The Lost Weekend

13 Nov

I went into the weekend with such high hopes:

  • a grading day on Friday
  • the Portland Book Festival on Saturday
  • a Remembrance Day concert on Sunday
  • book club on Monday

But a tickle started in my throat on Thursday morning. By Friday I had sniffles, so I stopped on the way home from school and loaded up on cold meds. I figured that, well-medicated, I could make it to the Portland Book Festival the next morning.

I sprang from bed Saturday morning and optimistically jumped into the shower, then got ready. for the big day. Before the coffee had brewed I knew it was hopeless. Saturday had brought on the facial pain in my sinuses and I knew I shouldn’t be out in public spreading germs – I had just read two books on the 1918 flu pandemic, after all! So, while friends listened to authors, I snuggled on the sofa with my dog, a box of kleenex, and a cup of tea. As colds went, this wasn’t the worst I’d ever had, but it had me feeling so very tired. I just wanted to sleep.

It was a good call because, though still cloudy headed, I made it to the Remembrance Day concert, entitled They Are At Rest. I wasn’t 100%,  but the facial pain was gone. I was tired and the goldfish bowl about my head was still there, but I was able to enjoy the music nonetheless.

Monday was a get-well bonus day. Although I felt even better, I decided to miss book club in order to keep any lingering germs to myself. I still felt super tired and wanted to get a good night’s rest before going back to school this morning.  This was a tough call because I can’t make the December meeting.

So, here I sit, Tuesday morning, battle-scarred but ready to face the challenges of a four-day week at school. Bring it on!


7 Responses to “The Lost Weekend”

  1. margaretsmn November 13, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    I have been battling a cold turned sinus infection for 2 and 1/2 weeks. I’m on a second round of antibiotics. I will take a day off and then go again. I just can’t totally stop. I hope yours doesn’t linger like mine has. I’m not going to give you any advice because I could write a book on all the advice I’ve gotten. Just pay attention to your body. You’ll know what to do (or not do).

  2. jumpofffindwings November 13, 2018 at 7:48 am #

    I love the description of “the goldfish bowl about my head.” I’ll bet you smiled when you wrote that one down, so apt. (I’m borrowing it!) I actually wrote a bit about being sick, too. Talk about an experience that generates compassion. Glad you’re feeling better.

  3. Emily Culbertson November 13, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    The tickle…it’s tricky, that one.

    I’m glad you are on the mend with a pretty quick turn around. The shorter weeks usually make me so tired! I don’t really understand why.

    “I had just read two books on the 1918 flu pandemic, after all!” made me laugh. It’s true, our reading worlds can influence our real world and our reactions to everyday things.

  4. Angelina November 13, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Everyone around me has been sick! Hoping not to catch it. But, I like the positive take you have on it. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

  5. Akilah November 13, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    I love that part of what influenced your decision to stay home was reading two books about the flu pandemic of 1918. Sooooo relatable. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Stacey Shubitz November 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    A get-well bonus day sounds like it was well deserved!

  7. Brian Rozinsky November 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    If reading about flu pandemic can exert debilitating power of suggestion, might I suggest alternative wellness texts for coming weeks? 😉 Feel (even) better soon!

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