On Saturday, I was homesick. By Sunday, I was real sick. And on Monday...I was dead-to-the-world sick.
Naturally by Tuesday, I was tired of being sick and determined to feel better. Thinking a little walk along the beach would help, I changed into something presentable, crossed the bustling six-lane highway and found myself on the beach. Ah yes, a little sea air will clear this up....
(Managed to snap a few pictures before I nearly died.)
Wrong. I wound up doubled over in the sand, chanting "Don't pass out. Don't pass out. You're in a foreign country. You. CANNOT. Pass. Out."
Blaze-hot sand scorched my feet, seeping into my shoes, clinging to my pants as I stumbled back across the enormous beach and toward the street. Everything was blurry and spinning. I woozily stepped up to the side of the road--now ten pounds heavier in sand--my legs shaking and sweat dripping from every pore. Cars blurred, now just smudges of color passing across my field of vision, their honks dragging out like strange cartoon tubas.
I bolstered my courage, thinking, "This will be funny! So, so funny in three hours! If I live..."
Crossing a six-lane highway has never been so daunting...115 degrees + direct brutal Middle Eastern sun exposure does a pale, sick girl from Wisconsin no good. Somehow I staggered across traffic, managing to arrive safely on our side of the street. From above, this scene likely played out like a hilariously drunk game of Frogger....and I just hope someone stopped to chuckle at it. ;)
Now it's Wednesday, I'm still sick, but laughing about yesterday. My husband found it less entertaining, and has banned me from leaving home until I'm back to 100%. So, I've cluttered my nightstand with Get-Better faves:
one ::: Sparkling water. I'm terrible at drinking water. But pretty bottle + bubbles? How can I resist.
two ::: Burt's Bees Original Lip Balm. Cools hot skin. And it tastes yummy.
three ::: EL Advanced Night Repair Eye Creme...or old school cucumber slices to cool puffy eyes.
four ::: Wintergreen Lifesavers. When nothing else tastes right, there's Lifesavers. Lots of 'em.
five ::: Flowers from my husband + a vase from this girl.
six ::: The newest episode of the Bachelorette, and other TV goodies.
Have you ever wound up sick at a terribly inopportune moment? And, what are your Get Better Must Haves?
*Alright, alright. That title bears a little hyperbole. But in the moment, it didn't feel far from the truth.