutter button the rest of the way, it take forever for it to actually take the shot. Dan doesn't want one with a lot of bells and whistles but he wants one with more zoom and one that responds when ya push the shutter button. I found a nice Fuji for him that is plain and simple, or you can monkey around with the settings if you want to. So if the local Wal-Mart has that camera, we'll probably get it for him on Sunday.
While I was sitting here this morning under the blanket, I noticed two doe on the hill outside the window. It was foggy so it would have been a nice shot (in more ways than one!!). Dan was "upstairs" in the bedroom and I tried to "yell" at him to let him know about the deer but all that came out was a faint squeak (due to my cold). He had a buck surprise him yesterday when he went for a walk, so he's got the fever and nothing he can do about it!
Hope all is well with you!!
- Cathy Clementz