Saturday, December 06, 2008


it's amazing to me that in this day and age of instant online communication across continents, technology to fit thousands of songs into a tiny pod, and even fairly effective treatment for breast cancer and HIV that

no one has figured out how to beat the common cold!!!

sure, rhinoviruses and their friends do not typically kill their victims, but my GOD they are unpleasant. the mucus. the chills. the giant, tender lymph nodes. the fevers. and then the mucus again. ugh!

(above: stuffed animal version of rhinovirus from see, you really can find ANYTHING online!)

unfortunately, catching these nasty bugs is one of the hazards of my profession. i am waiting for my immune system to catch up with the current array of the various viruses currently running rampant through today's day cares and elementary schools, but so far i'm not there yet. i think i average about a cold every 3-4 months. including right now (obvi).

i think i may be over the worst of it, though. i am trying to rev up the energy to just go about my business and enjoy the weekend, because josh is off too and we have fun things planned, including a birthday celebration dinner at il palio (belated celebration for a friend, PLUS josh turns 34 on monday!). i have been looking forward to this forever, and i am determined not to let a stupid virus get in my way. plus, i really want to run! my half marathon is in a week (woah!) and i was just starting to feel like my body was recovering from the NICU lifestyle.

PS: look! seriously, i love they even have GONORRHEA!



workout: um, do chills count?

cooking: nah

reading: nope.

hopefully my mojo will return when the virus leaves!


  1. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Happy birthday to Josh. Hope you are feeling much better by next weekend. We'll have to try and spot each other before the race.

  2. Awh, hope you feel better.
    And those stuffed plushies are cute!

  3. "old" Jenny ;)10:55 AM

    I hope you feel better soon. Colds are no fun. Did you get the influenza (english spelling?) vaccine this year? I want to get it but I am not sure if it would be allowd since I am breastfeeding. What do you think?

    I am a bit jealous of you running a half next weekend. I am sure you will have a great race! Did your sister decide to run the 5k too?

    Get well soon!

  4. medstudent Jenny1:33 PM

    Oh noooo, hope you feel better soon! Have to thank you too though - I have an ID test monday on viruses and those GIANTmicrobes are totally going to help me study. :)

  5. i would so love to buy someone a stuffed gonorrhea toy! enjoy the b-day dinner!

  6. Giant microbes is one of my favorite websites. I buy from them at least once a year.

  7. d10: definitely! what will you be wearing? i will have a light blue and white jacket on and black pants!

    sharon: who ever thought gonorrhea could be cute? but i totally agree.

    'old' jenny: hello darling! yes i got a flu vaccine. and i think you should be able to despite breastfeeding (in the US, we give flu shots to pregnant women), but make sure with your ob! you are going to be racing at lightning speed in no time i am sure of it :) and yes my sister is doing the 5K! i just bought her entry, so she better not back out now!

    medstudent jenny: yeah, i seriously want to buy some! i like the 'MRSA' with the cape.

    cindy: DO IT! give someone gonorrhea or chlamydia for christmas. HA.

    matthew: ooh, i hope they are as cute in person!

  8. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Awww reminds me of the year I spent working with 9th graders. Germy kids. Get well!