Tuesday, 15 November 2016

ILL

It's a lazy blog today.
I've got some sort of bug which hit home in the middle of the night and I feel like shit.
I'm sure it will pass by tomorrow but today, I feel as though I've been hit by a bus.
I'm coughing so hard that I'm farting like a machine gun!
When I am ill, I look like this......
But feel like this...
I vont to be left alone

How do you cope with illness?
What sort of patient are you?

86 comments:

  1. Oh John. You do look rough in that picture! I hate being ill because no-one looks after me when I am! I cope with illness by doing a google search to rule out anything suspect and then I drink plenty of water, rest and try to sleep it off. I console myself with the fact that nothing lasts forever and each day I will improve. Get well soon but don't ask the Prof to make you any parsnip soup!!!

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  2. I usually try to ignore it and pretend it's not happening. It's gotta be pretty awful for me to give in and take to my bed.

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  3. I see you have your pyjamas on in the first picture. Did Chris snap it for you? I am with Dave Martin on illness. Try to ignore it and hope it goes away.

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  4. A photo worth a million words John!

    You look just like Winnie ;)

    gws

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  5. It depends whether it is a faked illness or a real one. Whichever, I am about to die and I expect and receive full bedside care if it is serious.

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  6. Omg I had laryngitis about 6 weeks ago.. if that wasn't bad enough it left me with a terrible after cough that left me wanting to vomit everytime I coughed... I hated being ill... I spent every day in bed for 10 days and only got up in the evening to try to be sociable... I nearly ended up a sociopath! It has taken 6 weeks for the cough to subside.. I do not do illness WELL!!

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  7. Sorry to hear you're poorly, hope it passes soon. Cathy.

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  8. :(

    take care of yourself, dear john.

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  9. It's doing the rounds, John. If it's what I've got it won't shift quickly. I've been coughing like that since Thursday and feeling like you look in the first pic. I don't make a good patient but sometimes you have to give in and rest up till it shifts. Hope you feel better soon. CT.

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  10. Oh dear, hope it passes soon! I've had a cough for about a month now, just to cheer you up (luckily, it doesn't make me fart). I'm like you, just want to be left alone when I'm ill....not a chance of that though, husband fusses over me like an old woman, drives me mad. I suspect he's trying to show me what he'd like when he's not well!

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  11. When I am ill and feel like shit I go to bed and sleep and sleep -- and take hot lemons! I do hope you feel better soon ... xo

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  12. Denial is my usual coping method,

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  13. When I'm ill, just call me Garbo. Hope you feel better soon.

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  14. I wish I felt that glamorous when I'm ill! (Or even when I'm well, for that matter.)

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  15. That's not an ordinary illness, it is the result of a Norfolk curse. I thought you may have done one post without mentioning your arse or asking questions from your followers, but even illness doesn't keep you down.

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    1. Only death will stop me

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    2. I thought he said he needed a shit.

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    3. There are always two disruptive children in a class

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    4. I don't think he knows he needs a shit until he has one, and by that time it's too late.

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    5. He has a very loose bowel.

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  16. You'd think I'd be good at it, having had to deal with untreated, undiagnosed lyme disease for over ten years, but actually now that I am so much better I resent every day that I can't enjoy life to the full, so I am an awful patient now! (And I give doctors the shits by being rather untrusting and doing my own research. If I hadn't learned to do that, I'd still be living a miserable half-life and wishing I was dead.)

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  17. I was a sickly child. Asthma from the age of two, which for much of my schooldays my mother refused to acknowledge - I was "putting it on" and had to to chores and school work instead of resting and getting better.

    These days, and especially after last year's drama, I make a point of harnessing the power of complete rest and vast amounts of hot tea as an aid to recovery.

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  18. I like to be left alone to sleep.
    Please get well soon, John; the family needs you.
    Greetings Maria x

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  19. I am a big wimp. I had a husband for so many years who loved to take care of me, make me laugh, make me feel better no matter what. And he was brilliant at taking away worries and fear.
    Now he is gone so all of those things are back in my life .. I have been very lucky so far and not had any illness that a pharmacy can't fix .
    I hope you feel better soon, sleep ... hot tea and soup ... sleep.
    Those are the best medicines. Oh and lots of love.
    C

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  20. For the cough rub Vicks Salve on the soles of your feet, put on socks, get in bed and sleep without the cough.
    pparsimony

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  21. That top one is a VERY good picture of you, usually you look so rough in photos ;-)

    Seriously, I hope you feel better soon. I'm a bloody awful patient, much better left on my own to stew in my own germ pool, with lots of toast and coffee and a good box set.

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  22. What stops me in my tracks are asthma & migraines, either of which will have me sleeping in the recliner in semi-darkness. Copious amounts of hot tea, toast, yogurt & sleep.
    Hope you're recuperated soon.

