Crap. I'm sick.

I blame Murphy, as I oftne do. He's one rat bastard.

I should have known the PowerBook would arrive today (err, technically that was yesterday).

I woke up this morning (yesterday morning... whatever) feeling a bit tired and stuffed up, but figured it was my allergies acting up again. I took some Benadryl, which helps but makes me tired. (That's an understatement. It's like taking a powerful sleeping pill.) However, by lunch time the tiredness hadn't worn off yet and I couldn't focus on anything. I figured I just needed some food. But that didn't help either.

It wasn't until about 2pm that my head started to hurt and I got really tired. And I noticed a hint of a sore throat. That's when I knew I was sick.

I could blame the weather in Cleveland this past weekend. It was cooler and rainy. And it seems that Mike also has a sore throat, so maybe there's something to that.

I held out as long as I could but head to head home during the worst traffic (about 6pm). By 8pm I was in asleep. I slept about 3 hours before getting up to eat and watch The Empire Strikes Back. That's what your supposed to do when sick, right? :-)

Anyway, I found some "expired" Tylenol Allergy Sinus tablets in the medicine cabinet and it seems to be doing a decent job of keeping some of the symptoms at bay.

Am I the only one who doesn't believe the expiration dates on OTC medication?

Ugh. Now I have to look at my meeting schedule tomorrow to see what I can do about being at work for a few hours rather than all day. I'd rather not infect the rest of the company.

Hopefully I'll be well enough to fly this weekend. It's looking like some good Spring soaring conditions will be upon us.

Meanwhile, the heat is turned up and I've "fed" my cold. The only real benefit is that I may find time to catch up on some stuff that I've been behind on--when I'm not sleeping. Being sick does that sometimes. And my sleep schedule should be amusing too.

Posted by jzawodn at May 05, 2004 12:43 AM

Reader Comments
# Aristotle Pagaltzis said:

"oftne"? "but head to head home"? Well, at least you can plead sickness. :)

Get well soon.

on May 5, 2004 05:15 AM
# Steve Friedl said:

Benadryl is not "like" taking a powerful sleeping pill; it *is* a powerful sleeping pill (same stuff as Sominex).

on May 5, 2004 08:01 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

Hey, I hope you feel better by next weekend. I was thinking about dinner with ya on Sunday, since I get in town around 2pm.

on May 5, 2004 10:05 AM
# Ivan Tumanov said:

I don't believe OTC drug expiration dates either. Just because some guy in a white coat figured out that it loses 10% of its potency after 2 years and the FDA said that's what the expiration period means, does not imply that it won't help you kill off some of those symptoms.

For that matter, I don't really believe expiration and sell-by dates on milk and food products either. Most of the time you can tell that they're bad by smell/color/texture/etc.

Feel better dude. I caught something this weekend and wasted a perfectly good Sunday being comatose, so at least you got this on a weekday. ;)

on May 5, 2004 10:17 AM
# Peter Pentchev said:

...and then there's the case when the expiration date tells you something entirely different from what the producers meant - like the time when a friend of mine saw a milk carton with an expiration date ten years in the future. Are there people who really *buy* the stuff? For a duration of ten years, it'd have to contain precious little milk in a sea of preservatives...

on May 5, 2004 11:11 AM
# david said:

At least you can now concentrate on thoes hideous spiders that are around your house..

on May 5, 2004 11:37 AM
# Jaxn said:

I got a whole bunch of children's tylenol and benedryl from a fried who worked at a drug store. These boxes of OTC drugs had expired and they were going to throw them out. I called the doctor before giving them to my sons and the docs said the same thing about it meaning the drugs _may_ have lost _some_ of their effectiveness.

It has saved me a fair amount of money.

on May 5, 2004 07:31 PM
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