Feeling Under the Weather

Over the weekend I enjoyed having our boiler replaced, answered 10 questions on 1500days, and let Mrs. Even Steven shave off the beard, hopefully I’m still a secret frugal mofo.  In stunning Biblical like fashion a la Samson, after my beard was shaven off, I began to feel weak.  I started coughing a little and my throat was sore, seriously I think it’s because the beard is gone.  I woke up Sunday morning to Mr. 1500 calling me “Stevie” via twitter and feeling more sick, no correlation.  I knew a day in bed and taking medicines was what I would be doing for the next 24 hours.  Something like sleep, take medicine, sleep, take medicine, try to eat something, sleep, try to eat something, stay awake for a little longer and hope when I wake up I’m running around and frolicking in the autumn mist or winter mist, I’m not sure I’m pretty out of it.

No dice.  Still feeling pretty crappy, I’ve self diagnosed myself with a headache, sore throat, cough, and general lack of energy aka I have the flu.  On Saturday and Sunday I took cough drops, Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus cold and flu, and some immune packet full of vitamins.  Today is a new day, I made my trip to CVS and purchased the family pack of Ricola cough drops, Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Cold & Flu, and a pack of Max Strength Dayquil Severe Cold and Flu, I’m hoping all of this will be well worth the $20 spent.  I’m leaving for vacation this week so I’m doing my best to get this out of my system.

A couple quick points and questions.  Why would anyone take regular cold and flu and not severe cold and flu?  Wouldn’t you always opt for the medicine that’s going to kick the crap out of your sickness?  How much do you spend on over the counter pharmacy items?  I’m not a big fan of taking pills or medicine, I’m not sure what person is, but since I’m leaving this week, I want to get it all out of my system.

Lastly, the phrase “under the weather”.  I’m always fascinated what sticks in terms of sayings and idioms, they don’t teach these in English class or give you a history lesson on where they came from at least I didn’t receive one. According to Wonderopolis during storms, the seas would get rough, causing ships to rock back and forth. The rocking motion often caused passengers to become seasickSeasick passengers would head below deck to a lower point where the rocking was less noticeable. Passengers were thus forced under the deck by the weather… and the expression “under the weather” was born!  I feel like that’s the best I have got for the entire day, I hope you enjoy your week.


Any suggestions on what I should do to get my Samson like strength back?  What do you do when you are feeling under the weather?  Suggestions on medicines to take?  What do you do when you have a cold or the flu?




9 Responses to “Feeling Under the Weather

  • Awe I’m sorry. Getting sick sucks, especially when you are about to travel, although I suppose it’s better getting it before instead of during. I just do the basics of lots of rest, hydration, and simple, easy to digest foods. If I have a sore throat and cough I like to sip chamomile tea. I don’t think anything really works to speed things up but certainly rest will be a big help. Hope you feel better! BTW I got a flu shot but I heard the CDC said they made a mistake and this year’s shot doesn’t really cover the strain. I hope that’s not true! That would be $25 down the drain.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah I’ve been doing the rest, hydration, and today I’ve had some chamomile tea, hopefully I’ll be better in no time. I don’t think I will do a flu shot, in my head I have it that they are actually bad for, no evidence to support this of course.

  • hah – I shaved my beard off too and was almost at a record length for me! But sadly we were taking family photos this weekend and I was instructed to “do what I feel is best” by the wife… which really mean “shave or pay the consequences” haha… Today starts day #1 of the re-grow! 😉

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Best of luck on the re-grow, I’m not sure where to go with mine, I’m more of a scruff guy than a beard guy.

  • I’m sorry you’re sick! Boo. It’s the loss of the beard. I’m telling you that right now. Your power is gone. Better start re-growing 😉
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  • Sorry you don’t feel well. I hate being sick- I usually just try to ignore it until it goes away. I react strangely to most medicines so there is usually nothing I can do.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      It’s Day 2 and I can feel a little difference, but I usually just hit up the vitamins really hard.

  • I hate being under the weather, and as soon as I feel it start, I start downing the Emergen-C. Like you though, why would anyone take regular cold and flu, when clearly extra strength is Extra better! Hope it clears up soon!
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