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    1. Ditto on the migraines :(

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    2. Double ditto on the migraines, although they have lessened after menopause. Now they're more of an annoyance that I try to power through.

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  23. If I'm throw-up sick, I want a cold wet wash rag and a glass of water. If I'm in-bed sick I want some 7-Up soda in a glass. In both instances, I'm like you....I vont to be left alone. Feel better soon!

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  24. I am currently at home sick as well (sinus / lung infection / cough). I am horrible at being sick. I hate lying in bed, I don't nap well, and I have to arrange to be off work which ends up creating more work for myself. I feel for you... hope this doesn't last too long! -Jenn

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  25. Alone, alone, alone...to sleep off whatever ails me. Get well soon John!

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  26. Oh, I am a total witch when ill, leave me alone, don't look at me and heaven forbid don't pretend to be nice when I am feeling rotten!

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  27. I whimper, I demand attention and then get mad when someone hangs around wanting to know what they can do for me. I'm totally irrational when I'm sick. Best leave me alone to die. I'm sorry you are feeling tough John. Hope it passes soon

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  28. Hubby likes to be left alone.... but i like to baby him when he's sick and i'm needy and like to be taken care of when i'm sick .........deb

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    1. My husband was a firm believer in having a drink of something ... once it was a shot of vodka. He just went to bed, slept and sweated it out and woke up feeling better.
      I haven't tried that yet, I generally go for drugs right away :)

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  29. John my hubby tells me you need a Hot Toddy.... Cup of Tea thats sweet with a little bit of lemon... with a shot of whiskey or brandy in it...Drink and crawl into bed and cover up and it will break up the stuff in your chest and break your fever....Hugs! deb

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  30. "That's our victory - our victory over the dark...."

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  31. I am a terrible patient of course, because I am a nurse! I hate fuss. Was sent home early when I had my 2nd baby at the age of 39 because I was fussing over the young new Mums who were tearful. They were trying to molly coddle me because I was an elderly Mother! Pah!!!!

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  32. I just need lots of T L C - but then I need that anyway.

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  33. I rarely get sick, we're those old hippies who drink raw milk and shoot up holy basil, but when I do it is:

    Don't talk to me
    Don't touch me
    Don't look at me

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  34. Isn't that Bette Davis in the photo? Get well soon

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    1. Yes! She's probably thinking "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."

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  35. I also want to be alone. When I'm ill, I can't face any sort of socialising. I just want to read and eat yogurt. Luckily I haven't been ill for several years.

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  36. The bug is all around - my son has been really poorly - he wanted hot Ribena which may help yoy too ! xx

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  37. I am a very bad patient. I am much more the drippy, whiney, sneezing type.

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  38. I want it all when I'm sick. Leave me alone...but cuddle me. But don't touch me. But don't go more than four inches away. I go until I drop and don't take medicine until I'm dying or ordered by the doctor (after being dragged in kicking and screaming). I'm so fun!

    Hope you feel better.

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  39. Bed alone and lots of fluids........my mister is the opposite..needs pampering ...

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  40. I hope you feel better

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    1. Thank you adam, and to everyone who sends good wishes. To those that dont ...bog off!

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  41. When I'm sick, I just want to be left alone, leave me a tray and get lost quickly.
    I hope you feel better on the morrow.

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  42. I'll let you know what sort of patient I am when I have my Replacement Knee operation in December. Hopefully be able to be alone and get on with recovering! Hate being smothered.
    I hope the bug leaves you as quickly as it came.. xx

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  43. Most people vant to be left alone, so why can't they do that for other people.

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  44. Poor John,

    I do hope you fell better very soon.... or get the drugs!!
    I just want to S-L-E-E-P, and sleep and sleep. But I do want to know there's someone in the house. I'm also a "Just give me water, I don't want anything to eat" patient.
    I hope you get pampered in your particular way. Sleep well.

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  45. Commiserations, John. The worst about a true cough (think TB minus the blood) that it takes energy out of you before you can even think about cost/benefit analysis. The benefit, in theory, that you'll shed weight without going for a run or to the gym.

    To illustrate what sort of patient I am (and nothing has changed over the years): One Christmas Eve (I was in my early twenties) I was due to visit my parents. I came down with the fever from hell at about two in the afternoon. On my last reserve I phoned my parents (from a phone box) to tell them the gig was off. Naturally, about half an hour later both my father and my brother turned up on my doorstep on instruction of my mother to take me "home". As much as I loved my mother's hand on my feverish brow when I was little, all I wanted was to be left alone. To this day, I still feel a little guilty that I made them leave without me. So that was a truly solitary Christmas. However, my neighbour - the lovely Peter, tall, blond, a hairdresser and, what do you expect, gay - and I shared a wall of our adjoining appartments. No bull, our beds divided by some bricks of how much depth I do not know. So, throughout the night he'd send me little knock knock signals to see whether I was still alive. If, in my delirium, I didn't immediately respond he'd let himself in, wipe my feverish brow, refill my jug of water - and left as quietly as he'd come in. An angel. I never knew he'd been there.

