Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Mom's trip to the doctor's office today went quickly. Because I'm still coughing up phlegm and rattling when I breathe, I didn't enter the building. Today, my role was reduced to that of chauffeur: I parked at the top of the crowded parking deck, opened the windows, and enjoyed the fabulous morning. Today was close to my idea of a perfect day: cool, breezy, and partly cloudy, all with very little humidity.

I spent the afternoon napping, mainly to catch up on sleep.* I woke up to find that Mom's been sitting in the living room with Dad, watching TV. She just complained of a headache, so Dad's given her a Percocet.

Because all three of us sons are sick, the main worry is that Mom will catch whatever we have. I've been staying physically apart from Mom, and continue to wash my hands frequently, especially during meal prep. Every time I hear Mom coughing-- which is only once every few hours at most-- I worry that she's gotten whatever we have. But Mom isn't coughing a lot, and Dad doesn't hear anything wrong with her breathing. So far, so good.

*My Korean relatives have called us a few times in the morning, around 9AM; they don't realize it, but 9AM is about halfway through my regular sleeping schedule (roughly 5:30AM to 11:30AM). When Dad passes the phone to me, I'm usually groggy, prompting my relatives to ask what time it is over here. After all, what sane person isn't awake by 9AM, right?


1 comment:

Charles said...

I wake up around the time you generally go to sleep. Well, not actually, but you know what I mean.