Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Getting back on my feet...or trying to...
A case where a mundane activity becomes a high spot...

As any of you who've read this blog over the past couple of weeks has become aware of (mainly because I can be mind-numbingly repetitious), I have been under the weather. Really, I think the person who gave me this cold/deadly affliction/epidemic should be quarantined for the rest of his/her natural days. And quarantined after death, too. Because, the cold I have/had was nasty enough to make the DEAD wretch. I am not kidding, this is among the sickest I've ever been. But you already know that, don't ya? And yer probably thinking, "well, if he WAS sick, what is he now? I can't tell any difference..."

While slodging my way out to the kitchen the other day...('slodging' is a silogism on my part, a cross between 'sloth' and 'trudging'), and going thru the various labors to make coffee and pop a couple pieces of bread into the toaster (nutritional breakfast, huh?), I noticed that I was out of EVERYTHING. No food! The last time I ran out of food, I was basically too sick to even stand for more than a couple of minutes. Too dizzy to drive. All of a sudden, everything was so far away and so unreachable. That was when I had a cab driver deliver a batch of groceries. Cab drivers are heroes, by the way. Unsung heroes. And that batch of groceries lasted me a couple of weeks. Makes me think, if I didn't have to eat, I'd sure save a lot of money...

Well, I've been impatiently awaiting the day I could go back out into society. Hmmm...that sounds like a prisoner's state of mind; well, I was a prisoner...of my own body. Last week, I got into my car, just to see how I'd feel behind the wheel. I backed up about 4 or 5 feet (don't worry, I have a long driveway), and that little bit of 'motion' made me dizzy and I pulled forward a little ways, and got out of the car. Nope, not ready to drive yet. Well, this week, I've been feeling better, still a little dizzy, but the weather has been so nice, and I was out of groceries, and sorry, but I didn't want to pay the cabbie another delivery fee, so I got in the car again. I backed it up a little ways, and I still felt a bit dizzy behind the wheel. But this time, I thot, "well, I'll just drive around the block and see how I feel"...

It was almost like learning to drive all over again. I backed up slowly, onto the small county road my driveway empties onto, and began forward momentum around the block. And I found that as long as I gazed straight ahead, I was okay. If I moved my head from side to side, I would get a little dizzy. But I could still use my mirrors, and I could see off to the side a bit, even when facing straight ahead. So I got onto the main road, which can get pretty busy sometimes, but I accelerated up to 35, then to 40 miles an hour, and hey, things were going pretty well. I'd initially thought of stopping at the small market about half a mile from where I live, but I decided to pass that up, and drive the 2 and a half miles into town, and actually go to a SUPERMARKET.

When I got to the store, I had a plan. I was still a little unsure on my feet, but I reasoned that if I could hang on to a grocery cart, I wouldn't lose my balance. And that's what I did. Wow! Me! Grocery shopping! I felt like I'd been just let out on parole. And I'll tell ya, it sure seems like grocery prices have been going up...the only frivolous items I bought were a couple packs of "Red Vines", a cherry licorice that is just so doggone good. Mostly, I bought cans of soup, a few cans of sliced peaches (mmmmm), a couple jugs of milk, a loaf of bread, you know, the usual stuff. And I'd spent almost $100!!!!! Back when I worked at a grocery store when I was in high school, $100 dollars would fill up several grocery carts and take the better part a half-hour to put away.

When I got home, my $100 dollars worth of groceries DID take me half-an-hour to put away, but then again, I'm still kinda wobbly. Like that newborn calf who's kinda shaky until he gets used to walking. So I got the groceries unloaded. The sun was still out, so I decided to go to a little county park near here, where the parking area overlooks the ocean. So I did. I stayed in today, but tomorrow, well, I have to go pick up some prescriptions. Society Beware! I will unleash myself upon you again in just a little while. Don't say I didn't warn ya! I remember, as a kid, when one of my friends told me that it would be easy for me to get a job standing in front of a grocery store making people sick. Lately, just lately, I would have been supremely qualified for such an occupation. I guess the big lesson in all of this, is that the bad times, no matter how bad they are, pass, and life goes on.

Let me dedicate the following line to everyone who's suffering from a cold right now. This is a little bit of wisdom I picked up a long time ago: "When you're sitting with your honey, and your nose is very runny, she might just think it's funny, but IT'S NOT!" (say it fast a couple of times; you'll get it)


Blogger Dogwalkmusings said...

You're probably the only guy I'll ever know that can make me laugh while being sick as a dog!

What a long spell you've had. Glad you're finally on the mend. Beware of relapse. It can be even worse.

Don't ya love it when people say things like this?


2:08 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Hi, Ms. Dogwalker...I guess you just have to accept everything that happens, and remember the old adage, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"...and since I am blog-addicted, being ill gives me more stuff to post.

Ooooh, relapse...don't SAY that! I'm still feeling feeble...maybe, just maybe, tho, I'm immune so I don't need a flu shot now, because I'VE ALREADY HAD THE DAMN FLU?????

Maybe I could go back to the doctor's office building where I got sick in the first place, and get a FLU SHOT there, and then I could go out in society and touch off an epidemic???

I guess one can look at the bright side...having the flu hasn't made me any crazier...I think...

2:55 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

did you know you can get your flu shot at the grocery store?
Glad you're starting to feel better.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Thank you, Ms. Denise; I'll keep that in mind...I've been advised that maybe I shouldn't get a flu shot until I've been well for a while. I'm inclined to agree; at this point, I sure don't need a relapse!

2:01 AM  

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