A Simple Solution for Sickness

Sun 1/30/2011

I talk to my parents back in Seattle every week, and whenever I happen to tell them I'm sick, my Dad usually says something along the lines of "Excellent! Another chance for you to strengthen your immune system." My Dad is a doctor, which I guess, explains this favorable outlook on illness.

This is my longwinded way of saying that I was sick as a dog this week. I made it through my class on Monday no problem, and then on Tuesday, about half way through Senior Thesis Seminar I got a really bad headache. By the time I made it home after class, it had blossomed into one of the worst migraine headaches I have ever had. I spent the rest of the day in bed, trying to remain motionless and to avoid all light and sound.

Somehow, that was just like a horrible "Coming Attractions" for a four-day feature presentation of fever, sore throat, coughing, sneezing and more crushing headaches. It feels like I get sick a lot, maybe because I have been IN, or teaching AT colleges for the last... 6 years? There are plenty of other CCSers who are sick right now as well.

Usually I "soldier through" and try to keep working even when my body is very clearly telling me it needs to rest. This time, however, my body had Claire as its ally. I was told to rest, and rest I did! For an unheard of FOUR DAYS, I did very little at all, except lie in bed and feel miserable. I can happily report that I am now feeling better, and that four days of doing nothing is much better than my usual two weeks of getting a small pile of work done and feeling like crap the whole time. So here's to common sense and caring partners!

Speaking of which, Claire has finally launched her website! She's going to be posting some of her old toy designs, illustrations, commissions, gifts and other various projects and hopefully soon, some of her newer ones too. I'm pretty excited about it. Obviously I'm biased, but I think I can honestly say that she's one of the most creative people I've ever met.

The only other thing I have to report is that earlier this week, just before I got sick, I became extremely frustrated while trying to deal with my student loan lender, and so I finally just wrote them a huge check which put an end to the whole business. It'll mean pinching some pennies for the next few months, but I'm saving a couple hundred bucks in interest by cutting it short, and it feels great to be out from under their thumb. There are many PEOPLE I can think of to whom I am indebted (including my parents and my late grandmother who also helped me pay off much of these student loans) but I no longer owe one red cent to any COMPANY on earth!

5 comments on this entry

Woo! Out from the corporate yoke! Now THAT'S something ta celebrate!!

Pat Jan31

The paid-off student loan news almost balances out the report of illness. Yay Claire for chaining you to the bed!
Paying off debt...that's great. Just bite the bullet and write the check, then eat saltines and beans for six months if you have to, but get 'er done. Interest on loans is *such* a killer.

Al Wesolowsky Jan31

Congrats on paying off those student loans, Buddy! The bigger development was you listening to somebody asking you to slow down :) This Claire must be one hell of a lady.

school loans being a thing of the past is a huge blessing. Glad you are feeling better, man.

As a migraine-prone person, I feel your pain!

Glad to hear you're feeling better and congrats on paying off the loans!!

Keep up the good work :)

HK Jan31

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