Sick as the nearest canine

About 8:30 this morning, it hit.

“It” may be a rhinovirus, or it may be something much worse. I’m not planning on something worse, mind you; but anything that keeps me awake at night is horrible by definition, and the longer it takes for me to drift off, the more likely I’ll pray for eternal surcease.

In one of God’s little jokes, I have an actual medical appointment scheduled for tomorrow. (I figured that CFI Care — not its real initials — would be jacking up the rates at the end of this month, and indeed they are: copays will rise up to 17 percent, and the annual deductible is now $5,000. I didn’t get the usual handout, but I suspect the base rate for this gold silver bronze pyrite policy is now up over $6,000 a year. It could be worse; and I expect it will be next year. And no, I qualify for no subsidies.)

Then again, if it actually kills me — well, something had to at some point.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 December 2014 · 7:35 am

    I had some kind of bizarre respiratory thing this fall. It started out with a pain in my top teeth. Then it mimicked a sinus infection. Then it turned into some kind of cold-like thing. The sneezing and stuff only lasted a few days but it took weeks for me to get my energy back and also for my top teeth to stop hurting and feeling like they were going to break off if I bit down on anything.

    I hope yours is just the simplest and shortest of colds.

  2. Tatyana »

    4 December 2014 · 10:10 am

    Ours are the times of insufficient and prohibitively expensive medical services…which prompts return to grandma’s domestic methods. At bedtime take a glass of warm milk with tablespoon of honey; if your throat hurts, rinse before that with solution 1 t-spoon of soda plus 3 drops of liquid iodine to 1 glass of lukewarm boiled water.

    That’s in addition to your tomorrow’s visit.

    Get well!

  3. CGHill »

    4 December 2014 · 10:12 am

    Well, it’s not too minor: I was sent home for two days. (Apparently this non-flu is as infectious as flu.)

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 December 2014 · 10:39 am

    Tat: I am generally doctor-resistant unless I feel like I have something for which medication is absolutely required. People get surprised at me but I shrug and say, “I think it was a virus, and all a doctor will do is charge me money and tell me to drink lots of fluids, and I already know to do that)

    (When I was a kid, my mom’s go-to cough medicine for us was a mixture of roughly 2 parts honey to one part lemon juice and one part melted butter, and then the whole mixture was gently heated. It helped and also we were willing to take it, which is almost as important as the medicine working…. I’ve also heard hot lemonade with a bit of honey is good for a variety of complaints.)

    I’ve also become a nasal-irrigation convert during this past month and a half, after my weird viral thing.

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