5:51 am - Saturday - January 6th - Grand Canyon - 25º F, 72% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the south.....forecast high for today is 56º F with partly cloudy skies.....BP 132/87....last night was one for the books......very sick with a bad cough....had to sleep in my recliner most of the night to minimize the coughing fits. To quote a good friend....."I feel like I have been drug through a knothole backwards", and "my mouth feels like the inside of a trash can". What's the other well known quip? "At first I thought I was going to die.....then, as the night went on, I became afraid I might not die"......all these apply to me this morning. I guess it was inevitable.....everyone else around me has gotten sick in the last two weeks, including about 1/2 of our customers coming through the checkout line.
I woke up Friday feeling like I was getting a cold, and as the day wore on it became more obvious that I was, indeed, getting sick. I had the 'open' shift which meant I had to be at work by 7:30 am......I normally walk to work, but on this day TLE suggested I drive since it was so cold, and I was not feeling well. Additionally, I had a followup appointment at the Grand Canyon Clinic at 2:30 pm to check on my high blood pressure status. My doctor at Flagstaff Medical Center made the appointment on my behalf.
As the morning progressed I felt worse and worse, and by the time TLE arrived at 12 noon I was ready to count down my drawer and get home to rest for a little bit before I had to make the 25 mile drive over to the clinic. Fortunately I made it over the clinic and back by 4 pm, and then collapsed in my recliner to rest some more, slowly feeling worse and worse.
TLE arrived home from work just before 5:30......she had taken out a nice filet for me to grill, so I had turned the Sea-B-Que on just before she arrived home. Grilling that steak will probably the last time I do that for a week, or two while I fight my way through my annual cold. It was an extra thick steak so I left it on the BBQ for about 16 minutes to get it to that favored medium/rare status. It was probably one of the best steaks I have grilled.....ever.
We watched a couple of recorded programs before slipping off to bed before 10:30......because of my deteriorating condition, I didn't really get to sleep until after 2 pm....too much coughing....finally I moved out to the recliner and finally was able to sleep 90 minutes at a time the rest of the night.
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