Monday, January 16, 2017

We Have Had A Heavy Cold

I have a cold.

San Geraldo, Judy, and I have all had colds. However, my cold decided to knock me off my feet. I have barely been out of bed for three days. When I finally saw Judy briefly this afternoon and she wondered if I might have had the flu, I told her I have simply had a very bad cold. 

Judy reminded me that it was at least a Heavy Cold — like The Queen's. I am grateful to Judy. I should not have to tell you the quality of my cold. That should be left to The Staff.

Speaking of "The Staff," San Geraldo has been a gem. Tender-loving care. Kindness. Soup. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Ginger biscuits. Patience. He even went to the pharamacy yesterday and picked up "Propalgina Plus" recommended by a nurse friend of Elena's. Within 20 minutes the symptoms eased.

I've decided to keep San Geraldo on permanent retainer. I don't like to call out to him to fetch and serve, so I simply wait for him to come into view. Even then, I don't tend to ask for anything. I just whine (maybe a bit more than I used to).

The first couple of days, I felt like I had only a Light Cold. One day, we drove up to Viveros Guzman, our now-favorite garden center. Pictured below are some of the things we did not buy. Looking at them now, I wonder if they didn't have something to do with the severity of my illness.

SANSEVIERIA CYLINDRICA
(DIPPED IN PAINT AND GLITTER)
CACTUS DECOLORATIONEM
(I MADE THAT UP)
I WAS GOING TO INCLUDE THE SONG "BLUE ORCHID" BY THE WHITE STRIPES,
BUT IT WAS JUST TOO NOISY FOR ME.

41 comments:

  1. Been wondering what you 3 were up to!
    I feel your pain, Mitch. My mother used to be the BEST when I got a cold or flu.....just the sound of her voice and suggestions always made me feel better.
    So whine away at your heart's content......always makes me feel better too.
    Hope you are up and around in no time.

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    1. Jim:
      Jerry's had a bit of a cold and then his allergies. So he's been whining now more than I have. But he really is the best and most sincerely caring nurse.

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  2. Sorry to hear Mitch ~ if it's in consultation I mean consulation we are suffering along with a cold/flu thingie too ~ whining time again!!!

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    1. Ron:
      I'm pretty certain you guys are much better patients than we are! Jerry can be a bit melodramatic. I can be a bit broody. Hope your'e both feeling better very quickly!

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  3. Feel well soon! You're so lucky to have someone to tell you it's worse than it is and also a fine young and gentle man to fix meals for comfort and strength. He is a gem! No need for glittery flowers!

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    1. Elaine:
      Oh, so glad there were no glitter flowers! I made the mistake of suggesting the second day that I might have to go to urgent care. Jerry probably lost that night's sleep over it. He IS a gem.

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  4. beautiful flowers. Take care

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  5. but how are the cats helping you to get well? SG is mos def a KEEPER!

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    1. anne marie:
      The little s#ts were no help. Dudo couldn't understand why he couldn't sleep on my lap for two hours and Moose only wanted me to get down on the floor and pet him. Bending over was definitely not an option for a few days. I've been back on the floor with Moose and Dudo just spent an hour sleeping on my lap while I tried to have a rest. I got no sleep, but he was happy. I think they've forgiven me.

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  6. Glad to hear your feeling better. A good and caring staff always helps. I couldn't tell you last time I was sick or had a cold or flu. I always take a general daily vitamin, but when the cold temps hit, a also take a zinc tablet and a extra vitamin c tablet. Of course all the gin I consume helps to I'm sure.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      You're very luck to not be susceptible. My sister and I grew up on daily vitamins, vitamin C, B, E and whatever else my mother read about. I was still sick all the time. I grew to be 6'2" and she was nearly 5'11". My uncle decided it was the vitamins and started taking them when he was 45!

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    1. John:
      Getting there. We had a appointment yesterday mid-day that I managed to survive and I even went out for coffee today. Then the winds started blowing and the rains came! Thanks.

