A Friendly Reminder of the Real Me

Four days later and I’m still sick. Cough, cough.

Isn’t it funny how the minor ailments are the ones we piss and moan about the most? I mean, I had some fairly complicated and scary surgeries between the ages of 18 and 20, and I had all of my wisdom teeth pulled out in my early 30’s. In both cases I just dealt with the discomfort and fears (I suppose the painkillers helped).

But give me a paper cut or a simple cold and I’m back to being 7 years old. Living alone I’ve forgotten how pathetic (for a lack of a better word) I become when I’m uncomfortable. My house guest Sunday/Monday reminded me in spades, though. He was my roommate from 1990 – 1995 and got to see the best and worst of me. Over and over again.

And this past weekend Jeff was sweetly accommodating in bringing my cereal bowl back to the kitchen sink for me and sitting on the uncomfortable chair so I could lay on the sofa wrapped in a blanket while we watched Lifetime for hours on end. Though, truth be told, he loves Lifetime and discovered the non-stop Golden Girls and Nanny reruns himself while flipping channels.

But the situation did prompt us to reminisce about the good (and not-so-good) ole’ days. We do have some great memories of our days in and just after college. How time flies.

Anyway, I managed to scrounge up some cyber-sympathy from Mike last night so I’ll have to see who I can get more sympathy from today. I’ve not spoken to my parents since Sunday – perhaps it’s their turn?



  1. Comment by Will on March 29, 2006 12:33 pm

    Well, you have my sympathy. I’m blessed with a very good resistence to colds and flu but when I do get sick, I HATE IT! I know it must be unpleasant and send my best for a quick recovery.

  2. Comment by David on March 29, 2006 1:32 pm

    Poor Karl,
    Would you like some soup?
    A hot water bottle? A sandwich with the crust cut off? Some new pj’s? With feet?
    A fluffier pillow, a warmer blanket?
    Ok, get over it. You have allergies or a cold.
    Take some Tylenol, etc.

  3. Comment by Erica on March 29, 2006 3:33 pm

    awwww. being sick is always crappy. one of the many reasons i don’t know if i’d be happy living alone. it’s just nice to have someone around to help take care of you. thank goodness for tv though!

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