Monday August 18 2014

Cosmos A Spacetime Oydssey (August 18 2014)[i]

At 9 a.m. I wake up to a disgusting feeling in my stomach. I've caught some kind of stomach virus. My body aches to no end. After multiple trips to the bathroom with a bad case of diarrhea I think it's all over as I lie down. I pop a couple of Acetaminophen pills in hopes to relieve the intensity of the fever. Napping for a little bit. And then...nausea. I run to the sink and throw up all of my vegetable moo shu from last night among other bodily fluids. Death – I feel like I'm dying.

Later, nibbling on ice cubes to start the process of rehydration. This is the peak of the fever. Moaning helplessly and trying to find the most comfortable sleeping position. While I'm writhing in a feverish pain in my bed I can overhear an abrupt sexual moan coming from Darren and Devon's bedroom. I'm jealous of his endorphins.

This bed-ridden state continues all afternoon until about 5 p.m. I wake up feeling somewhat better but not 100%. My lower back is in agony from this futon bed. There is no position that feels comfortable.

I hear the thunder and lightning outside cracking in the sky – the rain it pours and pours symbolizing my misery.

I put on this new series inspired by Carl Sagan called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014). For some reason watching things about the universe makes me feel better. I learn how insignificant I am as well as this pain.

I'm fortunate enough to have a loving girlfriend who comes to my rescue with Chicken Noodle Soup, Saltine Crackers, Apple Sauce, and OJ.

Me: "Thank you for all this. And for boosting my morale."

To see Ana's smiling and caring face lightens the body's load.

My Caretaker (August 18 2014)

She runs off to the gym for a while as my body continues waging a war on whatever virus is inside me. She returns to bake some cookies downstairs, not for me to have but just for fun. We lounge around on the bed like cats. I put on The Double (2013). I'm concerned about getting her sick so we don't cuddle at all. Although she does rub my lower back with tiger balm.

She's a sexy caretaker (August 18 2014)

Reflecting on the day I say, "Man, this was the worst day, except for the part when you showed up. I really appreciate the moral support."

She heads home reluctantly. I don't want her sleeping here cause my body still aches and I'm not trying to get her sick too.

I pop a couple of Acetaminophen pills, drink some Herbal Tea, then nod off to sleep at 3 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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