This is an ear... a normal, healthy ear. This is not my ear.
As a household we've been struck with the creeping crud for the past two weeks. Symptoms Include: Coughing, 'snots,' sneezing, low-grade fever, fatigue, and general ickiness.
Thankfully, it's mostly over now... except the junk in my chest. I still gurgle a bit. Fun.
The thing that's really got me down? My ear. Like I said, this is not my ear. My ear is now infected. I've never experienced an ear infection... an outer ear infection. It's all the fun of having a wisdom tooth extracted, but without the good drugs. I can't hear. I can't chew. I can't touch my ear.
The up-side? It's a great for weight loss! If you can't eat... or if chewing causing extreme pain, you develop a natural immunity to hunger pains and an aversion to food in general. I dropped 5 lbs in 3 days... but started to get pretty cranky. Last night I made an emergency trip to the local grocery (small town store) and filled a basket with "no chew" foods. Things that will slide right down.
Although it's a bright and cheerful store, selections are limited. I ended up with instant mashed potatoes. Another first! You got it, I've never eaten instant potatoes. They're not nearly as bad as I thought they might be... but, unless I need to eat paste, I'll stick to making my own. Other fun items? Cream of Wheat, Cream of Chicken Soup, V-8 Juice, and Ice Cream.
I made it to a whopping 800 calories today! Whooo hoooo!!
I can't wait till I can chew again.
Do you recall this "fun" game from your childhood school carnivals? The Cakewalk... It's basically musical chairs with sugary sweets up for grabs.
This morning, I find myself pondering the phrase, "It's no Cakewalk." I said it the other day... and now it's stuck in my head.
Why on earth do we say it? The Cakewalk isn't fun. It's brutal. It's pushing and shoving and fighting over cake... and really, I don't even like cake (or I should say that I don't like icing).
Yes, I know, when someone says "It's no Cakewalk," they mean it's not easy... but really, have you ever taken home a cake? Have you ever been shoved out of the way trying to get your mitts on that coveted cake? I guess, all in all, it's not as bad as a pinata. Even as a child, I was disgusted by the display of greed over candy on the floor. At least the cake grown-ups and kids are fighting over isn't mashed on the floor, right?
A work in progress