A couple of days in the 50s and 60s knocked the snow way back over the weekend. Wednesday's rains has pretty much wiped out the rest. There was heavy fog this morning -- I had to leave the house around 10:20am and was surprised to find (a) the neighbors in the driveway across the road waiting for the school bus (2 hour delay) and (b) 84th Avenue had near fog-out conditions in spots.
I had a dream right as I woke up this morning, remembering that it was going to be foggy this morning, involving the M-45 Lake Michigan Avenue double-bridges over the Grand River just east of Allendale. Imagined thick white fog in the dark -- do I drive slowly across the bridge? Do I run into a hundred car pileup? If I drive slowly and carefully, does some asshole slam into me? Why do I even have to worry about idiots who can't figure out how to drive? And if that bridge is compromised, the next nearest river crossings have even worse safety issues.
Thankfully, such a thing wasn't an issue. I don't leave home in the dark these days and anyway, I stayed home today. Tomorrow, Thursday, the weather is going to be snowing and temps in the 33-37degF range. Oh joy.
Another Damned Sick Day
I first declared that I officially had a cold back on January 16th. I figured I had a long 3-day weekend to be sick, since WMU observed MLK Day. Crappy way to honor Dr. King, being sick, but at least I wouldn't miss any classes. Alas, even that plan didn't work -- I had chills on the 19th and declared a Sick Day and canceled classes on the 20th. Managed to make it to ConFusion the next weekend, but when I have a cold or bad sinuses I can't sleep lying down. So this crap has been going on three weeks plus -- geesh, nearly four! A month sleeping in a chair. Annoying.
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The last couple of days my head has been so congested that if I'm not sitting or driving quietly, I end up having to breathe out of my mouth. I'm so dried up, I've had to cut down on the decongestants because I keep getting nosebleeds. But short of breath? Is it just because I hate breathing through my mouth or that I've got stuff dribbling down my throat and so its dry and uncomfortable? Did this get into my lungs? Doesn't feel like the latter, but then I'm a physicist and not a physician.
So I scheduled a doctor's appointment for today and gave my students a reading assignment in lieu of classes for Wednesday. Basically a 10:30 appointment makes it impossible to have made my noon class, which means there's no point to give the 2pm class -- and 3 hours plus of driving makes no sense just for the 3pm class.
My doctor seems to feel I did all the right things and my lungs are clear, blood fully oxygenated -- which makes this a sinus infection. Bacterial? Viral? A ten-day course of antibiotics for me then.
Got extra sleep today. And took some Sudafed PE to help dry things up. And as I write this, am stemming Yet Another Nose Bleed.
Yup, life is peachy.