In Which I Talk More About My Fascinating Ailments

I stayed home from work today because of my yucky cold. I wasn’t really able to sleep last night with all the blowing (hai-owwwwwe!) and snorting. This afternoon as I sat in a steamy bubble bath, my go-to comfort activity for when I’m feeling bad, I realized 2010 hasn’t been a stellar year health-wise. And I didn’t even tell you about the time I passed out at Panera. Yes, that’s correct; I zonked at Panera and it wasn’t a carb-induced food coma. It was during an especially heinous stretch of hot July weather. I’d spent the morning traipsing around downtown for brunch and shopping with B. I felt overheated several times but kept drinking water and trying to cool off. On the way home, I stopped by Panera to hang withย Maxine (Miss Dangerous if you’re nasty.) I hadn’t been there long when I started coughing. I’d been sick with a respiratory infection and after a few seconds remember thinking, “Uh oh, I’m not going to be able to stop coughing.” The next thing I knew, I was flat on my back staring up at the ceiling. There were all these people around me talking about getting help and I wondered who was hurt. Suddenly I saw Maxine’s face hovering above mine looking very worried and asking, “Are you OK?” I started to put the pieces together but at first thought I was dreaming. It truly was a bizarre experience. My doctor chalked it up to dehydration. The staff at Panera said it had happened to several people during the icky death heat. I also think it was my body’s early warning system since a few weeks later, I had emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder. I haven’t been the picture of health this year, is what I’m saying so I’m hoping 2011 will be lots better, even if that means less blog fodder. I also learned an important lesson about listening to my body, which had sent me many signals I’d chosen to brush off. Getting old really is glamorous!


One Response to “In Which I Talk More About My Fascinating Ailments”

  1. Maxine Dangerous Says:

    I was doing yoga with a friend the other day and she caught her toe on a pile of blankets or something — her toe went one way and she went the other. As I realized what was happening — she rolled to her side and stayed there, clearly in pain — I thought, “It’s Panera all over again!” Because, you know, choking and toe breakage are the same. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Parts of getting older definitely blow. The temp drops and suddenly I am creaky and slow — and I wasn’t fast to begin with! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a big fan of that. Ah well. C’est la Geritol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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