So if you haven't noticed already, I've been blogging on autopilot for weeks. One of the reasons is because I haven't been well, truly well for that long. (And well, the various cough suppressants might make me a little looney 😀 but not creative-writing looney:( )
It all started when the kids took turns being sick and then throwing up on the bed when Kings was traveling. (Phlegm-related. Some pillows didn't survive. Better out than in, I would say, but the mess shook my resolve a little, there.)
As the kids got better one after the other, I went down. For much, much longer than they did. I carried large zip lock bags in my handbag for those uncontrollable cough-til-you-gag moments. (Number of bags used: ONE. Deservedly, in caps. Other times I was at home.) I have almost no recollection of seeing a doctor, except for the little bottle of prescription antibiotics I glanced in surprise at, after a few days.
Where did that come from? It has my name on it.
I think I finished the course of antibiotics just after Christmas. The initial prescription medicine before that. 2.5 bottles of heavy duty cough suppressant after. But not the coughing. And so began the long road of OTC cough-suppressing stuff. The kids don't even bat an eyelid, they're so used to the occasional violent coughing bout, particularly at night, that they rarely wake. My personal record stands at 7 months. I coughed for freaking 7 months, which was about the duration I sat in the then-UOB dealing room, after UOB acquired OUB. (Don't put 2-and-2 together on that one, it was a high-casualty merger to be sure, but technically not for the team I was on, which was kept intact because the duties were not duplicated. Plus, I had a whole new additional and purposeful role.)
My then-doc had a theory about it being an allergy-related cough due to something in the air-conditioning at the new place. One day it was there, and I got used to it the same way you get used to a chronic back pain as long as it doesn't get tha-at bad. One day I realized I had stopped coughing.
Well then. I hope that day comes sooner, this time round. I carry a face mask around for in case it gets too bad...