it is 6:30 p.m. in the holy city of safed. it is almost candle lighting. I was invited to join my son and family for dinner but I am quite sick and haven't been able to function today. I couldn't get out of the house to pick up my granddaughter from kindergarten in this neighborhood, either. I was in bed until a little while ago. I have felt congested lately, and I chalked it up to the change in weather. I started sneezing the day before and thought it might be an allergy. I came down hard today. I didn't feel well yesterday but I forced myself to get to the bank and pick up my new checkbooks. my bank card was declined in two cash machines up here so I thought I needed a new one. I was at the bank for a long time and did not have the patience to stay. I walked out and returned a bit later.
I went to the oncology unit with my friend on Wednesday. I waned to lend my support. his wife was having a musical rehearsal for a new ladies' play. I am not quite sure that I want to get involved in this play. so far I've just been a soundboard and gave over my impressions; most of which were negative, i'm afraid. I spent a lot of time listening to the musical choices and adding my own. it took a lot of energy. I think it hurt my throat to talk so much.
last night I felt like I may drown in my own phlegm. I couldn't really lie down because I was spitting up so much. today I felt feverish and my back hurt. now I'm coughing. I heated up some soup for tonight's meal.. I tried eating a bit of couscous and potatoes and felt sick to my stomach. my sciatic is acting up, too. I am quite miserable. I don't even have a headache pill in the house. I am going to try to take a hot shower if I can stand up.
the pincher dog just came in with a dead bird and ate most of it before I could grab it out of her mouth. I drank a cup of hot chocolate a little while ago and it made me quite nauseous. now I am drinking a hot cup of water laced with powdered ginger, lemon juice and honey. I hope I can get it down. my throat is very scratchy and I am afraid that I will be in for the long haul with this infection.
my head is heavy and I think I will just go back to bed and sleep. I left the food on an electric hotplate in case I get hungry lately. I am really fed up with being sick. it is going to be a hard Shabbat being alone and not seeing my friends tomorrow. I doubt that I will make it to services at the local Sephardi synagogue. oh well.....