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Not well

All through the winter, when the weather was cold and the heating was broken, I was fine; healthy as a horse, in fact. However, now that spring has sprung and the temperatures are slowly but surely creeping up, up, up, I've come down with the mother of all colds. My head hurts, my eyes burn, my nose runs and my throat feels like it's made of sandpaper, and I have these minutes-long sneezing fits that wear me out while making everyone around me laugh because they say I sneeze like a cat (and why should that be funny? I don't get it). I doubt I'll feel any better tomorrow, but I don't want to be calling in sick on the first day of my second week on the job -- though equally, I don't want to be spreading my germs among my new co-workers, either. What to do? I wish I knew. "Eat kiwifruit", my friend advised; but I think it's a bit late for that. Though, come to think of it, I do like kiwifruit even without hope of benefit from their medicinal quality, so I'll put them on my grocery list for today anyway.

But first, the ironing! Oh, my weekends - how eventful they are!



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Apr. 10th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I have exactly the same cold! And I keep thinking I am over it but it keeps re-infecting and it's been three weeks now — sneezing attacks, headache, dry hot eyes, irritated almost allergic cough.... miserable.

I hope the new job is going well!

And I am glad you call them kiwifruit, as we do. It annoys me hearing Americans call them "kiwis". We are kiwis, and the birds are kiwis; the fruit are kiwifruit.
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Erm...yes, well...to be honest, we do refer to them as 'kiwis' in Dutch, and have to rely on context to determine whether we mean the bird, the fruit or the New Zealander. But I've always known them as kiwifruit in English, so I'm glad that appellation meets with your approval ;-)

The job seems to be going fine so far, but it's early days yet and I'm kind of curious (as well as a little anxious) to see how it will pan out when I've been in it a little longer.
Apr. 10th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel a bit less grotty tomorrow - I know what you mean about not wanting to be off sick so soon!
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I can't take time off this soon or they'll think I'm not taking this job seriously enough. Really, this cold's timing couldn't be worse.
Apr. 10th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
drugs! drugs! and then more drugs!
and if that doesn't make any difference - going in to work and saying - well, if you insist ...
when they tell you to go home :-)
Apr. 10th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, my medicine cabinet is bare, so drugs are not an option. I'm liking your Plan B, though...
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Of course, you probably picked up the cold from your new colleagues - there's nothing like mixing with a different group of people to make you sick!

Hope you're feeling better very soon, and that the job is going well.
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Zackly. On all counts.
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
You may be right...well, in that case, I won't feel guilty about re-infecting them. How dare they give me their colds!

The job's going well, but I've only been there a week and have a feeling I've only been scratching the surface so far. We should get down to the nitty-gritty later this week, as my manager's indicated he wants to put time aside to discuss my ideas for improving customer satisfaction with regards to the AppleCare repair process -- which, considering I have none, will be interesting.
Apr. 10th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Bummer. I hope you feel better soon!
Apr. 10th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Apr. 10th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds really terrible :(

I hope you get well soon!

Edited at 2011-04-10 10:55 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-)
Apr. 11th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)
It's your new workplace that's at fault! You've entered a new environment and it's full of germs that you haven't encountered before. It happens at our work too - someone new gets sick a lot, almost as soon as they start with us.

Get well soon. And: aren't there any pharmacies there where you can buy some Codral (not the new formulation, the old stuff that actually works!). *hug*
Apr. 11th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't know; I've never heard of Codral but then, I never buy any meds other than asperine, and even that rarely...There's very little that actually available over the counter in The Netherlands. I might get some Lemsip, though...

We went out for lunch today, me, my manager, his manager and the woman I've come to cover for. It was the first day this year that we could go out without coats and we sat out in the sunshine -- it would have been heavenly if I could have stopped blowing my nose every 5 seconds ;-)
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Codral is a cold and flu formula that you can buy over the counter. It's fairly strong - paracetamol, codeine and psuedoephedrine. I've seen it overseas, but it is often used to make speed/meth, so it can be hard to get hold of. Psuedoephedrine is a powerful drug that is both a stimulant and dries up your sinuses and runny nose, and with the other two drugs as painkillers, you feel human again pretty quickly after taking it, and can go back to work and basically be productive. Sometimes I get a little high from the codeine, but most of the time the codeine and the psuedoephedrine cancel each other out. It's a wonderful drug when you are sick. Failing that, you can often get Sudafed and take some painkillers with it instead.

At least they won't be questioning your dedication when you actually DO call in sick now. *hug*
Apr. 13th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Codeine, or anything containing it, is prescription-only in The Netherlands. Luckily, my cold seems to be getting better already -- I should be back to normal shortly after the weekend, I expect.
Apr. 16th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
You and me both! Although I think I'm getting them via the various sick kids in Ex-Cheddar's nursery. Well, at least we can't catch that particular cold bug again.
Apr. 16th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon!
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