226 Days ’til 40: Bad Days

10 Jul

Sometimes bad days are there to remind you that you have good ones to look forward to ~ author unknown

I just don’t have enough middle fingers for today ~ author unknown

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton

Today was a bad day….. not a terrible, horrendous, my life is completely over day….. just a grumpy, bad day. We all have them, don’t we?

So, first of all, I still have this virus/ illness, whatever it is. I am on day 6. Day one was mild, then I had four days of fever and not so fun symptoms, and today I was going to see the doctor, because I had had enough. So, I woke up this morning (after sleeping through the alarm) and I was still coughing up a storm, but the fever was gone. I was finally able to sleep this morning and had to wake up to go to the doctor appt. (drats!) I woke up and went and told her that my fever was gone and the only ongoing issue was this horrible coughing. She decided it could very well be pertussis and gave me antibiotics…. great, this will end soon…. finally.

I go to the market, get the prescriptions filled and random food I am willing to eat at the moment and as I am checking out (ten minutes after I walked in) I realized I forgot to feed the meter…. focused on the prescription and food, and was sick, and…. I calm myself, it has only been ten minutes, I won’t get caught – and then I look out the window…. sure enough, there is the meter guy writing the ticket……. I return as he is finishing – he sees I am sick and says to me, “feel better” – how kind of him….. now I have a $30 ticket.

Then I go home and try some cough syrup and nap and wake up with a fever….. the fever that was gone, now on day five. I wait to take my antibiotics until early evening because they need to be taken every twelve hours and I am NOT going to take them at 2 pm and have to get up at 2 am to take them again. They have to be taken on an empty stomach and you cannot eat for one hour after….. 45 minutes later I am reminded that I do not like this antibiotic (I had forgotten) – I am now doubled over in pain and cannot eat for another 15 minutes. 15 minutes later I eat and 30 minutes later I am fine.

The girls are steller – they even warm up their own dinner (leftovers) and watch a movie on the tv. They know I am not feeling well and I am not purposely neglecting them as I lie coughing on my bed. They read for a while and then head for bed (yes, I trained them well!) Now it is my turn to get ready for bed. I brush my teeth and as I am brushing my teeth I feel that awful cough phlegm that I have dealt with the last couple days. No problem, I am at the bathroom sink…. I clear my throat gutterally (gross, but effective) and I spit in the sink……… and then feel a big wet sticky glob on the thigh of my pajama pants……… yes, my phlegm was now adding a new color to the tie-dye pattern, a not so welcome color.

Thankfully, I had just done laundry two days ago, I had clean pajama pants…. I put one leg on, and then the other – and then fell down because both my legs were in the same pant leg (I swear I am not making this up).

And now, here I am writing to you, thinking that it would probably be best if I just sign off and quit while I am behind and hope that tomorrow goes better.

Today, 226 days ’til 40, was a bad day….. not horrific, but not good – it happens, and that is part of life. Tomorrow WILL be better!



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44 responses to “226 Days ’til 40: Bad Days

  1. Anonymous

    July 10, 2012 at 00:13

    Excellent post on a very bad day. Praying that you get well soon.

  2. merlinspielen

    July 10, 2012 at 00:13

    Hope tomorrow is a better day 🙂

  3. Mr. Miller

    July 10, 2012 at 00:14

    It’s nice to know others have shitty days, err, 6-days too (although the $30 ticket was a kick to the teeth!).

  4. ocdtalk

    July 10, 2012 at 00:16

    You sure did have a bad day! Hope you feel better soon.

  5. boomiebol

    July 10, 2012 at 00:18

    Sorry to read that you feel this way and the day hasn’t been going too well. But like you rightly said, tomorrow WILL be better. Stay strong.

  6. tonyakerrigan

    July 10, 2012 at 00:19

    I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  7. bellissimom

    July 10, 2012 at 00:29

    Feel better very soon!

  8. walkwiththerabbi

    July 10, 2012 at 00:59

    My goodness. What a day! A wonderful reminder that true happiness is not to be found in external things. In life, we are always between unpleasant events. Be well – soon! P.S. have someone prepare some Jewish penicillin for you (Jewish chicken soup). You’ll be better in no time (or you’ll want to join the local synagogue). Hugs (from a distance).

