Monday, March 06, 2006

That Rattle In My Chest

Painting by Lillian Westcott Hale
It's not a death rattle. Not even pneumonia. Not even anything that would lead me to take a pill (phew!). Just got back from doc-in-the-box and am happy to discover that that rattle in my chest is plain, old-fashioned croup, just like little kids get. The doctor, who was charming, had an "aha" moment, grabbed a kleenex box from the examining table, and said "I'm going to write the solution down here". He scribbled on the back of the box, then said "first -a little quiz! Do you have a heater in your bedroom? " Well yes, but we never turn it on. "Do you sleep with the window open?" Well, yes, whenever I can be sure it won't rain in. His face lit up with a huge grin as he revealed what he had written on the back of the box: "sleeping in a too-cold bedroom!" Bingo. His prescription? Warm up the room. Keep a thermos of hot liquid nearby at all times. Take hot baths and showers and inhale the steam. Stay warm. Don't breathe in cold air. Rest.

Hmmmmm... This I can handle. I just cleared my calendar for the day, made a pot of green tea, turned up the thermostat. Now where is that wonderful book I've been longing to get lost in? Picture me with the big grin now!

5 comments:

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Hope you feel better soon. Your plan sounds perfect. We sleep with the window open even when the temps are near freezing, and no heat in the room. I wonder what in that combination creates the condition for croup? I'm going to have to do a little research. Be well.

TDharma said...

sounds like a perfect sick day plan. with PGE bills the way they are these days, I have a hard time turning on the heat even when it's very cold. I'll have to give that one some thought.

Sigrid Jardin said...

RD and TD,
Yes, I really prefer to sleep in a cold room myself. I think I got chilled last week, remember waking up in the night cold - unusual for me. I'm not wanting to switch to a heated room. Feels stuffy. Had a lovely day, reading a very interesting book - Savage Beauty, a biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Still croupy, but it will pass! Thanks for the good thoughts.

adagio said...

I never have my bedroom heater on when I sleep. A feather duvet is enough. If extra warmth is needed I pull the sheet and duvet right over my head. Very cosy. To date, suffocation has not been a problem. Warm wishes for a speedy recovery Sigrid.

Anonymous said...

You should take up smoking immediately. What a sad loser to have an ailment and not have even smoked. Sexy young confident women smoke, risk-taking is sexy, and women who've smoked since the age of 13 and who are now 26 have more healthy fit lives than you. You prude!