On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Published in the Rains County Leader on February 6, 2018:

sick_coldTo be accurate, the title should read “Observations from the sick chair” because every time I lie down, I cough so much that no one in the house, human or animal, can sleep. I’ve spent most of the last several days and nights in a recliner trying to find the perfect angle of recline that allows me to rest without hacking up a vital organ. However, regardless of the state of my health, deadlines come around on a regular basis, so in this week’s column, I’m sharing a few things I’ve observed during my illness.

  1. One of the little known symptoms of the common cold is writer’s block. I may haveBlank notepad and pencil mentioned that when a blogger or columnist experiences a lack of creative inspiration, she often resorts to a list.

  1. There is nothing interesting about sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose – but I’ve been told that I can write about nothing and make it interesting. This column will be a test of that theory.


  1. Having a cold doesn’t get nearly as much sympathy as having the flu or strep. It also doesn’t evoke quite as much fear, so you’re not quite as isolated. On the other hand, the boss is not as understanding when you miss work.


  1. Messages of sympathy from friends are nice, but gifts of cold medicines are more useful. We are house sitting for a few days, and after a recent stop at the house to check the mail and feed Kitty, David came back with a care package from a neighbor containing daytime and nighttime cold medicine and throat lozenges. Thanks, Connie.


  1. cold-fluPeppermint tea does more to silence a cough than a cabinet full of medications. It may not last as long, but the effects are immediate and the taste is much better.


  1. Six-hour cold medicines usually stop working after four hours. Does anybody really wait six hours, or like me, do they wait four-and-a-half or five and say, “That’s close enough!”


  1. A day at home in your PJs with a good book is not nearly as much fun when you don’t feel well – especially when you enjoy what you would be doing if you weren’t home sick.


  1. An old body doesn’t respond as quickly to rest, fluids, and cold remedies as a young one – and positive thinking doesn’t work regardless of age.


  1. Scientists tell us that 90% of the human body weight is water. I’m convinced that doctors tell you to drink plenty of fluids during a cold because they know you will lose most of the water in your body through your nose.


  1. This last one is something I saw on Facebook while I was home this week: No matter how old you are, when you’re sick, you want your Mom.




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