    • 400daystil40

      July 10, 2012 at 17:49

      Thank you! (PS – I DID have some chicken soup!!!) 🙂

  9. changeforbetterme

    July 10, 2012 at 01:11

    awwwww you poor thing… need lots of hugs! (((Hug)))) I feel for you….I have had days like that when you couldn’t wait for it to be over so you could start a new one…..hang in there….at least the girls are giving you a break also….good girls! Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Pamela

    July 10, 2012 at 01:53

    Hope you feel better soon!

  11. Laura

    July 10, 2012 at 02:08

    Lots of hugs! You need ’em!

  12. Sid Dunnebacke

    July 10, 2012 at 03:05

    Heh. I think laughing isn’t the response you were looking for, and I’m sorry I’m laughing at the pajama episode… but I am. Have a terrific day tomorrow.

    • 400daystil40

      July 10, 2012 at 17:48

      I am glad you laughed, I like making people laugh (in the moment it was not so funny, but today it is pretty funny!)

  13. craftythriftydecoratingwifemom

    July 10, 2012 at 04:18

    ((HUGS)) Ya know, I think the reason they always say “summer colds/flu/choose your ailment” are the worst is that we have kids home all day to care for. I’m glad yours are good to you and hope they will continue to be. If you keep having trouble with this antibiotic you should probably call your doc and tell him/her, maybe get a different one. That’s one of the warnings that come (or should) with antibiotics. Maybe you can get out of the ticket? Hope you feel well soon, respiratory infections are all too familiar to me, my heart goes out to you.

  14. writerwannabe763

    July 10, 2012 at 04:37

    I’m so sorry that you’re feeling so unwell….hope you’re well soon and able to enjoy your time off..Diane

  15. buckwheatsrisk

    July 10, 2012 at 05:29

    oh my goodness, i hope you get a good sleep and begin to feel better by tomorrow!

  16. knitxpressions

    July 10, 2012 at 06:59

    *hugs* hope you do feel better really soon!

  17. needlefingers

    July 10, 2012 at 07:21

    There’s a planet out of whack in the Universe right now. That’s the only explanation. Both members of our household had ‘one of those days’. The cat seems to be unaffected, as usual.

    • 400daystil40

      July 10, 2012 at 17:44

      Yes, thankfully my cats also did better than I did yesterday!!!

  18. Spider42

    July 10, 2012 at 11:23

    First off, hope you feel better because these thing can be so painful to have to wait through. But what can you do right?

    Secondly, that’s some good training you’ve given your kids!

    Lastly, sorry but that pant leg thing made me burst out a little – not laughing at you, but you gotta admit, it IS funny! 😉

    Feel better, cheers…

    • 400daystil40

      July 10, 2012 at 17:40

      Thanks, and, yes, I think a few readers laughed at my pants debacle!

  19. Vannessa Lee

    July 10, 2012 at 18:02

    I enjoy reading your post, it is inspiring.
    I have nominate you for the beautiful blogger award, please pick it up from:

    • 400daystil40

      July 10, 2012 at 21:31

      Thank you so much!!! This is so kind of you!

  20. artistspromenade

    July 10, 2012 at 23:31

    Feel better soon. I keep rediscovering how independent my sons can be when I really need them to be, we are blessed.

  21. miladynotes

    July 11, 2012 at 06:45

    Great post. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

  22. narf77

    July 11, 2012 at 11:54

    Yeh…that day TOTALLY sucked…

    • 400daystil40

      July 12, 2012 at 22:10

      Yes, it did!

      • simon7banks

        July 18, 2012 at 11:05

        Hmm… I sympathise. The Dolly Parton quote is brilliant. In the U.K. we get used to others complaining or joking about our rainy weather, but without rainy weather, you don’t have green countryside. Ireland is even more so: the “Emerald Isle” is the Wet Isle.

        On the quotes, try this: Sometimes good days are there to remind you that you have bad days to look forward to.

        Also a famous quote dating from 1930s America and making fun, I suspect, of “Reader’s Digest” philosophy: Death is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down.


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