Monday, October 06, 2008

Another sleepless night

Y'all are going to have to keep me company again.

I've got this cold with a most annoying cough that starts just as I'm going to sleep, and lasts for hours.

You know the kind I'm talking about? The one where the tickle in the back of your throat gets overwhelming, and you cough and cough until you're blue in the face and tears are streaming out of your eyes?

Yep. That's the one.

I'm not getting much sympathy on the home front.

My dh is just not bothered by colds at all. If he's congested, he simply sleeps with his mouth open and moves on. Me? I have to be completely clear before I can even think about sleeping. It's a claustrophobic sort of thing.

Coughing? Doesn't seem to touch him as much. A few coughs and he's through. Me? I cough and cough for HOURS until I'm an incoherent mess, begging God to just LET ME SLEEP.

So here I am at the computer, trusty rice/spinach/tomato/cayenne pepper snack at the ready, coughing up a storm and spending time with all of you.

My thoughts right now (other than Dear God let me sleep!) are of Kristen from Small Treasures, who I assume received some form of rather nasty input on her blog which caused her to shut it down completely. I am so saddened by it. Saddened that she would feel the need to shut it down, and saddened that some person (I assume) went out of his/her way to sound cruel/threatening/evil and make her want to shut it down.

Catholic Moms banding together on the internet must be making someone very unhappy.

I find myself shocked that someone would go out of their way to be ugly (and again, I don't know any details. I'm just speculating and piecing together what I've seen elsewhere... and coughing. A heck of a lot of coughing)... and then find myself shocked again that I would be shocked. After what I've seen out there in cyberspace recently -- the hatred, the darkness, and the evil being spouted off -- I am reminded that as horrible as it gets.... Jesus wins in the end. I would do well to remember that.

Now off I go to cough my head off.


Jennifer F. said...

I know, I was so sad about Small Treasures. I have her email address if you'd like to contact her to send your support.

For the cough: did you try taking Benadryl? Worked wonders for me last time I had an issue like that!

Amy said...

I'm like you when it comes to coughs and colds. I'm so sorry you are sick! The one thing I've found that helps me (sometimes - but that's better than nothing!) is Vicks Vapo rub, *on the soles of your feet* and then socks over it. For some reason it's absorbed well there and it works just like on the chest.

Sleeping upright (like propped on a chair or sofa) helps too, something about lying down gets the coughing reflex going like mad here.

I hope you get some rest.

Hope T. said...

Often a zinc lozenge will help me with the constant throat tickle.

I was also so saddened when I read that Small Treaures will have to shut down. As you say, we should not be shocked by evil in this world and yet I am always taken completely aback when someone does something hurtful to one who is as sweet and kind as Kristen. I wonder why people hate goodness so much.

Well, I hope you feel better today and don't even have to try any of the cough remedies.

ThG said...

Benedryl has worked for me too. I hope you feel better soon.

Beth said...

Yeah I was so sad about Small Treasures too! I was wondering what happened - I was thinking maybe someone threatened her family or something. It's scary, especially since I put pictures of M all over my blog.

Ouiz said...

Wow! Who knew that this post would get so many responses? *grin*

Y'all are great!

So far I've stuck with Robitussin DM (and nasal spray), since that's all I've got in my medicine cabinet, but at this moment I'm willing to give anything a try. I found that lying face down on the playroom floor actually allowed me to fall asleep for a few minutes... until Grace found me and pulled my hair while shrieking in my ear.

Mean, mean baby...

Anyway, I'll probably be going out tomorrow to stock up on the various remedies suggested -- so thank you, one and all!

Kristen said...

Oh Ouiz, I love you! Would you email me? I can explain what happened and why I had to close my blog down. We are all doing great over here and I assure you there is nothing to worry about. God bless you!

Ouiz said...

Kristen, I sent you an email... write me when you can!

Abigail said...

I'm days late reading this, but I just want to say what a treasure, I found Small Treasures to read. Kristen's description of offering to adopt a pregnant women's child in front of the Planned Parenthood made me cry and pray for days.

I was one of those formerly pro-choice women who drove her best friend to Planned Parenthood to have an abortion. What hit me after reading that post, 10 plus years after that awful day and 6 years after becoming Catholic & prolife, was that we never saw anyone protesting that day. Thinking about running into a "Kristen" that day -- it would have mattered.

Anyway, while I'm so sad that something negative happened on Kristen's sweet blog, I'm not surprised. Her blog was incredibly powerful. I know it's one of the big things that made me do the Pray Chain for Life & 40 days for Life much more seriously this year.