Better than what?

After 6 full days, I am finally over my cold.  Sure, I’m still coughing up phlegm, but aside from that I’m doing ok.  I’m finally better.

But that makes me wonder: better than what?

I’m not contagious.  But aside from that, what really distinguishes between the past few days and the several months before?  This week I was sniffling, coughing, and suffering from laryngitis, but that wasn’t the worst of it.  The worst was the fever and the run-down feeling.  But wait, I had those before too!

I was frustrated with this cold, wanting to leave the house.  But aside from being contagious, it was really no worse than a lot of what I feel regularly, and in one way it was a hell of a lot better: I knew it wouldn’t last.

I keep waiting to feel better.  I keep waiting to get my energy back, to feel ready to return to work, to make plans with friends that I won’t likely cancel, to be able to guarantee help to my family and friends when they need it…. to have my life.  So many people were worried about me while I was sick this week; I didn’t know how to explain to them that that was the easy part.  It’s returning to my “normal” life that’s hard, because that illness isn’t about to go away.


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