Waking up at 3:00 AM on Thursday, it turns out, was a better situation than the one I dealt with on early Saturday morning.
From about 2:00 AM on, on Friday, I religiously held to chilling out. I do not know if my previous errands and activities from before had anything to do with what ensued, but it was not all that pretty. I started feeling worse and worse, my voice going from normalcy to a raspy unpleasant, almost incomprehensible version and accompanied by a very harsh throat pain. The crankiness was not helping any of us. I had had a different throat pain earlier in the week, the cold looked like it was going to settle into being easy and short in duration. I was fooled. I almost think I had two separate viruses.
After a hot toddy, I tried to go to sleep, not being able to get comfortable and in the end, I only slept about ninety minutes. I went downstairs, got some water and my iPad and proceeded to find a movie on Netflix. I landed on ‘Renoir’ a story of Auguste Renoir’s life and of that of his son, Jean, the famous filmmaker. I managed to see most of it, periodically falling into a fitful sleep. I realized that I had a low-grade fever, so I finally took some Advil and ended up sweating out the fever and falling into about a three-hour sleep and awakening at 6:30 AM. I felt much better, my throat was better, my cough was there, and my voice was already beginning the transition from total gravel and frustration to normal.
The day was spent ‘lolling around,’ as I used to say to our children when they were less than productive, doing my utmost to do as little as possible. I truly believe that that most who loll around have no difficulty doing so, maybe even have a predilection for it. I am guessing that, given the reality of it all, I am not really lolling around. I can say that forcing myself to sit still is quite a fight for me and extremely hard to do.
In order to force myself to stay seated and as idle as possible, I pulled out the first season of Strike Back, a very well done show of political and international espionage. I had seen it before, but I have season two from last year and I wanted to refresh my memory before moving forward.
The day outside, from my few moments at the open door, showed a temperature that was more normal for this time of the year and it is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. I had been hoping to get the pond taken care of, final prep for the winter, maybe removing the tent-like canopy and pulling out the filter and hoses, leaving only the pond warmer to produce a small space for the pond gases to escape and keep from killing the fish. I have secured the electric cord so that Stewie cannot undo it as he did last year, fastening it with a gear tie from www.niteize.com, one of my favorite new pieces of gear and one of my favorite new companies for special, well-made pieces of gear.
Here’s hoping that tomorrow is better than today as I head back into a non-viral healthset.