    Wishing you a leisurely recovery,
    Ursula

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    1. You have a GAY hairdresser? My gid...we are getting everywhere!

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  46. Are you allowed to be ill with animals? Hope your better soon just to save your carpets from dog wee.

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    1. There WAS one accident this morning...the Prof was harrumphing

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  47. lucozade, some magazines and netflix.

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    1. Water, crap rv andslepp more like

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  48. I'm one today, and glad to a) finish one book and start on the top of the next pile, and b) have medication now to sort out my chest infection. I hope you are better soon.

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  49. Ohhh, I hope that you get pampered and feel better soon! I am very predictable when I am sick. I lay down, close my eyes and whisper in a dying voice: "I wish I had a fresh peach salad."

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  50. I feel for you. Hope you're better soon. Take care of yourself.

    All I want to do when I'm sick is be left alone to sleep!

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  51. I haven't been ill for eight years. That was when I had to have a hysterectomy.

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  52. When I'm sick I need a lot of TLC.....I mean A LOT!
    Then I'm all better.

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    1. So jimbo you ARE a drama queen

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  53. I think the bugs that hit hard and fast are usually short lived. I hope my theory is true for you!

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    1. I do hope so dearheart i feel like shite

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    2. I do hope so dearheart i feel like shite

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  54. I hope you will be feeling much better very soon.

    My colds usually start about three days before I actually come down sick. My husband brings the bug home and will be coughing and sneezing and not washing his hands and touching everything in the house. That drives me nuts. So I become Howard Hughes-like and start wiping everything with surface sanitizer or alcohol and repeatedly washing my hands.
    Then that compulsive craziness stops when I come down with the cold symptoms. I don't know why I even try to prevent the spread by all of the hand washing and cleaning stuff. That never works, the virus is in the air. One time I even tried wearing a surgical mask. That is how nutty I get with trying to prevent the inevitable. I couldn't stand it and it caused my glasses to fog.
    My husband is lucky. He gets a cold and sleeps, wakes up if he has to work, and then sleeps some more. He sleeps the cold away.

    When I get a cold I develop extreme insomnia and end up dozing in the recliner so I can breathe better. Vicks helps. So does ambien (taken as directed, only). I become so grouchy that it worries my little Pomeranian, and then I end up feeling ashamed, hugging and apologizing to the poor little guy. My husband has learned that I am a b**** when I have cold and doesn't bother me. Usually I am better in eight very long days.

    Oh, it's only November, only five more high cold risk months left. Colds and viruses are what I hate about winter.
    Does anyone else have dogs that seem to know their owner is coming down with something before any symptoms appear? Several times in the past, a day or two before I developed a sore throat, my dog would insist upon repeatedly getting up in my face, and then smelling my mouth. That is something that he does not normally do. I think he can smell infection starting.

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    1. My dogs just come to bed with me , william under the duvet with his had on the pillow....unfortunately winnie is in season so has ben banashed to the kitchen

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    2. have you heard about the dogs who sniffed out cancer in their owners?
      One i heard of kept obsessively licking at the area of the cancer, another suddenly didnt want to go near the owner, he was all friendly again after the cancer surgery

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  55. I'm a 'piss off and let me suffer in peace' sort of person, my beloved is a 'sit and stroke my fevered brow & suck my cock' type

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    1. AND THE PRIZE for the best blog comment today is HESTER!!!!!!

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    2. Well he claims it makes him feel better, and who am I to deny him comfort!

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    3. I've never claimed otherwise!

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    4. Three best comment replies!
      You star!

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  56. Am wishing you better as don't like being told to bog\bugger\sod \ f__k off ( delete as required) Sounds like Prof needs to improve bedside manner. You can't clean up animal mess if sick. Need to milk it a bit and really make the most of the pampering while you can.

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    1. He's consistantly inconsistant x

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  57. I sleep. And if I can't sleep, I cry. If I cry in my sleep, you should call the undertaker.

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  58. Hope he took the doggies for their early morning walkies. BTW does he blog? Would love to hear his side of living with you and the menagerie of furry and feathered beasts. Wish you better. Lots of fluids, hot toddy and a hot man!

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    1. Tomorrow , i shall do just that! A week in the life of the Professor !

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  59. Oh John, I hope by this morning you are better. I never get ill as I have no-one to look after me (no self-pity intended, LOL!) I have been nursing a sick and ageing husband since May this year. By Sept he almost died in the doctor's surgery but made it. Since we've moved away from our previous place, he has been ill twice here in the mountains.Here we are 20km from a doctor we don't know (and I don't want to get involved with) So I nursed him... He eventually shook himself out of the depression, illness and lethargy when I told him that I'd looked on Youtube to learn how to lay out a body. xx He's right as rain now!

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