Thursday, December 14, 2023

Done With the Sickness

I came down with a bit of a sore throat yesterday and frankly, I'm not a fan. And yet, despite my feelings about being sick, I feel like I've spent the better part of the last few months under the weather.

Earlier this fall, I came down with something that seemed pretty minor. No real congestion to speak of, not even really a sore throat, just a bit of a tickle in the back of my throat. It was a minor annoyance, albeit an annoyance that seriously compromised my ability to do one of my hobbies--singing in a community choir. And here's the thing: minor as it was, it just kept going. Day after day, week after week. 

Finally, after 4 or 5 weeks I went to see the doctor, where I ended up paying like $700 out of pocket for them to tell me it wasn't COVID, either strain of the flu, or... pneumonia, I think? Basically, just a cold that won't go away. 

Around that time, it got slightly worse, and a complication arose. I coughed hard enough to either pull a muscle between my ribs or knock a rib out of alignment. And let me tell you, that was painful. Every time I sat up, laid down, rolled over, whatever--and, of course, any time I coughed--it hurt a lot. So even once the cough went away a month and a half after it started I still felt fairly bad because of this rib thing that also wouldn't go away. 

This is a sign of getting old, isn't it? 

I sure hope this sore throat doesn't stick around. We shall see. I am more than ready to be done with any and all forms of illness for the foreseeable future.


  1. As my Mom used to say, "Get well this instant!"

  2. Sorry you've been affected by the ick. It seems to be everywhere. I may never go grocery shopping unmasked again ever.