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  8. Yes, what have the cats been doing to help? Are you reserving a separate post to describe their special feline therapy? Hope you are well soon.

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    1. Wilma:
      OK. I love our cats, but I will not credit them with being very empathetic. Moose greets us at the door every time we come in. Love. Dudo only meets us at the door when he thinks it's treat time. Use. If they sense a sneeze or cough approachijng, they take off. Still, they make me happy and I'm doing much better today. Thanks!

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  9. I hope you feel much better soon!

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  10. Clearly, this why San Geraldo earned his sainthood status.
    Feel better!

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    1. Bob:
      He even washed the dishes and took out the trash and recycling!!!

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  11. Oh, no! So very sorry to hear that you've been so under the weather. That San Geraldo... what a guy :)

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    1. Judy:
      He's a sweetheart. He hasn't been feeling great himself. He was walking around the house moaning this morning before we went down for coffee. He redeemed himself by saying (with a smile), "Sometimes it just feels good to moan."

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  12. Sorry to hear you were under the weather but I'm glad you're feeling better. Take care, and with San Geraldo's help I know you will.

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    1. Stephen:
      Propalgina and San Geraldo did the trick!

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  13. Glad to hear you have your own Nurse Ratchet to take care of you in your hour of need! Man colds are amongst the worse illness known to... well man! Did the Blessed SG wear a fetching starched white uniform?

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    1. Willym:
      Our first year together I was hit with a really severe case of the flu. I just wanted to be left alone. Jerry came in with the thermometer every 10 minutes. I said, "You just took my temperature. And you took it 10 minutes before that. What do you think you're going to find?!?" He smiled and said, "Trends. I'm watching for trends." He learned to tone it down, but I am SO lucky to have someone who cares so much. He now prefers his uniform unstarched, but it's still fetching.

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  14. How can you get a cold in Spain with all the clean living you are doing there. I hope you are feeling better. Photos are quite beautiful.

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    1. Laurent:
      Clean living? I must have missed that memo! I'm doing much better now. Thanks. I hope you guys are enjoying and surviving the bitter weather.

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  15. So sorry to hear you've had an attack of the cruds, Mitch.
    Lovely to know Nurse Jerry has heard The Call and is doing His Duty.

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    1. Rozzie:
      He is such a good nurse. However, since he's a bit of a hypochondriac, I have to be careful how much I tell him. He worries it will all happen to him (and it usually doesn't).

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    1. Jan:
      Thanks so much. It seems to be running its course. These kind messages sure help!

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  17. Grilled cheese sandwiches? Not what I would prescribe for a cold! Hope it all helped though.

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    1. Shawn:
      Jerry finds the sandwiches to be a comfort food for him, so figures I will, too. Since, without him, I'd be living on toast and jam, I sure won't complain. And he even washed the dishes.

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  18. I always wonder who is the person who says, "You know what these (flowers, cacti, etc.) need? GLITTER! :) Hope you feel well soon.

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    1. Michelle:
      Your comment made me laugh out loud. Can you imagine?

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  19. I hope you feel better, colds are the worst!

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    1. Meant to say my Mother in laws recipe for colds: drink whisky and eat raw garlic....not making it up

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    2. Cheapchick:
      Your mother-in-law's cure would give me major heartburn and reflux. But it would be interesting to know what it would do about the cold. The standard cures give me heartburn and reflux too! Jerry had a Russian professor who explained the Three-Hat Cure. Pace one hat at the foot of the bottom. Drink a shot of vodka. Drink another shot of vodka. Keep drinking vodka until you see three hats. Cured!

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  20. After you heal, does Nurse SG make house calls? I could use some TLC, or at least some grilled cheese sandwiches.

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    1. Spo:
      He really is an amazing care-giver. If he lived nearby, he'd be there for you. I had to get used to the attention being someone who preferred to just be alone when I was ill. He sure has come in handy!

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    2. Lucky man. When I get sick I am hardly noticed gone.

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