On my way to work this morning I caught my reflection in a shop window , I looked awful, Iâ€™m exhausted, itâ€™s four days into the new year and Iâ€™m only on my second day back at work and Â I look like Iâ€™ve been dragged through an hedge backwards.
I am ill, I have had the beginnings of a cold since some time mid October and finally broke on December 27th leaving me a snotty wretched mess for most of the new year celebrations and is still dragging on. Â I had no time to be ill. What with the new job and commute to get used to, the being a Mom and a cook and all round domestic goddess* Â and then that Christmas thing right in the middle of it all.
Christmas the time of good will to all men. The time off to relax and just enjoy each others company. Christmas the time my brother chose to declare to the whole family I was a fat slut across the dinner table Â (no really), the time my sister ends up with
hypochondria an ear infection at the emergency doctors with me in tow , James gets manflu Â after playing a Â gig, the time for present shopping, food shopping, medicine shopping, gift wrapping, visiting relations, forced merriment and Â no time to look after myself so just make myself steadily worse.
I returned to work to hear of glorious tales of Christmas afternoon beach walks, mad uncles playing charades and country get away’s. and all I had to share is a runny nose, annoying cough, slightly depressing tales of a half hearted family get together and a desperate need for more sleep.
I knew it was sleep I craved when I got off the train this morning I looked at the tracks and thought â€œI could use that pile of gravel as a pillowâ€ while my inner monologue was telling me that the train on the platform 4b is heading straight back to Wolverhampton, so go on, get on it no one will miss you for just one day. But I didn’t I continued on my not so merry way convinced the walk into DigbethÂ wouldÂ clear my head and I’d feel better after a hot Lemsip.
It didn’t and all the cup full of liquidÂ paracetamolÂ succeededÂ in was giving me something to cough into. Thankfully I have a pretty awesome boss and when he arrived this morning to find aÂ snifflingÂ mess choking at the desk Â he said I could just go home – just like that – “You don’t need to be here” and I don’t know who was more relieved when he dropped me off at the train station,Â me as I could, you know, go home, or the him as he didn’t have to listen to my self pitying sighs and hacking cough all day.
So now here I am just before 7pm sitting in the arm chair I haven’t left since getting here shortly before 2, waiting for my dinner, central heating on as I just can’t get warm, tissues on one side, lemsip on the other smelling of Boots own brand vapour rub and feeling sorry forÂ myself.Â Christmas a distant memoryÂ other than the rack full of wine we were too ill to drink, trying not to annoy James too much as he attempts to get some work done at the desk behind me, wanting to sleep but exploding inÂ coughingÂ fits every time I lie down, limping into 2012 in the most lacklustre style!
Happy New Year!
*I am only a part time cook and cleaner James does his fair share around the house too but for the purposes of this post and gaining the most amount of sympathy possible I do it all myself