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Lingering

The summer cold is much better, but not completely gone, mainly because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in six nights. Why, you ask? Well, my husband was out of town for the past week while Wito and I were left here to drown in our snot. Of course, I couldn’t tell you this because I’m filled with paranoia self-destroya about announcing to the internet that I’m all by myself, PLEASE COME KILL ME.

(Also, I think it’s important to point out that while I was dying over here, he was in the midst of a furnishings installation at one of his client’s homes in a swanky resort town, sipping pinot noir and marveling at the majestic beauty of the mountains.)

(For six days.)

(While I died.)

So, yes, AS USUAL, within thirty minutes of dropping D off at the airport last Tuesday, Wito was covered in phlegm. (Why is that the case, people? WHY??? 3 out of the 4 times he has left town, Wito has come down with an uber illness! GAH.)

However, my positive attitude was steadfast. Wito’s cold was not going to put a hamper on our time alone! I put him down for a nap, hopped on the Wii Fit for a rousing round of Super Hula, and within 15 minutes, felt that familiar raw tingling in my throat.

That was 2:45 on Tuesday. Game over.

Since that time, my nights and days have been filled with frequent wakings (Wito) and frequent tantrums (me). That second child we were thinking about attempting? After this week of horrible sleep? Maybe we should push that out a leeetle further, honey.

And the best part? Right as Wito started feeling better and sleeping through the night, my cough started and I hacked my damn brains out all night.

(The complaining! How do I stop it?)

The bright side! D is back, the babysitter watched Wito while D and I had a nice lunch at a fab restaurant with the ocean breeze blowing through my horribly tangled hair, and I’m feeling much better. I think I need to be a Lady Who Lunches. You know, just in case you were wondering. I can’t even remember the last time I had lunch without worrying about Wito being messy/bored/not eating/too loud. I’m sick of the parental shifts, where one parent scarfs down food while the other walks around with the child. DOWN WITH THE SHIFTS! JOIN THE REVOLUTION!

I think I would be an excellent LWL, and I must admit, the one Cadillac margarita I had before my meal was the perfect cocktail to give me that tingly buzz while the sun warmed my raw nose. (Of course, the Alka Seltzer Cold Medicine gelcap I took beforehand might have played a mild part in the buzzing…honest mistake, I swear.)

Now, if I could quit blowing my nose every 32 seconds, my life would be heavenly.

(I bought a Neti Pot. I’m scared to use it. More on that later.)

Good night to all.

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  • gorillabuns

    June 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    You can have one of my slightly grown kids or a 1/3 gestated one. Take your pick. I’ll ship them to you. For free. SERIOUSLY!!!

  • little miss mel

    June 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    glad all is feeling better. Especially sleeping back through the night boy (so jealous)

    Remind me to NEVER feel sorry for D. That Punk! ha.

    Get down with your bad self and the neti pot. You’ll love it!

  • slynnro

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    What is a neti pot????

  • sizzle

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I am seriously frightened of the neti pot. Please post pictures of tutorial like you do with the hair styling.

    ;-)

    P.S. My nephew has had a high fever every time my BIL goes out of town on business. Coincidence? I think not!

  • rebecca

    June 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I bought a neti pot back in February when I had lost all hope. I will say that it made me feel somewhat better, but the initial experience was bizarre. I think if I was even more regular with it, I was see it’s true value.

    ps…do not post a picture tutorial. You would not want to show the internet what comes out when you use the neti pot (trust me :)

  • Mel

    June 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I too was first FRIGHTENED of the Neti Pot. I love it now.

    Advice for a Neti-Pot version — Do NOT use as much salt solution as they say to. Go from none and gradually add in a little more each time you use it. Everytime I feel a sinus infection creep up or my allergies are getting to me, I use mine. Some people use theirs more regularly. I should…

  • Tera Rae

    June 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    do the neti pot and do use the saline or it burns like hell! trust me as disgusting as it is, it really makes the snot situation much better!!

  • Abigail M. Schilling

    June 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Dude, I’m totally terrified of the neti pot. I can’t even watch the videos, totally creeps me out.

    And I can hear my mom in my head about the Wito/D/illness thing. She would say that it starts out mental, that you’re scared since the first time it happened so your immune system is weakened and then you pass that on to him. Of course, my mom uses this theory when talking about her pets, but I bet it’s the same. In her world.

    Next time, you should invite yourself to the furniture installation and drop the sicko off at the vet. I mean, grandparents.

  • Jenn

    July 1, 2008 at 3:50 am

    It seems like every time I get ready to start thinking about a second child, my 21 month old comes down with a cold or changes his sleep schedule or remembers that he HATES naps and then I wind up awake for 90 hours or so. THEN I remember the torture that is a newborn. So thanks for that, universe.

    Glad you’re feeling better. Hope the neti pot helps even more.

  • Lauren

    July 1, 2008 at 5:46 am

    That video was nasty. NASTY!

  • lisa

    July 1, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Glad D is home and Wito is sleeping again…Ok…that thing…I have NEVER seen ANYTHING like it! The video was BIZARRROOO hope it works;) I like the idea of LWL:) I have 2 kids and it’s a battle to eat for either of us when we go out….GOOD luck with the neti pot!

  • Jora

    July 1, 2008 at 7:15 am

    I would like to join you as a memeber of the LWL. I think I would be quite good at it too. :)

  • Moms At Work

    July 1, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Tell me you did NOT buy a Neti Pot! I am sitting here at work watching the YouTube vid with the sound off and giggled so much that I nearly peed myself.

    Is it for REAL?

    Yes, and I plan on doing the toe touches. ;)

  • Michelle

    July 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    The gal on the You Tube Neti Pot demo needs a Hair Thursday consult. Pronto.

  • andrea

    July 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Please count me in for the LWL club. I can’t tell you the last time one of our meals out wasn’t accompanied by the soundtrack of ‘get down, get down, get down’ on repeat for the entire 32 minutes we are allowed to sit in a restaurant.

    Good luck with the Neti, those things scare the shit out of me.

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