July 20th, 2004


Half a Sick Day

I've had a rough couple of days. Not bad, but not really fun either. I mowed my lawn on Sunday, and I did a bunch of stuff in the yard. As per the norm, this meant I was very allergy-plagued on Monday. Lots of sneezing, and lots of nose-blowing and sniffling. By the time I went home Monday night (not until 8:30, because my project is very behind), my throat ached from all the drainage, and my head hurt. Naturally this meant I couldn't sleep well last night; I took a benedryl but if it helped any I didn't notice it.

So I woke up this morning achy and still stuffed up, feeling icky. I decided to use my last Allergra-D that the doc gave me back when I had a sinus infection in March. I also took a vitamin, on the general principle of good health.

I ate a nutrigrain bar along with these pills, but I think it must not have been enough food to combat the drugs in my stomach. I quickly started feeling very nauseous. Let me tell you: I hate nausea! I don't like being any kind of sick of course, but nausea in particular just renders me useless.

So now I was sniffily, headachy, and nauseous. I called my boss and said, "I'm going to be in late." I explained what had happened, and he was understanding. (Though he did warn me that 2 other people on my project weren't in, which means my poor project is even more behind! Oy.)

I crawled onto the couch and turned on the television. I found that if I didn't move at all, my queasiness wasn't as noticeable. The only good thing was that I was quite sure it was medication-related. If I could just make myself stay still long enough for the drugs to be digested, the bad feelings should go away.

So I curled in a ball on my couch for about an hour and a half, only moving once to flip over when my bottom nostril became completely stopped up. Then I finally began to feel better. Hallelujah! I cautiously got off of the couch, and my stomach still felt stable. My nose was still stuffed up, but that hardly mattered anymore.

I got dressed, picked up some real food on the way to work, and worked about 6.5 hours. Not bad, given how non-functional I was this morning! In other good news, my nose is finally starting to open up again, and my allergies are (hopefully) on their way out... at least until I mow my lawn again.
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