Waiting and Watching

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. ~Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

Shivering as the north wind howls

Ice clings to evergreen boughs

When will spring return?

 

March 20 or thereabouts

Don’t give it another doubt

This mess will melt soon!

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s COLD. Practically everywhere.

And while cold — and the misery it imparts — is relative, you know it’s cold when the weather folks start talking about a Polar Vortex and advising viewers to protect pets, pipes, and tender vegetation.

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Healing, Body and Spirit

Ever since I can remember, I’ve felt drawn to the South, especially during the long, cold, grey days of winter.

That pull has been exceptionally strong this year, when temperatures took an uncharacteristic early nosedive — and have yet to recover.

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Gaining on it!

Wow, what a difference a day makes! That, and some new medicine!

I know what I said yesterday — about staying home when you’re sick. I meant it. I probably should have qualified it, though, by saying, “Stay home IF you’re able to.” And I wasn’t. I had to have meds, and everything in my own stash had either expired or was for something other than the cold I have.

So no, I wasn’t trying to infect the rest of you! And in my defense, I did keep to myself and was only in there 10 minutes max. Hey, it takes that long to look over the various choices (all screaming, “Buy me! Buy me!”), read the indications, useage, and warnings on all the boxes, then play “Eeny, meeny, miney, moe” until you’ve got one left!

I purchased a box of non-drowsy Sudafed PE Triple Action, which promised it would get rid of my sinus headache, sinus pressure and congestion, and chest congestion. I figured if it could at least get rid of the headache, it would be worth its price in spades!

I took two caplets and, while I didn’t feel better instantly, it was pretty fast. The headache went away, I can breathe again, and I don’t feel like there’s cotton batting in my head! Of course, my nose is still runny, my eyes are watery, and I’m coughing and sneezing, but hey, this at least is manageable. Nor did I suffer any of the possible bad reactions, like nervousness, sleeplessness, or dizziness. How wonderful to find something that works for a change (thanks, McNeil!!)

On an unrelated note, both my Rebels and the Irish are active today. Ole Miss (5-3 overall) takes on Northern Arizona (also 5-3) at home in Oxford; Notre Dame (6-2 overall) hosts Navy (6-3) in South Bend. I’ll repeat my ongoing beef with televised coverage of college football match-ups — why can’t we watch the halftime shows??? These Band kids work as hard as the football players, yet the announcers are quick to come on and yak about statistics, replays, predictions, scores from other games, etc. I know it’s possible for them to put a small square in one corner of the screen and show the Band there, while still letting the announcers have their fun; so why don’t they do it?

Fighting a cold

I hate being sick!!

My Favorite Domer burned the candle at both ends when he first got to Notre Dame and wound up with a big-time cold. He felt rotten for a few days, but thank heaven, he’s young and strong, and his body quickly fought the virus off.

I didn’t catch his cold, but I caught somebody’s — and whoever you are, I’m NOT happy about it!

Why can’t you sick people stay home like all the health experts suggest? No, you’ve just got to run to the store, the shopping mall, church — everywhere but where you should be, which is safely tucked away in your home (or a doctor’s office). How can the rest of us stay healthy when you’re out spreading your germs, sneezing, coughing, sputtering, and all that? You’d think you’d want to stay home when you feel ill — I certainly do.

When I’m sick, don’t expect me to be out hunting bargains at the department stores; don’t expect me to “share” my germs with everybody else, hoping that, if I pass my illness on, I won’t have it any more.

Rather, you’ll find me taking it easy, sipping lots of water and hot tea, sucking on cough drops, making some chicken noodle soup (yes, it really works!), and getting more rest.

It’s inconvenient (at best) to have a cold. Your throat is scratchy, your nose is runny and stopped-up at at the same time, your head feels like it’s full of cotton. You can’t think clearly, let alone write coherently, and don’t even bother trying to balance your check book! I take care of myself — humidifier in bedroom, eat right, exercise, sleep, annual flu shot — but even people healthy as horses can’t always fight off germs that are blown right at them.

So the next time you’re sick, do the rest of us a favor and stay home. As for me, I’ll just take my crabby self back to bed!