Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Not even halfway through the week yet and I am struggling with the first real cold I've had all year.

It's not awful, except some of the side effects are ridiculous. I have what I can only assume is a swollen lymph node (I've never had one before) and it's almost completely deformed the left side of my face. I swear to god, I'm afraid this will never go away and I'll be left looking like the elephant man forever.
(This photo may appear entirely normal, but my jaw is NOT normally that round--that's where the swelling is. Ick.)

Other than that, I'm not coughing or sneezing or anything of that nature. I go from feeling okay (from when I first wake up until about 11:00 AM) to feeling like death warmed over. Currently, I'm on my lunch break and cannot decide if I'm going to pass out or hurl.

Yesterday my face was all flushed and I was alternatively cold and hot, so I took my temperature--a perfect 98.6. Weird.

This wouldn't matter to me if I wasn't so goddamned busy. I have a transcription file that I tried to get through last night but wasn't able to. I'm trying to do it on my lunch break but it's too damn loud in this cafeteria. I also have a writing group meeting tonight, so I'll be going straight there from work. Then, I'll hurry home (and be home for 9:30 PM!) to finish this transcription file.

Logically, I should probably go home and get some extra sleep right now. But I won't. I can't miss any more work (I'm out of sick/vacation time.) and this writing group is a luxury--we only meet once a month and I always look forward to it. There's no way I can miss it.

So I will push on. Thank goodness I have tomorrow off. I hope I can sleep off this sickness!

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