Monday, February 05, 2007

Getting well

I've been sick with a sinus infection for a little over three months now. After four visits to the doctor and several different prescriptions for meds, my damned sinuses are still boggy, I have perpetual post-nasal drip, and my poor lymph nodes situated on the back of my neck have settled into a constant nagging ache. My physician suspects that this thing is viral, and has heard reports of similar infections kicking around in other people for months as well (himself included, as it turns out), so unless there's anything an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist can do it may just come down to allowing the bug to run its course, however long and torturous a road that may be.

Needless to say, this sucks. Still, I've done what I can to cut down on my extracurricular activities and it seems to have improved both my energy levels and general well-being, so that's a positive sign. Maybe I've just run myself so ragged for so long that I've forgotten that a good 90% or more of feeling better has to do with giving yourself a little breathing room for a change. So I'm trying that. Instead of forcing myself to trudge to work early every morning I drive in with my wife and daughter, and instead of getting back late I do my best to head back with the family as well. Having more downtime at home has been a good thing, and I wonder at how I was able to push myself for so long with so many late nights due to library school, my teaching responsibilities, and all of the other things that kept me away from the rest and relaxation that I've obviously been in desperate need of for quite some time now.

Well, here's to getting well...

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