Yesterday, someone yelled, “INCOMING!” and a little crumpled piece of yellow paper landed in my cubicle. Someone had made what I call an, “origami boulder,” the only bit of origami I know how to do. 🙂
I opened it up–it said, “GO HOME.”
I suppose that had to do with my hacking (but irregular) cough, my hoarse, now-nasally voice, and occasional sneezing…
I really didn’t feel all that well, but almost absolutely had to go in after a week vacation, to make sure some stuff was taken care of. So I went in for a while, and got things arranged. Then finally, went home. And stayed home today. I felt a bit better today, but still had the voice and a headache for a while in the morning, and running nose.
It seems that many times when I come in from WV I get a head cold type of thing. I haven’t figured it out yet. Is it something in WV that causes it? Or is it something I getting re-exposed to here? I dunno. Usually it’s about a week thing or less, but once it hung on really long. Or maybe that was unrelated–I don’t rightly remember, now.
I got home last Wednesday and felt great, and Thursday the same. I was hoping that it wouldn’t hit me this time. I got through part of Friday, but after I mowed the back lawn, I started noticing that burning in the back of my throat, which usually presages the sore throat then sinus effects. Darn!
Now–if you’re thinking that the mowing caused it… well, could be, but I mow other times and it doesn’t hit me. Maybe the mowing triggered it. In any case, I could feel it coming on.
I went ahead to fencing practice Friday night and had a good time. Coach Daniel asked I wouldn’t mind going over to the University of Mary Washington to help at a seminar he was giving to the fencing club over there. Of course, even though I’m not currently coaching with them, they were the college at which I was coaching, before. So I said yes, conditionally, because I didn’t know how I’d feel by the time Sunday rolled around (the day of the seminar).
As it happened, I did get a little worse by Saturday, but it was manageable, and when Sunday came, I was still a bit worse, but mobile, with medication. So I went, and it was a good time. I met new students; in fact it was almost completely students I hadn’t met before. But there were some “old-timers,” and it was good to see them again. At the end of the day, I was asked if I could come by and help out again, so I might start that again. It just depends–it’s a schedule thing, mostly.
Anyway, that night I got the runny nose and sneezes and such really bad, and couldn’t get much sleep. I got up early, took some drugs and headed in earlier to work than usual.
Then got the note, and finally came home. Last night wasn’t much better, so I ended up taking a large dose of medication, and ended up sleeping pretty well, but woke up still congested a bit and with the headache, and sort of trouble taking a deep, full, rapid breath (more or less how my brother describes asthma).
However, as time has passed today, I haven’t taken any meds at all, unless you count coffee 😀 , and have felt much better, albeit with the hoarse, nasally voice still, and some sinus compression. Thinking about it now, I think I felt a lot better after I picked up my Oly bar a few times. I’m not sure what it’s got on it right now, but in any case, it was a very light set of deadlifts, just sort of for the heck of it, because I happened to be right next to the bar.
So–I figured I should get my adrenaline up by doing a light set of kettlebells. So I did.
There is some precedence for this. When I was a kid, I had to take allergy shots. Those ended when I was like, five or six years old, but I still seemed to be pretty sensitive to stuff. I found that if I was bit congested, and rode my bike (during the summer, it wasn’t anything for us kids be on the bikes constantly for something like 12 hours straight) hard, it would open up my eustachian tubes and I could hear a lot better. That was cool.
And then one day, I was pretty congested and we went to Athens, Ohio for some allergy tests or something. The doctor gave me a shot of something, some type of adrenaline or pseudo-adrenaline or ephedrine or something, and was awesome. I felt like I could lift cars, and my metabolism was soaring, and I cleared up pretty well for a while.
As far as things are now, I have no allergies that I know of, though I’m pretty sensitive to chemicals and dust and mold. But I don’t usually react with sickness or anything.
Anyway, I did do some kbells a little while ago, and it did in fact, seem to help. I did still have some asthmatic wheezing near the end, but that’s okay, hopefully that helps trigger some adrenaline or nor-adrenaline to help open me up.
As I said, I did a light set–simply two minutes per hand of long cycle clean and jerk (LCCJ), followed by two minutes snatch per hand, and then two minutes jerk. All with the little bell, Peta (16 kg).
– Two minutes, each arm, LCCJ
– Two minutes, each arm, snatch
– Two minutes, each arm, jerk
You’ll notice that there were no rest sets in there; I just worked pretty much straight through (barring interruptions trying to reposition the fan or such). I wanted to get the breathing going and stimulate some adrenaline.
So that was a relaxed yet lively 12 minutes, all told, as I listened to an Ultima Thule podcast.
I finished off with a couple of kettlebell windmills, some stretching (yoga-style), a touch of chi gong, some barely remembered (but always calming) tai chi, and several aikido turns and cuts.
Good stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my sleepies in tonight, and feel human enough to go into work tomorrow. Chris, my roommate went to help the Mary Wash fencing club. I could’ve gone (since I was already in the area) I suppose, but I figure it’s best if I stay away this time…
Anyway, I’ve been reading some good books: Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I really like ’em both, and I’ll prob post some comments on them in the near future.