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Friday, March 13, 2009

Wrapped In A Whine

The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.
Jessamyn West

I was thinking only a couple of days ago how lucky I had been to not be sick the entire winter. I should know better, I really should. If you think it, it will come. And it did. I awoke Thursday morning with 'the thing' that everyone has had this winter.

Nothing is more pathetic and self-absorbing than a person (me) who is unwell. I walk about with shuffling feet and stooped shoulders, wearing an expression of deep misery. If I had a fainting couch, I'm sure I'd use it.

I have to work today, there is not a choice. Which will lead to further whining on my part. Could be the whine heard round the world. Of course, we have been in the deep-freeze for a couple of days and now it's supposed to warm up. Great.

In the meantime, I eat my chicken soup, laced with pepper sherry, take my wide array of supplements, as well as my cold medicine and try to get as much rest as possible. Poor, poor me!

When I will feel better, I'll be so happy and grateful for my wellness and quickly forget how illness feels. I wish I could hold on to that marvelous feeling you have the first day you feel well. If that were possible, I believe I could conquer the world. Right now I'd be hard-pressed to conquer the walk to the barn! 


  1. Dear Sandra,

    So sorry you are sick. I am hoping that we stay well this winter, it is hard to avoid the flu/cold thing in cold weather. One thing that I love to sip when I am feeling fluey is a tonic of 1/3 ginger juice, 1/3 lemon juice and 1/3 honey (you can add a splash of rum if you like, which I do : ) It has a bite to it but it is very soothing, at least I think so : ) The best way to juice ginger that I found is to just grate a bunch of it and squeeze the pulp. If it is well washed and scrubbed you don't have to peel it completely. I do hope you feel better!!!!


  2. Sorry, no sympathy. I am far too busy feeling sorry for myself. We have the most awful thing that is just making us short & snappy with each other ~ sore throats, raging headache. I'm about to take me & my woes to bed. I hope you feel better soon.

  3. Put some garlic in your soup and take some astragulus. I use astragulus all winter to keep my immune system up to par. Hope you feel better soon.

  4. Ashley, thank you for the sympathy & the tonic. I can imagine the bite!

    Ganeida, I think you need my sympathy. I know it's been wet and humid and a summer cold can be the worst.

    I love garlic, so I will do that. Thanks. I don't know astragules. I do take echinacea, is it similar?

  5. tell everyone "welcome to the w(h)ine country" and have a hot toddy. :-) the weekend is upon us!

    hope you're feeling better soon!

  6. Oh no! Not YOU, too! What a miserable lot we are. The whole situation is so pathetic that is is (almost) laughable. I would recommend complaining to your boss and maybe you will get sent home early. (rolls eyes) Mine is a real hardhead.

  7. OK, let me get this straight. I need to have a little rum & a toddy with my w(h)ine. Toss in some ginger and garlic. I think being sick doesn't sound too bad!

    Jean, your boss may be hardheaded, but mine is loopy. And she's whining and doesn't want to go back to work. Oh, I guess that's me! I do have Deb helping me, thankfully.

  8. Oh that sucks you didn't kick this with some sleep!

    Try emergen-C too. It can be found at cub, target, wal-mart. I have had great cold turn-around time with it.

  9. I am also feeling like a cold is coming on today... starting to get a sore throat and stuffy nose... headache... *sigh* but I know what you mean about the 1st day you fell completely well again! It's like I never want to take advantage of feeling well ever again!

  10. I'm feeling better tonight. It must be the garlic and libations. : O

    Kacie, feel better and appreciate it for more than one day when you do!


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