Thursday, January 22, 2009


Calling in to work for me is like raising the white flag. Admitting defeat and the inability to simultaneously handle the eight million things I attempt to do (badly) on a daily basis. However, I realized I had become sicker than my patients and retreated. I found myself hoping that I had strep throat so that a quick, antibiotic solution could be found and I could be back to it ASAP.

No such luck. As I secretly suspected, I have a viral URI. The second one in three weeks. This is the only downside to working peds. Otherwise, I adore peds. In the end, I had to call in. I can't learn or treat patients when all I can physically do is cough.

This means that I had to slow way down. This drives me bananas. For all but five hours of the last two days, I have been in my house, alternately blowing my nose and coughing. Tonight, I am finally going more than 10 minutes between coughs. Quite the triumph. I am so ready to go back to work.

On the upside, my looking forward to work remids me that the time in coming to decide what I am going to do with my life. Ugh - another day.


  1. You have probably heard of this remedy for coughing, but my friend Joanne has tried it and totally swears by it, so I'll tell you in case you haven't heard it. When you go to bed, put Vicks Vapo-rub on your feet, then put on socks, then go to sleep. No coughing. You HAVE to put on the socks, apparently. No skipping that part. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. Glad you're writing again - it's very therapeutic, I hear!

    Hope you feel better soon!