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Friday, February 11, 2011

sick days = writing + puppy love

I mentioned that I've been sick.

Well, the fever-sleep-all-day part of the cold has been over for a week now, but what I'm left with is this horrendous cough! Talking seems to make it worse. Tuesday and Wednesday I was pretty much in a constant state of coughing fits during my meetings. I'll end up coughing so much that I cry/gag/vomit (TMI, sorry!!). Tea, cough medicine, and cough drops don't seem to help. And I keep waking myself up coughing!

Does this happen to anyone else? What do you do to try to keep from coughing?

I've decided to battle the cough by staying home and not talking. On the plus side, I have a lot of good solid time to write a paper revision and my dissertation. It also means more puppy LOVE! Poor Budz was trying to sleep and I attacked him with kisses (to which he responded by stretching and yawning in my face! LOL).

Hubby is on extra conversation duty because I'm just being a good listener right now. My friends have been told to text, not call. I'm supposed to lead a campus tour for a bunch of prospective new graduate students tomorrow. I'm going to practice my mime skills. Just kidding! I'm gonna talk and be friendly and probably hack up a lung. :D

I also bought this humidifier. Have any of you used one before? I have no idea if it's gonna help or if it will break (it was the only one available with my grocery delivery). I like that it has a spot for using essential oils. My room currently smells like the eucalyptus oil blend I got from Pharmaca (which I read is supposed to help my cough?). I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just trying anything and everything to make this cough go away (I used to get them for months at a time in college, and I just don't have time for that now)!


Cindi said... darn cute, Lori!!! Everytime I see Buddie's picture I feel all warm and fuzzy. I do hope you feel better though. The last time I got sick, I was hacking up a lungh as well.

Laura said...

Have you been tested for allergies or Asthma? Some forms of both can cause caughing. I have to dust my room at least twice a week and vacuum almost every day. Under the bed too. I also wash my curtains every month. If it gets to dusty I caugh all noght long. You and budz look so sweet together. Enjoy your time!

Inkmark said...

You and budz are so sweet together. I find that wearing a scarf and vest to keep back and throat area warm and drink warm water and soup helps relief coughing a bit. There is also the over the counter mucinex DM which is recommended by a co-worker's wife who is a doctor. Hope you get better soon.

Jessica said...

Awhhh, I hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than being sick. And I love my humidifier so I hope it helps you. Love the smell of eucalyptus too. YOur puppy is so cute!!

Melissa said...

You've gotta go see a doctor. It could be bronchitis, so just a simple pill could get rid of it, or it could be a really minor version of asthma. I know it's following a cold but both of these things could be due to a cold. Can't hurt to have it checked out, at the very least.

Hope you're all better soon!

Jamie - Thrifty Threads said...

This is a few days late, but I hope you're starting to feel better, Lori. I was always the student who would launch into full-fledged coughing fits in the middle of a professor's lecture. So I completely empathize!

At least Budz is getting even more cuddle time : )

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