The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Something fishy

Posted by Deliverator on January 25th, 2005

Well, I managed to force myself to class this morning, as it was the quasi due-date for a video editing project. We are creating our own Gunsmoke episodes from raw footage. The teacher is giving everyone 2 days grace, so it isn’t really due till Thursday, but I wanted to see what everyone has been doing with their episodes.

I have been feeling pretty crummy the last few weeks and have a cough that just won’t go away. I find if I suck on enough cough-drops, it numbs my throat enough that I no longer feel the compelling need to cough (more like dry heave, to be truthful). I take the directions of “take 1 every 2 hours as needed” pretty liberally, and as such, I am now on my 5th bag of cough drops in 10 days. I have also bought a small humidifier for my room, as my cough seems exaserbated by dry air. My house uses forced-air heating, so it is always pretty dry.

Minus the cough symptoms, I am still left feeling continually short of breath and my lungs feel “wet” despite the fact that nothing comes up when I cough. I have had a great deal of difficulty sleeping the last few weeks (even more so than usual). I have always slept on my side and any attempt to do so these days causes enough breathing difficulty that I can’t seem to fall to sleep. I have tried sleeping on my back, but that doesn’t seem to work too well. I shift onto my side while I sleep and promptly wake up. The engineer in me sought a technical solution to my difficulty in getting to sleep. I found that by strategicly placing a few pillows, I could rest on my side without placing too much pressure on my chest. This seems to have done the trick as far as getting to sleep goes, but my tendency to move around while I sleep inevitably means that I dislodge my pillows and wake up. As a result, I don’t think I have gotten more than 2-3 hours of continuous sleep in the last ~10 day or so. This has left me even more zombie-like and withdrawn than usual.

I think I owe all this to a mouthful of fishy water that I half inhaled while trying to create a syphon to change the water in my fishtank. I feel like I am gradually kicking this *whatever* (bacteria, virus?) on my own, but may consult a doctor if it continues for much longer.

I will leave you with a thought from the great comedian of old, WC Fields:

When asked why he drank so much liquor, he responded “Drink water?!? Fish pee in it!”