36/365: Wednesday, February 5th. I make a couple of gallons of iced tea every week. I used to drink it super sweet but a little over a year ago when I started trying to cut calories, I began sweetening with just a little Splenda and I prefer it this way now.
37/365: Thursday, February 6th. One of my tires went flat at work and I stood outside in 11 degrees for about 30 minutes while it was being changed. When I came back inside, I could not stop shivering. An hour and a half later when I left work, I was still shivering and my back and neck had an all-too-familiar ache. I knew I was coming down with a fever. I had a bit of a sore throat but couldn't believe that I'd have strep again so soon. I went home and isolated myself in my room.
38/365: Friday, February 7th. After suffering through a miserable night, I barely moved from the bed all day. I didn't go to work and didn't see the boys other than my brief trips to the kitchen for water or medicine. I called my doctor to make an appointment but of course they had nothing available. I thought about going to urgent care but was foolishly optimistic that I was getting better when taking 3 Aleves eased the severity of my throat pain for a few hours. By midnight, my fevers were gone but my sore throat was even more excruciating. The photo was taken around 10pm when I finally felt well enough to sit up and do a little work while watching the Opening Ceremonies of the winter games.
39/365: Saturday, February 8th. I went to Urgent Care as soon as the doors opened Saturday morning and the doc confirmed that I had strep throat, that I didn't have mono, and sent me on my way with a penicillin prescription. By Saturday afternoon, Ryan was itching to get out of the house with the boys so he took them to dinner and the toy store. I decided there was no reason for me to sit there by myself, so I went to Target and sat at Starbucks for a good 30 minutes sipping hot tea with honey before buying some chloraseptic, chamomile tea, lozenges, and Cepacol. I'm not sure any of it did anything for my sore throat, but it was worth a shot.
40/365: Sunday, February 9th. I decided to end my solitary confinement since I'd been on antibiotics for 24+ hours, I missed my family, and we all had a bit of cabin fever. We took the boys to see The Lego Movie (so cute!). After we came home, I planned to get that flat tire fixed before something happened to my spare, but the tire store was packed. I opted to take my car to get washed, inside and out, in hopes of eliminating some of my sick germs from an environment that I am constantly breathing in, coughing in, and touching with my hands.
41/365: Monday, February 10th. We ate at McAlister's Deli while my car was being taken care of at the tire shop and when we got home, I let the boys try the new Marshmallow Crispy Oreos. Theo said "Mom, these are delicious. Absolutely delicious." When did he turn thirty again??
42/365: February 11th. I pass this church and cemetery on my way to work every day and always want to stop and take a picture, but never make time. So on this day, I did. The windows on the church have some beautiful detail but as I approached the church, I drove up on a truck sitting next to it and didn't want to creep someone out by getting a close up, so I kept on driving until I got this view from a distance. I'll keep looking for an opportunity to be a creep when no one's there.
Not a single picture of Dexter this week, that's kind of sad. I took some, they just didn't make the cut for the post. I took very few pictures on my sick days and rarely ever left my room so I sure wasn't taking pictures of the boys those 3-4 days. Shew. I'm going to rename this challenge Catch the Disease 365. Surely it has to get better, right? Soon?
What's your favorite picture this week? I like the one of the church (day 42) but I know I can do better.