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And the flu marches on. @ 07:04 am


Just got a call from my mom. She is going to call an ambulance to take her to the emergency room. She has been suffering from a 'cold' for about five days, and says now that it is in her chest. I'm really hoping that she hasn't got pneumonia. She says she knows she is dehydrated because her throat hurts too much to swallow even liquids, so just getting an IV started should improve her condition.

In my mind this is not a 'Dial 911' emergency, but Mom is a frequent visitor to the ER; either they don't have an urgent care facility in Galesburg or she doesn't want to go there, and her doctor refers all urgent calls to his nurse practitioner. Mom hates her, and isn't willing to change doctors. I guarantee that she will wail for weeks about how badly she was treated in the ER and how she isn't going back again no matter what. Nothing I can do about it. My gut feeling is that they won't admit her to the hospital, but they may, just because of her age.

I know it sounds selfish and cold, but it would nearly kill me if her condition is so bad that I have to fly back there.

I'm having sleeping issues. Started on my trip, but I thought that was just sleeping in a strange and uncomfortable bed, but it has actually been worse since I got back. Despite a 90 minute massage yesterday, the muscles in my shoulders and neck are still tight and painful. I'm also still having coughing fits. I think I'm over the virus but am still coughing due to lingering irritation in my throat and bronchial tubes. I have a medicine cabinet filled with cold remedies, but not one drop of cough syrup.

So still groggy from too little sleep, and coughing fits that are exhausting and make my muscles hurt worse. If I don't feel a lot better after my second cup of coffee I'm going back to bed.

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This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry