I have succumbed.
For the past week I have watched as both of my children and my parents have suffered with a cold. Cheeky, in particular, has had it bad as he has been plagued (hmm, bad choice of word?) with a hacking cough. It has kept both him and us up for a few nights, which probably didn’t help Husband and I to fight off the virus ourselves. Handsome had a couple of days off school last week as he was feeling under the weather with his cold and cough although Cheeky soldiered through and made it into school every day (he didn’t want to stay home – he’s very much like me in that he’s afraid that he might miss out on something exciting!).
Yesterday morning then, I woke up with the tell tale heavy feeling in my head and a sniffly nose which inevitably heralds a few days of feeling very sorry for myself! Despite this, and with a (thermos) cup of tea in hand, I manfully (why not womanfully? Hmm, my vocabulary today really leaves something to be desired!) ploughed my sneezing and streaming-eyed way into work. Even more than this, I went shopping after work with my best friend Maria which I enjoyed despite my thick head! And I bought my happy shoes! Yay! Photos to follow!
However, I paid the price for my afternoon of retail therapy – by the time I got home I was feeling really sick and retreated to the sofa to watch Strictly Come Dancing whilst wrapped up in a blanket. My husband had made vegetable curry for tea (he really is being very helpful with my weight loss quest in terms of the food he puts in front of me!) which, due to his adding a little too much liquid was almost a vegetable curry soup! However, I managed to work up an appetite by about 9.30pm and had a bowlful – it was delicious and just what I had been craving all day. I was in bed by 10pm and would have slept all night through had it not been for a very sad Cheeky appearing at just after midnight, coughing violently and crying because he couldn’t stop. Half an hour of cuddles, medicine, chocolate (it works wonders for both soothing throats and morale!) and loving later and he went back to bed and I sank into another comalike sleep until 7am when I was roused by the same little Cheeky coughing discreetly whilst lying next to me to get my attention!
I have had a cup of health-restoring tea this morning so far, and I am in eager anticipation of a home cooked lunch at my mother-in-law’s house later on. However, the reason for my writing to you about the symptoms of my cold were to forewarn you that I may be a little lax on the posting front over the next few days. At the moment I am sitting in bed, enjoying Sunday morning laziness and so it isn’t too much of an effort to tippety tap away on the computer. However, from tomorrow when I actually have to get constructive things done I think that I may find lucid thought (which is generally helpful when trying to achieve a readable blog!) harder work, so you might not hear from me as much as usual for a few days. However, I will try to find a few minutes to write some posts to time-delay-publish so that you don’t feel too hard done by! Have a happy week, and I hope that the lurgy has passed you by. If not, and you are in the same, unenviable position as is my family right now, I’d advocate honey and lemon drinks, vaporub, chocolate (it does quite genuinely soothe an itchy cough!) and lots of cups of tea, preferably made and delivered by someone else while you watch re-runs of ‘Friends’ and ‘West Wing’ on TV.