Tales of a Sick Girl

When I was young sick days only happened after I went to school and spent time in the nurses office and farmer dad would stop the tractors and come get me. We would hop in his dirty hay covered 1987 red ford pick up and drive to the local clinic where everyone knew us. Then we would go to the pharmacy and he would let me stay in the car while he went in to grab prescriptions always coming out with some sort of candy bar and by request Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Sick half days were awesome because it was just my dad and me watching full house, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, and Home Improvement until the rest of the gang came home then he went back to the fields.

Sick days as an adult are nothing like sick days as a kid. First, for me it’s the struggle of feeling guilty not going to work. Then the “I can take care of myself” kicks in and I start self prescribing what I have based on what my friends have kicks in. Then after all that medication fails it is the question of what doctor to see and heaven forbid if you forget your insurance card even if you’re a patient there they treat you like they have never seen you before. Being sick is so complicated it’s one big “think for yourself and figure it out,” which in itself can be daunting while sick.

Last week I painfully reflected on my lack of running the previous week summarizing why I didn’t run at all which I thought was due to stress, weather, and a dash of feeling lazy. It turns out my body was sending me signals that week which were followed by some serious feeling ailments. Interestingly enough before I could jump back into the running saddle like I was craving my body decided to confine me to a sick bubble.

I woke up last Wednesday with burning in my lungs, ears popping, and head feeling like it was going to explode.  I would have rather run two marathons in one day then experience the pain I had gotten myself into.  I thought I had a cold no big deal everyone has a cold right now so I thought this is the cold. Then after I realized I couldn’t breath I finally came to my senses and went to see my internal medicine doctor later that day. After my evaluation and a scan my doctor looked at me like I was crazy.

The final diagnosis was scary I have waking pneumonia, double ear infection, and a sinus infection. My mouth dropped knowing all that sounded way worse than a common cold. The inevitable truth was that I would have to stop running until I can breathe without having to use my inhaler daily. Inhaler? I asked and yes… This never had an asthma attack marathon runner has to use an inhaler at lest twice a day and in between as needed. On top of that I have to take a bunch of other drugs that have made me sick, dizzy, forgetful, delirious, etc..so its been just wonderful in my world over here.

This past week has been a blur of crazy dreams from my medication and bad bad bad daytime TV. I resisted the urge to blog or get on social media because I tried to focus on getting myself well so I’m sorry for my disappearing act and lack of communication.  I did however think way too much about running and I may have done way too much shopping (sales of course).


Sole Society Shoes on sale for $24

Needless to say I miss the good old sick days with my dad and I even sort of crave the smell of hay when I’m sick – it comforts me. It’s too bad these days being sick can’t be just that your sick so drop everything. I’m glad I took this last week and this week easy and I’m planning on getting back into routine next week. In the end no matter what our philosophy is on treating a sickness it will likely never be as good as we had it when we were kids.

I have to say the support from everyone was so uplifting and every get well message was appreciated. So thank you all so much for checking in on me.

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What were sick days like for you as a kid? or what do you do with your kids when they are sick?
How do you treat yourself when you are sick, do you have guilty feelings about missing work?

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12 Responses to Tales of a Sick Girl

  1. Oh no! …yeah that is worst than the common cold. :( I’m so sorry – and I hope you feel better soon! Sick days are not really fun as an adult, but they are necessary to rest up and get better! I love that you snagged those shoes- way to make lemonade out of lemons! Feel better!!

    • Holly says:

      Thank you girl! I think your right…I didn’t see it that way but being sick saved me money because I had more time to shop the sales than make a rash decision. You always find the best deals though!

  2. vitatrain4life says:

    Being sick as an adult is the absolute worst! I love that your daddy took care of you when you were little. Those were the days! And, daytime TV? Horrible. Hope you’re back to yourself and your running soon!!

    • Holly says:

      Thanks girl! I’m sure your sons love the mommy daddy treatment when they are feeling under the weather. I came so close to ordering netflix but I refrained because I knew I’d get addicted to all the options!

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Drats! I used to get ear infections as a child a lot – to the point where I had to have a procedure done. I know that sucks. I also got pneumonia a few years ago – it was the WORST experience of my life. I really hope you get better soon!

  4. cldem says:

    Oh my gosh, you poor thing! Pneumonia is terrible on its own, but with ear infections too! Hopefully you’re finally on the mend.

    • Holly says:

      Thanks girl! Feeling like a whole new person this week. Thankfully I found out what it was otherwise I’d be out sick for a few weeks instead of days from work.

  5. This post couldn’t come at a better time for me. I’m still recovering from sickness with a pretty nasty cough. Gosh, walking pneumonia…I hope you are feeling much better! I always feel SO GUILTY staying home sick. When I was a kid I was always in school, I never missed days…so it still feels wrong for me, even though I know it’s the right thing to do.

    • Holly says:

      I hope by now your feeling better too! The feeling of good and bad comes and goes depending on my level of rest or stress for the day but overall this week I’m feeling up to running again. I’m glad you feel the same way about work it just means were good people and perhaps we like our jobs a lot haha?

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