Saturday, April 26, 2014

Stretched Out on a Cold, White, um, Queen-Sized Bed

That upper respiratory thing I mentioned in my last post is tenacious. This is my eighth day with it, and both my daughters still have it, too. According to Mr. Google, a cold "normally lasts from 3 to 7 days," but "many people continue to have symptoms for up to two weeks." 

I don't feel much like doing any of the pastimes I normally enjoy--reading, writing, genealogy, puzzles--and I certainly don't feel like taking care of the household chores those enjoyable pastimes are meant to protect me from. I don't feel like eating, either, although Kim brought in a cake and I'm managing to get down my share of that whether I want it or not. Mostly, between bouts of coughing, I just want to sleep.

"It's just a cold," you say. I know that. I know it isn't serious and it will pass. "Don't be such a ninny," you advise, rolling your eyes. Yeah, right. But I'm old and not as tough as I used to be. Just wait until you've had a week with a theme song like this:

The song is a long-time favorite, "St. James Infirmary," performed by Joe Cocker.
Thanks to Paul GomezPhD for posting the video on YouTube.


  1. Thanks for reminding me how much I like this song and how much I LOVE Joe Cocker's voice. Scott and I had the respiratory crud in February and, I hate to tell you, but the cough just grabs hold of you and won't let got. It took me weeks to get rid of it. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. I had that junk you have a few weeks ago . I thought I would NEVER get well.

  3. Annette and Patsy, thanks for letting me know what to expect. Glad both of you (and Scott) are feeling better by now.

    Annette, I can listen to Joe Cocker sing for hours at a time. Here's another one of my favorites: "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress".


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