Smoke Signals

smokesignalsSometimes, Friday afternoons can’t come soon enough. This week, I eagerly anticipated its arrival not because of any unhappiness at work (I love my job, and grading 34 essays in one sitting has actually become routine), but because I started coming down with a cold mid-week.

Yesterday, I took some sick leave and left after the first half of class. My department head filled in for me during the second half of class. Who would have known? The first time that I actually took some sick time and it had absolutely nothing to do with my rheumatoid arthritis.

I am feeling better today, after getting some much needed rest yesterday. I look forward to getting more rest this weekend. Unfortunately, there is a factor outside of my control that is aggravating my respiratory problems. Wild fires are raging out of control in my part of the world, and even though they are quite distant from where I live, my city is still getting smothered with smoke. The sky is hazy all day long, and for more than a week the current conditions on my web browser’s weather gadget have actually been “smoke”.

So while these current conditions can’t be helping either my cold or my rheumatoid arthritis, I am looking forward to getting some additional rest this weekend. I hope that clean, fresh smoke-free air follows soon after.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

4 Comments
4 comments
  1. Squirrel says:

    Ha, weird! I took a sick day this week for the first time and it was for a cold. Must be going around… even though we’re continents apart.

  2. Laurie says:

    Feel better….I feel your pain We have frequent brush fires May-August in Orlando and the smoke kills your sinuses!
    I should send you some of our rain…it’s rained most of the day and night all week.y joints don’t like that. Don’t know what is worse….sudden bad flare or lingering daily pain.

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