Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trading Places with Jake

We have the autumnal cold going through our house. Luke has it, Jake has it, and I have it. However, Luke and Jake can take medicine. Their bathroom counter has Dayquil and Nyquil. Mine has cough drops. They can go about their daily business. I get to lie on the couch and blow my nose. Why? Because I can’t take decongestants. Any cold medicine that worth it’s salt (yeah, sort of a mixed metaphor, but I’m sick so cut me some slack) has a decongestant in it. But decongestants give me tachycardia—my heart will beat so fast it gives me chest pain. Long ago there was a trip to the hospital for chest pain. Apparently your heart can beat so fast that it doesn’t get enough oxygen. Who knew?

So I’m reading (finished all my library books), sleeping, and streaming an occasional TV show. Jake is jealous. I think he’d like to switch places. But he doesn’t notice the stacks of rapidly multiplying laundry, the messy kitchen (okay, the dishes are getting done, but why is it that no one wipes the counters?), and the general disorder of the house—all of which will need to be remedied when I get better. I’d trade with Jake in an instant.


  1. Some of my siblings are also quite ill. Duncan looks like a zombie.

    All the same, I see you're using the ole' "Mention-The-Mess-In-A-Blog-Post-In-The-Hope-Of-A-Child-Reading-And-Cleaning-It-Up-For-You" Technique. Very nice.

  2. See, If I was there, I would be a good person and wipe the counters!
    Maybe that is because I wipe them all the time here...

    I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Being sick really stinks. Especially when you can't take anything to get back to "normal" for a few hours. At least you're getting a lot of reading done! There's an upside to everything.

  4. Andrew,

    Well, it wasn't my fiendish plot (but only because I hadn't thought of it). However, it is working...dishes done, counters wiped, laundry washed, dried, and folded. Hurrah!!

  5. You know each time I take certain allergy meds, my heart races. I thought I was going to drop dead once. I'm glad I ran across your post. I bet this is a lot more common than most people realize!

  6. Oh you poor thing. I just got over a bad cold and was taking so many decongestants, I swear I "crashed" after I stopped taking them. Not a good feeling.
    So in the more sudafed for me. You have a friend out there who will suffer like you!

  7. Ahh, yes, when Duncan and I were at UTC Monday and Tuesday I was calling Duncan my "pet zombie" he look so bad. Carrying a bucket around with you to class is a bad sign.