Unsaddled and bedridden

by Raymond Parker on February 21, 2013

in Blog, Health

The View from Here

The View from Here

I hear riding weather has been wonderful on the Left Coast these past few days, and I’ve caught a few stray rays through the blinds as I stumbled towards the loo.

Unfortunately, I’ve caught something less enjoyable than sunlight—a flu virus that has sidelined many poor sods the last few weeks. Now I’m sodded too.

And boy is it a doozy!

I think I’ve cracked a couple of ribs coughing.

This is my third day in bed, though yesterday I became so concerned by the paroxysms of hacking that I dragged on some clothes and weaved my way, in a hallucinatory daze, a block up the street to the walk-in clinic.

The doctor took a throat swab (to test for strep) and wrote a prescription for antibiotics … which I threw away.

Unable to navigate my studio, let alone highways and byways by bike, I’m attempting instead to toil in the labyrinthian basement of VeloWeb, where I’m hammering and filing a shiny new gearbox, with electronic shifters and zircon-encrusted chainwheels.

This is a project I’d shelved for a few months due to clogged  neurons. Sinuses seem to have less effect.

I’ve also grabbed a bunch of 30-year-old contact sheets to examine. I’m trying to nail down unrecorded locations from my old Vancouver photos. At least I can travel by Google Street View.

Nevertheless, I’m hoping for some sort of sortie from my beleaguered immune system, so that I can finally get back in the saddle and bring you some new, scintillating content.

Laurie February 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

It might be bad luck to mention here how long I suffered with some bug or other but I did in an email I just sent you. Should have checked here before riding out this morning.

I did finally go the amoxycilin (Geez, spell check wants to change that to Oxycontin – shudder) route but that was on day 18 on my second trip to the clinic and after leaving Tofino a day early. I wasn’t going to cancel our trip but when one can’t swallow there’s no point staying if those good restaurants go unvisited.

Love Google street view. Been all over the world with it. For some reason no coverage exists for Germany.

Laurie February 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Oh cr*p I just realized I mentioned what I said I wouldn’t – sorry.

Raymond Parker February 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The strep test came back negative, so antibiotics would indeed have been contraindicated (I’m a dictionary of medical jargon).

A hospital visit two nights ago cleared me of pneumonia, but I’ve torn intercostal muscles during paroxysms of coughing.

You mean to tell me I have to suffer through another 10 days of this?

Laurie February 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

Here is something to peruse while you’re recuperating.


Raymond Parker February 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Yup. Seen that. Cool stuff.

Jane Victoria King February 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Raymond so sorry to hear. Are you taking in any lemon/hot water/honey and Wild Oregano Oil?
I’ve found that really helps – it’s the Universe telling you to slow down.
Don’t worry though, am sure you’ll come back stronger!

Raymond Parker February 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Still not much good for anything, though the “coughing up a lung” phase has eased somewhat.

I’ll try your potion, though I wonder if scotch might work as well?

Gee, Universe, how much slower do you want me to go?

I did get out today to buy some new cycling gloves. Positive thinking and all.

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