Curses, Foiled Again

Another respiratory infection?  Really?  Seems like I just got over pneumonia or the flu.  Oh, yeah, I did.

Dudley Do-RightThe allergens must be particularly virulent this season.  Or my immune system is shredded.  Or my body is trying to tell me something.  Whatever the confluence of inner and outer weather, my head is full of snot and my voice is once again in the Louis Armstrong register.  But, hey!  After a week of fighting back with antihistamines, zinc and green tea, my lungs are still clear.  Score!  Anytime I can keep a head cold in the head is a victory.  Ask anyone with asthma and allergies—lungs are like pale, Victorian flowers of femininity, they faint at the first blush of a virus.  Sort of like Nell in the old Dudley Do-Right Cartoons.

My Achilles heel, my Bad-Ass’ pansy side, this proclivity for sucking up the current bug dates back to my earliest memory—Vicks Vapo-Rub on my chest covered by a warm, dry washcloth pinned to my jammies.  Barking coughs are my second native language.  Too bad I didn’t buy stock in Robitussin when I had money…

Dudley Do-RightFlu shots are generally as effective as cheap tissues (you know, the ones that shred at first honk), as is the rest of pharmacology.  My body laughs, Snidley Whiplash-like, at such puny weapons.  The dastardly villain is strong in the Dark Side (oops, mixed media metaphors).

Not that my body is evil.  It’s just developed a huge resistance to drugs.  They don’t work.  Period.  So, I’m left to other measures like rest, and lots of fluids, and fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh air.  All those old-timey measures that support the body as it heals.

Dudley Do-RightThere’s no Canadian Mountie riding in at the last minute to untie me from the railroad tracks, no definitive thrashing of the Bad Guy.  Nothing as neat and melodramatic as all that  (My sister did bring me vegetable fried rice and strawberries when I was at my worst.  I don’t think her van is named “Horse,” though.).  Recovery takes weeks, sometimes months.  Very inconvenient, but oh well.  It’s just another dance.  Like a bipolar episode, respiratory infections swing me out of my fixed box step, the routine that I feverishly cling to.  I have to loosen up and let my dance partner lead, something I’ve never been good at.  But after all these trips to the train track, I’m learning.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Moss Piglet
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 06:16:27

    I do not like to hear you poorly…
    We have the same here in Billie,; she just had her Chest X-ray & Asthma test, and my son JAM not much better…and the new pet rat in te bedroom and the mould and fungal spores from JAM’s messy last month before Billie came & tidied…I fear if you come over to see us, we will have to put you up in the Luxury Village B&B…Get Well Soon my Muse & Mentor x


  2. Celiac and Allergy Adventures
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 06:17:14

    As someone with asthma and allergies, I hear you. If I catch even a tiny cold, it ends up as bronchitis, pneumonia or a sinus infection.


  3. rachelmiller1511
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 14:07:56

    Sorry to hear you have yet another hurdle to contend with, but I really love your humour! Post made me chuckle.
    Have you ever tried some kind of spiritual healing like Reiki? I used to get colds all the time up until two years ago. I’ve had regular reiki treatments since then and I’ve only had one sniffle in two years (touch wood). Also helps with the mood as it’s very relaxing!
    Hope you feel better soon xxx


  4. littlesundog
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 09:31:31

    I hate to hear about this latest respiratory struggle, but I’m with Rachel, you had me laughing hysterically this morning. I must refrain from sipping coffee while reading your posts… coffee is NOT good roiling up the sinuses!

    This too shall pass, my friend. Keep on the healthy eating trail and drink LOTS of fluids! I’m shooting positive energy and love your way!


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