Posts Tagged ‘Cough

05
Apr
10

struck down

Doctor, Doctor – But I Had Them Out When I Was A Child – Grim Up North

I hadn’t been feeling right since returning from Lisbon. If the truth be known – since before I left for Lisbon – but I was in a state of denial because if I didn’t admit I wasn’t feeling well, then I must be OK, right?

So after returning to the UK and to work and feeling myself get progressively more sluggish each day, I woke last Sunday with a raging temperature, a headful of some horrific, sticky liquid and the sensation that someone was standing on my eyes. I spent the next 36 hours flitting between short periods of nightmare filled sleep and uncomfortable stretches of conciousness where I wanted desperately to be asleep again. Finally, I managed to get my temperature under control and packed myself off to the doctor to discover that I had Tonsillitis. Sent on my way with a sick note and handful of Penicillin, I spent the next 3 days in and out of bed feeling sorry for myself.

I hate being ill and am fortunate in that it doesn’t happen very often. Since I starting running, I have found that the Migraines that I used to get about once a month now occur only about twice a year and any coughs and colds usually only make it to the initial stages before being banished by my immune system. Also, I assume that the horrible post-illness-shuffling-around-catching-your-breath feeling is similar to the creeping symptons of age+poor lifestyle+inactivity that seems to be becoming more prevelant amongst anyone over the age of about 35. And I want to keep that at bay for as long as possible as I dislike not feeling strong enough to run, cycle, swim, climb etc. whenever the mood takes me.

I haven’t as yet been able to get out and run but did attempt some free-weights today which left me feeling shaky and a little bit sick. Once that wore off, I felt better than I have done for a couple of weeks so will try and get a few more sessions in over the week. I have to spend 1 night this week in the North Of England, which I dislike intensely (apologies to anyone from, or fond of, Manchester – but it is horrible), so have booked myself a hotel 20 miles out of town with a gym and a swimming pool and will use that for a little R&R once the days work is done. With any luck, I might even shake off the lingering cough and get out for a run before the week is out.

Soundtrack to this post: Elbow – Grounds For Divorce




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