On being sick: where I ramble about physics and other random things

By kenny friedman on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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I never really understood the phrase "Sick as a Dog." Using the Google and going to the number one ranked page I found out that it was first used in the 1700s but no one really knows why it is used that way. So I'll just say I'm sick as a dog who has a horrible cold.

I got said cold from MF. He hit the milestone of being sick for the first time.

Little dude got sick Friday night and the only way to get him to stop crying and sleep was to sleep next to him. He needed to be touching one of us to feel comfortable. Really it's pretty common and we would have had him in our bed if we weren't 100% sure he would crawl over one of us and off the bed.

So there I slept on the floor next to his floor bed...essentially making it a bed floor for both of us, he needed to curl up next to me.

Every 45 minutes or so I would be awakened by being kicked in the head, crawled over or having a toy thrown at my feet. He'd wake and get antsy and since we had this stupid idea of no crib he's able to do whatever he wants in the room...sometimes it backfires.

Well, and here's where the physics come in, when morning came I had a huge neck/headache from sleeping on the floor and getting very little sleep: action > reaction.

Yada yada yada, he was sniffly all weekend and wasn't sleeping well. I was wiping copious amounts of snot off on my hand or sleeve then onto my jeans...I'll wash them soon...but I didn't mind.

That's a huge shift for me, I hated snotty kids...I mean let's get real a child with snot just running down their nose is just plain disgusting. But when it's your kid it's different, it's a combination of cute and super sad...like ____ (pretend I came up with a good analogy even though I can't because I'm too sick to come up with something good. I was thinking a movie that was cute and sad but nothing came to mind.)

So there I am wiping all the snot off of him, or maybe 50% of the snot with Staci getting the other half, when a tiny little cold germ decides to look for a new home and come into me.

Miloh got me sick: action > reaction.

And this made me feel more sympathetic to him, because I probably have what he had, and it started off brutal.

Then as I was sweating out whatever he passed on to me I thought about how he'd be when sick. Will he  be like me or Staci.

Staci goes from 0-60 immediately. She's never just a little sick...in fact she always says whatever she has is the "worst". So each cold is worse than the next if you think about it. I kid her about it a lot because it's kind of funny...well it is if you're not the one who has the "worst" sinus headache ever. But she's good at fighting whatever she has out fast.

I on the other hand don't often get sick. Maybe twice a year. I get the start of colds and such but I can usually get rid of them before they start...my theory is that I've taken so few antibiotics (because I'm the typical guy who won't go to the doctor unless I'm dying) that my body can handle everything.

But when I get sick I get really sick, and that's when my feet start hurting. I do this odd thing when I'm sick where I walk weirdly on my feet so my ankles hurt, because if my ankles hurt it makes me forget the pain of whatever I have. I know it's odd but it's subconscious and I've been doing it for as long as I can remember...it's my defense mechanism.

So will MF rarely get sick yet when he does will he screw his feet up so much that it's painful to walk for days? Or will he get sick more often and go from 0-60 but get rid of the sickness fast? Or will it be a combo?

From this cold it looks like it could be a combo. He was really sick for two nights but we helped kick it out fast. But now his runny nose lingers.

But if he could talk he could honestly say it is the "worst" cold he's ever had.



2 comments:

  1. You wrote this while being sick? I think you just found the cure to ADD. The common cold.

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  2. Man I feel you. G just had the worst cold and it slowly made it's way through all of us. Hope you feel better!

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