February 10th, 2007


review of the long long illness

I just downloaded all of my voice posts since December onto my hard drive for archiving... This made me look at the illness time line.

  • 01/16/07 I have a headache in evening class that isn't touched by Advil and is about a 9 on the scale of 10.

  • 01/17/07 I voice post twice: once before and once after taking Airborne. They don't sound very different; but I felt noticeably different after taking it. I remember that I still ran fevers for a couple of days.

  • 01/19/07 I got new meds--I had been enduring the virus without my antihistamine/decongestant. Amazingly, my nose and voice are clear.

  • 01/24/07 I still have a voice, and I post.

  • 01/25/07 I crash and burn. I go to class with no voice. Apparently until this point, my voice has been coming and going. It is gone until the night of 01/27/07, when I post with a peak flow of 225 before using the inhaler.

  • 01/28/07 I discover that cough suppression is a key to maintaining vocal usage.

  • 01/30/07 My voice is functional for class discussion, though I am still using it minimally.

  • 02/02/07 Still having peak flows of 250 but with a functioning voice.

  • 02/06/07 I sang--rather croakily--with the seminary chorus in chapel. We did "Holy Ground," which normally would not test my range at all. It strained me badly, and I probably should not have been singing yet. I also tried to sing hymns because they were so meaningful and I could not stand to be quiet.

  • 02/08/07 I spoke up in class--and found that I had a full voice.

  • 02/09/07 I sang something completely on key and was able to warm up through my range without cracking. The amazing 450-plus peak flow is nice, too!

I believe the sickness might have an end.

Also, the cold air is no longer painful to my lungs. Thank You, Lord!

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about yesterday's emotional post

I have slept--and I did not wake up once to cough or blow my nose! What a concept!

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I think I remember saying to someone yesterday that I was working up a migraine... That's not at all anexcuse. The moral of the story is that I must remember to read posts very carefully when mixing migraine, homework, and recovery from long-lasting illness.

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    Sierra purring

update on the crazy homework week

I have done one Grenz chapter, four Green chapters, and five Webber chapters. The remaining Webber chapters must be re-scanned because the library had an old edition of the book and there are three chapters missing; and the final chapter was a crummy scan. I'm borrowing the correct book from a classmate and scanning tonight. I'm working on more Grenz chapters. Green is easy reading; but it is tedious because the book scanned very poorly. This is not a bang-up week in the homework department. However, I will survive, and I WILL get my research day on Wednesday. I don't know when I'll have a free day... My schedule is not working as planned for me--yet. However, this is precisely why I wrote in so many free days. I am not tired yet. I am sleeping deeply now, not waking up to cough or blow my nose, and I am getting at least five hours a night. This is a good thing. And I have taken a nap today... Mom made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and I got some baby time in with Blake. That was a good way to start the day, and I am ok with all this work. I even got some laundry put away...

Things can improve from here... At least I can sing.

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    the cats bathing themselves and Meg snoring


I have been plugging away at 200 pages of theology reading for the past two days... One of the books is a very bad scan, which makes the reading very tedious. The other book is just theologically deep. I have to stop and take notes in order to retain the material. This slows me down considerably. I also have about 150 pages to read for class on Monday... I did about half of it on Thursday, and the rest has to be re-scanned. I had to borrow the book from a classmate, and she needs it back tomorrow. The book arrived an hour ago, and I was in the middle of another scan while doing theology homework... I now have to scan it and read chapters, but I desperately need a nap. And tomorrow is the field trip to six worship services... Yes, I signed up for another class with a field trip, and yes, the field trip is longer. Today was not supposed to be like this. I did not anticipate such a bad scan on these books! Reading should not have been a major mountain-mover... I have not touched Tuesday night's reading... I think it will be going in the car with me tomorrow; but I'm not really sure how conducive to studying this ride will be or how alert my brain will be.

Expect a voice post in the morning. If I don't crash and burn this week, I'm having a party.

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