I have had the worst cold that I have experienced in 10 years since Monday.
My parents came over on Sunday night to help me clean my house. They like doing this, not because I am incapable, but it makes them feel they doing something productive, other than sitting around and visiting with me. I had a scratchy throat after they left.
On Tuesday I woke up feeling like death warmed over. Achy, full sinuses, massive headache. Mucus. Horrors.
I ended up dragging myself out of bed at 8am to get to our departmental retreat at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. It was a wonderful session. I really like my colleagues in communication studies and multimedia. They are such good, positive, passionate people, all of them. But many remarked on how I looked just terrible. Which is rare for a guy who is usually cheerful and enthused!
And as the day progressed, I developed a terrible earache in my right ear. I called the doctor and he told me that it sounded like a virus and that I should get some antihistamine and advil. Although I was very shaky, I toddled out to the pharmacy and bought some NyQuil and Advil. That helped. I marked for 8 hours and finished all of my students Communications Campaigns and French translations.
On Wednesday, I felt a little better, and I wanted to fulfill my duties to the students. I waited in my office for students to come. They all did and it was great to talk to them and discuss their projects with them. Their Communication Campaigns projects were simple fantastic. They put an incredible amount of effort into them. I am going to have to justify some high grades to the Associate Dean, I think! But that is a good thing.
Wednesday evening I went to the doctor, who told me that I “just have to wait it out.” So that’s what I have been doing.
Today I am sitting at my parents’ place in King City, feeling too dizzy to drive, reading two books, alternating between the two. I get dizzy if I get up, so I am just sitting down. The first is a gift from my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Philip Savage – The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon which retells the story of the relationship between Aristotle and his student, Alexander the Great. The second is a book by French neuropsychologist turned PR and marketing guru, Clothaire Rapaille, called The Culture Code.
I will report on my thoughts about them when I have finished reading!