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13 September 2011 @ 09:27 pm
When You Are Sick, There's Nothing Like a Dog for Comfort  
I have a bad, bad cold. Unfortunately for me, it’s a viral cold and not bacterial. Why do I say unfortunately? Because if it were bacterial, I’d be given antibiotics and the excruciating pain that I feel in my throat, Eustachian tube, and ears would be gone within a day. Swallowing is awful. I feel like a knife is slicing my throat as I swallow. My ears feel like they are ready to burst. The Eustachian tube is pounding when I swallow. I’m just miserable.

Last night, I tried to sleep. I would dose off for a few minutes, only to awaken when I swallowed and my throat began to hurt, the Eustachian tube began to pound, and the ears felt like they were about to burst. Not wanting to wake my husband up, I’d lay quietly in bed with tears flowing down my eyes. By 3 am, I’ve had it. I ran into the bathroom, put the shower on full heat and basked in the comfortable humid warmth emanating in the room. But sitting in the bathroom in the middle of the night is not a comfortable situation, so I went back to the bedroom.

The idea of going to bed and suffer again was very uninviting. I decided to sit on one of our chairs in the room that we use when we are watching TV, put my basset hound designed blanket for warmth, and tried to sleep in a sitting position.

As I fall asleep, I hear a thud coming from my bed. My youngest basset hound, Caraway (AKA Carrie), jumped off the bed. Carrie always sleeps by my feet. As soon as she found out that I was sleeping on the chair, she came and joined me there. I was amazed at her faithfulness. She’d rather sleep on the floor next to me than to continue to sleep on the comfortable bed without me. Who else would give this degree of love to you?

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~Lirpa~: Kitty: Hugskatje0711 on September 14th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
That's so awesome! Good Carrie. Hope you feel better soon! {{HUGS}}
Spicedogs: Cammiespicedogs on September 14th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Speaking of awesome, I love your icon.
~Lirpa~: Patriotic: Boy and Girlkatje0711 on September 14th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been using it since July!
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on September 14th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
I just tweeted today “Whenever I'm feeling blue, cuddling a puppy is good medicine.”

Goes double for feeling sick! And I have a nasty cold now, too. Feel better soon!
Spicedogs: Coldspicedogs on September 14th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Feel better soon, too. Hug a puppy today!
~Lirpa~: Kitty: Hugskatje0711 on September 14th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
That'd make a great icon. "Hug a puppy today!"
Spicedogs: thinkingspicedogs on September 14th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I was thinking when I wrote that line. I was saying to myself, gotta find a picture of someone hugging a puppy.
~Lirpa~: Think: Terrykatje0711 on September 14th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Great minds!
Leyosura: heart being humanleyosura on September 14th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Aww, she's gorgeous!
I hope you feel better soon, hun.
Laura: stock: lavander fieldspolvodestrella on September 14th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
So sorry you're not feeling well sweetie, I hope that yoru cold is going to go away soon.

I'm going through a similar process at the moment, I guess that the change of season is really hitting us somehow.

Feel better and take care of yourself!
I am of the stars, I am called foreversteph2311 on September 14th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Get better soon

Bless Carrie
venckman: i am all earsvenckman on September 14th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
If you are having bad ear pain, you can try what I did when I had my horrible ear infection earlier in the year. Take a cotton ball and put lots of Vick's VapoRub or some other methol-based ointment on it. Then stick the cotton ball into the outer cup of your ear. For me, those chilly vapors allowed me to sleep, when I had not slept in two days. It really knocked the pain down when nothing, not aspirin, not the special drops for pain from the doctor (it was like pouring acid and fire into my ear canal) made a dent in it. I hope you feel better soon! And Nurse Carrie is such a sweetheart. :)
what you're saying is you just didn'tbohemu on September 23rd, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Dogs that cuddle with you when you're sick are the best. :) I hope you're feeling better now?