VIRAL OR BACTERIAL?
“Under the weather” – what a curious saying – is one way to describe how I felt beginning early this past week. I was annoyed at first when I finally contacted my doctor that he didn’t see me, instead sending me to Urgent Care. In retrospect, that was probably wise, since UC being directly associated with my hospital can expedite some necessary laboratory tests, if needed, providing results more quickly.
The UC doctor noted a summer flu was going around which was probably what I had, so no need for special medication. She said just follow the old standard standby BRAT diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. I had previously resorted to such soft bland foods, having already weathered several days of illness.
Fortunately, even at its worst this flu was mild – the first I’ve experienced in decades, so never imagined that’s what I had. In fact, within a few days after I went to UC I am already on the way to being healthy again. I might never have gone to UC – just toughed it out, as I've done much of my life, when I knew there were others in my home to act on my behalf if I became unable to do so. Knowing when to seek help, not waiting too long until I’m unable to help myself, is one consideration that is important when living alone.
As for “under the weather”, I made a brief search for the origins. One such suggests weather changes sometimes affect how we feel -- not always for the better -- since some describe rainy days cause them to have increased aches and pains, for example. The saying seems to have come about long ago when stormy weather's roiling seas rocking the ship sickened some sailors. The seasick Gobs would go down under the deck to recuperate.
“Gobs” you say? Yes, that’s a slang term for sailor that H. L. Mencken described as American language war slang.
“Gob … had been in use in the navy for a long while, though the common civilian designation for a sailor had been jackie. The origin of the terms is much disputed. Gob is variously explained as a derivative from the Chinese (?) word gobshite, and as the old word gob, signifying a large, irregular mass, applied to a new use. The original meaning of gobshite I don’t know. One correspondent suggests that gob was first used to designate sailors because of their somewhat voracious and noisy habits of feeding. He tells a story of an old master-at-arms who happened into a land aëro-station and found a party of sailors solemnly at table. “My Gawd,” he exclaimed, “lookit the gobs, usin’ forks an’ all!”
Why have I felt like we’ve been seeing a White House version of an old TV show called “The Apprentice” in which the host gained fame and fortune for saying “You’re fired!”?
Does our leader judge all civilian leaders as being like himself -- capable only of creating chaos – inept of skills to competently lead and direct otherwise?
Why do we need so many military leaders in cabinet and administrative positions to exercise required chain-of-command leadership for order?
Does our Prez judge everybody by his own behavior, not recognizing most successful leaders do not follow his unsuccessful chaotic management style in govt. or business?
Or, if he ever revealed his income taxes would we learn he's not as successful as he portrays himself -- and has serious conflicts of interest – possibly involving foreign governments?
How can any patriot not see another nation's intervention in our elections as an extremely dangerous situation, yet our Prez has not been enthusiastic about the need for an investigation?
Wouldn’t ensuring foreign nations are prevented from interfering in our elections be critical to protecting our country?
Once again, my trusty little netbook’s screen suddenly went to black. I hadn’t noticed that the battery was not recharging, instead, the energy was just slowly draining away. Interventions to rejuvenate the device have so far been totally unsuccessful. Unfortunately, blog notes I had for future posts are on my netbook, so you see what I’ve come up with today. I'm using my ancient sluggish laptop. Will I finally have to get a new computer? Who knows what the future will bring!