I'm down with a cold. Or at least I'm pretty sure it's a cold, as opposed to an acute case of allergies.
Did I catch it from my husband, who had laryngitis two weeks ago, followed by persistent stuffy nose and cough?
Did I catch it from my neighbor, who had an upper respiratory infection, coughing next to me in my car, reassuring me she was no longer infectious?
Did I catch it from my client, who, just last week, wondered aloud if her symptoms were due to allergies or a cold?
No matter, right? It's got me, whatever it is. Whomever it's from.
I opted to cancel several appointments. Today was a long, full day of too many clients back-to-back. I kept three appointments in the middle of the day. And then, as luck would have it, one of the three kept appointments called to cancel, leaving a voice message, "I've got a cold." Of course, it had to be the middle appointment.
So I ended up seeing two patients. One who was kind enough to come in early. I headed to the office with relief. Two appointments sounded entirely doable. Or so I thought.
Everyone knows my job involves listening. But it also involves talking, in between listening. It was in the middle of one of these, my-turn-to-talk turns, that I found out that my cold is much easier to abide when I keep my mouth shut.
Talking brought on fierce bouts of coughing, sputtering, eye-watering and nose running. Where the intake of breath between coughs brought on even more severe fits of coughing. Undignified and unprofessional slobberring attacks.
Do you know the kind of hacking, tickling, choking cough I mean? The only thing that prevents these cough attacks is to (1) drink one cup of hot tea after another, or (2) continously suck on Moutain Herb Reeeeee-Co-Laaaas.
Fortunately, the cough attacks occurred during my second appointment. Meaning, soon after, I was able to pack up and head home. Very relieved that I hadn't pressed my luck.
So now I'm home, alone in my room, comfortably blogging and blowing
my nose and puffing,
gleefully allowing the husband to deal with dinner prep and the kids: their homework, after school pick-ups, their squabbles.
All was well and good until Sam was off playing Taxi-Cab Dad. When I heard this urgent shout,
I jumped up, heart racing, laptop-sy-turvy,
"What is it?!" I yelled back.
"Oh, nothing. I just wondered where you were."
But other than the one panic inducing interruption? I have to say?
I rather like my quiet exile.
Cold or no.
"Leave Mom alone," I hear Sam telling one of the kids.
(Who among us doesn't liken these words to the sound of heavenly choirs of angels singing?)
"Leave Mom alone. She's not feeling good."
Little do they know my well-kept secret.
That right now?
I'm feeling damned good.