Last weekend I felt really rough. I put it down to being hungover after going out with my friend to celebrate her birthday on Saturday night – my failing voice and sore throat was initially thought to have been caused by singing a bit too enthusiastically as I was dancing around, which isn’t uncommon. However, by Monday afternoon I started to feel particularly unwell – hot and cold flashes, sore skin, headaches – and by Tuesday morning I realised that my ‘hangover’ was actually full-blown flu, which was later accompanied by a nasty head cold and a hacking cough that just wouldn’t go away. After spending the week feeling like death-warmed-up I went to the doctors where the genuinely lovely GP took one look at me and said ‘yeah, you’ve got laryngitis – I had it myself two years ago so I know you must be feeling quite poorly.’ I really did – the most poorly I’ve felt in a very long time.
There aren’t antibiotics that would help, so I developed a routine involving paracetamol, hot honey and lemon drinks, nasal spray and lying on the couch under a duvet while The Bloke (who had already taken a week off from work only for it to be promptly hijacked by my snot) waited on me as I squeaked a conversation at him in my Laryngitis-sy Elmo voice and complained about how crap I felt. I found it difficult to sleep so I stayed on the couch at night so I wouldn’t be disturbing him.
Amidst the general nastiness of it all, however, there was one surprising discovery.
Aldi’s Raspberry Sorbet. I found that it was the only thing that actually had any sort of flavour (everything else tasted like a sofa cushion) and it soothed my throat which was red raw from the coughing. In fact, it was such a welcome relief after days of feeling terrible that I told The Bloke of my enamour with the stuff (cue the eye rolls) and that I would be entering into a polygamous relationship with him and the sorbet until I felt better. I have pretty much spent the last few days eating as much of it as I possibly can. It has developed into a minor obsession and I’m already conscious that I’m going to need some more soon.
It’s now been a week and I still only feel about 60% better. I’m behind on so much – the launch of the Bash award votes, all my social media clients stuff… It’s my 5 year blog anniversary today too which I would normally do something for, but I can’t face it…
Back to sleep for me!