November 25, 2008

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While I'm Thinking About It

Warning: This post may go into too much squicky detail.

I don't like cartooning while sick. Sure, I'm one of my biggest critics the best of times, but knowing that last week's strips and this week's are being drawn through a fog of illness just makes the inadequacies that more obvious.

I came down with a cold last week. Nothing major, nothing unusual, just typical coughing, sneezing, congestion they make all sorts of medicines for, that are best treated with rest, plenty of fluids, mega-doses of Vitamin C, and chicken soup, and that Airborne does nothing for. I don't get sick that often, but it's still a pain for the days it lasts.

Saturday, I got an earache. Nothing terribly wrong with that, I figure it's just the cold making one final stand, and will go away soon enough.

The ear started leaking Monday, which could have been nothing, just my body expelling whatever had built up in there and that would be the end of it.

The fact I'm writing this should indicate that was not the case.

I woke up this morning, and not only was the pain still there, and the leaking (in fact, my hair was all crusty on that side), but both were worse. So, after a completely unrelated tangent involving my sister and her girls, it's off to the doctor!

On the plus side, it's not lupus.

Instead, it's a ruptured eardrum that got all infected. According to the doctor, once the infection gets cleared up (and I've got the antibiotics for that), the drum should heal itself. And Tylenol for the pain. Plus live culture yogurt for when the antibiotics also kill the good bacteria that live in the digestion tract. And, of course, plenty of fluids and as much rest as viable.

How was your day?



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