Monday, September 15, 2008

Sick as a Dog

If there was ever an appropriate time to use the term -- sick as a dog -- it was last night. I don't know what the heck happened, but I had an absolute miserable night. Around 9pm I began having muscle spasms in my back. I figured it was from sitting too long with my laptop in the chair in the living room. By 10pm, I was hit with nausea on top of it. To make matters worse, I still had the school schedule to do. What normally takes me 30 minutes, took me over an hour and a half to get done. I finally got to bed close to midnight, but that didn't help. The spasms were getting worse and the muscle relaxer I took wasn't helping. I was up all night long rushing to the bathroom with nausea. I was hoping I would just throw up and feel better, but that didn't happen. Up and down, all night long. And when I was down in bed, the spasms were horrible. I finally fell asleep at 7:30am after I heard my daughter leave for work. The boys were up at 7:45am and by 8:15am, I had to answer a wrong number on the phone. It was literally a night from hell. My husband is out of town, but had he been here, I'm 100% sure I would have asked him to drive me to an urgent care center. I was in that much discomfort.

I finally managed to get going today and now we're taking a short break from school for lunch. I decided to look up the term, sick as a dog, to find the origin. From what I found, the oldest record of that saying goes all the way back to 1705 to show a strong statement of physical unhappiness. It was attached to the word dog because dogs seem to have been linked to things considered unpleasant or undesirable, such as dog tired, go to the dogs and so forth. Yep, that pretty much explains how I felt last night. And finally, I had to put up my Ugly Dog picture. This is Maggie, a beagle we had a few years back. She was actually really cute, but I caught this picture mid-yawn and it's become a little joke at our house, calling her Ugly Dog. It was definitely a sick-as-an-ugly-dog night for me last night -- blecky.

14 comments:

  1. Poor thing - hope you feel better!!
    That is one adorable dog, by the way!

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  2. Thanks Adrienne. I was feeling better for a bit, but then my stomach started up again. I understand the back spasms, since I get those a lot when I sit the wrong way. But nausea? I just munched on some saltines, so I hope that helps. Ugh.

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  3. Ugh. I hope the nausea and spasms dissipate soon, Rena. Real bummer.

    I've been a bit under the weather lately, though not even close to what you've been going through. I've been drinking some hot tea for my sore throat and wondered if there is such a thing as wild huckleberry tea. There is!

    http://www.gemberryproducts.com/catalog/item/5655070/5541346.htm

    I may have to try it sometime. :)

    Gale

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  4. Oooh, huckleberry tea is yummy! Want some? Email me your address and I can send some out to you. It's all over here. Good, good stuff! :)

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  5. Omg, that would be great! Thanks so much, Rena. :D

    Gale

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  6. I hope you feel better soon. If you have some Altoid Peppermints that will calm an upset stomach...Drinking Ginger Ale or Chamomile Tea will help also...Smelling Lavender will help also...Hope that helps...

    Feel better soon...

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  7. Thanks Brenda. I have both peppermint and chamomile tea, so maybe I'll have that soon.

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  8. Feel better soon, Rena! Go to bed early tonight!
    Kelly

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  9. Oh Geez Rena, I hope you're feeling better now. It doesn't sound fun - especially since your husband wasn't there and you had to go through it all alone :(

    Get some rest.

    Jeannine

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  10. You poor thing. I hope you are OK now. Feeling ill and alone in the night is not much fun!

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  11. Thanks Doda! It's about 2am here and I'm up again. I couldn't sleep because now my teeth hurt. LOL! It's always something. I think it's sinus and because the weather is changing. I figured I'd post about my daughter's birthday since I was up and saw your reply. Thanks for stopping by again! :) I guess I better get back to bed now. Take care!

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  12. Feel better my buddy!! Hugs

    Nance

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