Saturday, May 28, 2011

Why do you think they call it "Dope?"

Okay, so I've had this cough for several days now.  I'll go for hours without coughing and then BAM!  That incredibly annoying tickle in the back of my throat starts up and all hell breaks loose.

When I went to bed last night, I was feeling much better and decided to forgo my nightly cough syrup.

And woke up at 2:00am coughing my fool head off.  I coughed and coughed and coughed and I knew this was going to be bad so I got out of bed and headed to the medicine cabinet.

While I was waiting for the OTC cough syrup to take effect, I sat at my computer and played Solitaire while cough cough coughing.

30 minutes later, I'm still coughing and losing at Solitaire and TheManTheMyth comes into the office holding the bottle of the "Good" cough syrup, the stuff with codeine in it and says, "I think you need to take this."

I'm not a "pill person."  If I'm in pain, have cramps or what have you, I take ibuprofen.  Anything that requires a doctor's prescription and advises you against operating any kind of heavy machinery while under the influence of said prescription is the kind of stuff I like to avoid.

In other words, I don't medicate.  When I messed up my foot in an ATV accident a couple of years ago, 
I turned down the doctor's offer of "Good" pain meds.  Which seemed to upset quite a few people who told me that if *I* didn't want those pills, they knew plenty of other people who did and I could have got some extra spending money.


So I'm coughing and hacking and gasping and coughing and trying to tell TMTM that I don't want to take that stuff and he shoves the bottle at me and barks, "DRINK!"

So I do.

The Good News is it worked.  I slept the rest of the night without nary a cough.

The Bad News is, I feel like the Living Dead.  Right now, it's 12:30pm PST and I am OUT OF IT.  Everything sounds like I'm hearing it from under water, my head feels like it weighs 20 lbs and wants to tip over.  There's a weird buzzing noise and I'm all jittery and jangly and this is why I don't take this stuff.

But at least my cough has stopped.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

There goes an eye!

Have you ever coughed so hard you almost throw up plus every time you cough your head throbs and your eyes kind of bulge out of their sockets?

I hate it when that happens.  And it's been happening all frickin' day today.  Which was a real treat for the car salesman to witness, let me tell you.

No, I do not have a new car to tell you all about.  Instead you get to read about my hacking up a lung and possibly maybe even an ovary.

As you read previously, I've been a bit under the weather.  Well, my head cold/sinus infection has left the building but left a dry hacking cough with the non-stop tickle in the throat behind to keep me company.  Bastard.

And thanks to this lovely cough, my voice now sounds like a combination of Brenda Vaccaro and Froggy from the Our Gang series.  Which gives you an indication of my age if you know who those people are.

If you don't know who those people are and want to know how my voice sounds, um, let's see.  Oh!  I sound like someone who has been smoking unfiltered Camels since I was 10 along with a pint of bourbon as a chaser.

Oh, I'm a real catch right now.  Why there's not a line of men pounding on my door right now is one of the great Unanswered Miracles.

So.  This weekend is Memorial Weekend and if you're looking to buy a new car, this is the weekend to do it because everyone is offering sale prices and incentives and specials and low, low interest rates and hell, they're practically GIVING these here cars away.

Unless you want a Volkswagon with a diesel engine.  Then you're pretty much paying full price with not-so-low interest rates.  They ain't a-dealin' on those cars AT ALL.  Which I discovered after test driving the 2011 Volkswagon Jetta Sportwagon TDI and "crunching some numbers" with the VDub salesguy.

The VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI wasn't my 1st choice for a new car but TheManTheMyth liked it, the mileage is phenomenal, it would tow a small motorcycle trailer (very important in this family) and it was a nice little car although a bit on the boring sensible and practical side.

But I was willing to overlook the boring in exchange for awesome mileage and towing capabilities.  But not enough to have a monthly payment that would rival my mortgage payment because of a non-5-figure downpayment and lousy interest rates despite my fabulous credit score and yes, I DO have a great credit score (suckers).

So, with TheManTheMyth's blessing (he's out of town), I'm going to hit up a couple of other dealerships tomorrow (including the car I actually want) and see how badly they want (or don't want) my business.

Let's hope that a) I am able to make a great deal on the car I want and 2) my eyes don't pop completely out of my head during a coughing fit.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Snotty Turdy Head

I've been a little lax in the posting department lately but I have a good excuse:  A raging sinus infection.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling sort of okay but not really okay and then by early afternoon, my sinuses were pounding and throbbing (sounds just a bit pornographic), my nose was stuffed up yet running and I don't know how a stuff up nose can also be running at the same time and it really seems unfair that it happens like that, my throat was dry and scratchy and I was all, "just shoot me please."

TheManTheMyth and Thing 1 were in Utah and Thing 2 was at the movies with Thing 1's girlfriend so I figured I would just lay down and take a nap when there was a knock at the door.  And lo and behold, my uncle, who I had not seen in at least 10 years, was standing there.

We had a perfectly lovely visit and by the time he left several hours later, my throat was on fire from all the talking and my sinus headache had worsened so I loaded up on cold meds and went to bed.

And speaking of cold meds, the one I had taken said to take every 4 hours and lemme tell you, they weren't kidding.  At 4 hours and 1 minute after taking them, they wore off with a vengeance and I had to drag my sorry ass out of bed and dose myself again.  So how is this the "nighttime cold medicine" I ask you.

Just when I think I'm on the mend, a new symptom shows up.  The latest is that annoying tickling drip in the back of the throat that causes you to start coughing and hacking.  And it almost always kicks in at about 1:37am.

So here it is Wednesday.

I'm still sick.