Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gimmie a Break!

No, I'm not looking for a Kit Kat Bar...

I just need one of those good, old fashioned breaks where I can kick my feet up and relax. I realized the other day that I have been more sick this year and have taken far longer to recover from each episode than any other year to date. I'm pretty sure that has a lot to do with stress. I've actually been eating better in the past few months and haven't been staying up as late as I normally would have in the past. I've even been making an effort to drink more water.

I've made an appointment to see the doctor this afternoon to take a look at this cough that's been around for almost two weeks now. I figured it would be a good idea once I started seeing a fair amount of blood when I blew my nose, despite my learned distrust of the majority in the medical profession after my time in the military... If blood were any indicator of emergency, which I doubt in this case, then I was right to make the appointment since I ended up getting two full-blown bloody noses last night.

The good news is that we have a vacation coming up soon. A real one. We're going on a cruise! I'm pretty excited, but it's getting close enough that I'm getting a little nervous too. There are so many things to plan and to remember to bring. We booked this vacation months and months ago but the closer it gets, the more I worry about whether or not we are forgetting something.


It turns out that I hit the jackpot! I've got bronchitis, a sinus infection, and inflammation of the throat. This won me the fabulous prize of antibiotics and cough syrup from the pharmacy! Yay! Wait a second... that doesn't sound like a prize at all! As my kids would say, "What the buttmunch!?" (No, I don't know if it's supposed to mean anything, and I simply do not ask... the mental picture is enough for me.)

I have also talked to my supervisor and he has agreed to allow me to take a 30 day leave of absence. At this point I think that if I had continued to push myself under these conditions I would have eventually puttered out and would have thrown in the towel altogether. At least this way I can lean on my savings and take a much needed rest so I can better handle the stress that can build up with this job. It just doesn't makes sense to fight mental stress while your body is under siege, probably due to a weaker immune system caused by all the stress. What a vicious cycle!

So, I hope to rest a bit over the next few days and then turn towards writing as a way to filter off more of the tension that has built up over these past few months. I won't expect anything great, what ever comes will come and that will be just fine.

Thank you all for stopping in to visit me from time to time. I really do appreciate each and every one of you!

Aren't bloody noses fun? Here's a pic of me looking very shabby...


Jena Isle said...

Hi Brady,

That must be uncomfortable. You, indeed, need a break. Enjoy your vacation and we'll be waiting for your great "comeback" short story.

All the best and get well soon.

Dave King said...

You see that doc pretty soon now, eh?