What the title says. More on that: I’m taking August 29 as the day my pertussis started (the day the “catarrh” period started, the cold-like prodromal stage that precedes the really horrible coughing, though in my case that first stage ramped up to pretty horrible pretty quickly), so today marks the 100th day, give or take, that I’ve had this or its lingering effects. And yes, I’m still coughing. I’m not retching, I haven’t gagged and/or vomited post-cough for many weeks now and I had exactly one episode of laryngospasm in all of November, in the middle of the night oddly enough, and none for a couple of week prior to that and none since then. Remember that in September I had them two or three times a day. So the most disturbing symptoms are gone, and have been gone for a while.
I do still cough every morning, every single morning, and do so between, oh, four and ten times. I think I’ll feel completely cured when that doesn’t happen any more, but can’t even imagine that right now. After a coughing spell I need to clear my throat for a while afterwards, maybe for 15 minutes. This is very different from when my night-time coughs cleared up and were replaced by an incessant need to clear my throat that was bad enough to keep me from sleeping for what seemed like hours. More good stuff: I am finding that even bitter cold–we just endured a horrible arctic outbreak, worst one since winter 2010, that began with a blizzard one week ago and was topped with temps in the -20s for six days–doesn’t bother me as much as it did in November despite my walking in it for more than a mile… I don’t drive in these conditions and so I’m forced to walk a lot. So there are improvements but some aspects just linger and linger and linger.
Onward: I guess I should note with regard to Movember that I was right, the moustache part of the campaign did end November 30 but the charity itself continues to collect money and the global totals continue to add up. I was too pessimistic about this year’s campaign versus previous ones because I thought it only comprised donations collected in November proper. In fact, this year is looking very healthy indeed; as of this second, Canada has collected $30.34 million and around the world the total is $111.38 million. Great job, great ongoing job. My final total? $1120. I’m thrilled- really, really thrilled.
I like my moustache and am cultivating a chin strip to accessorize… we’ll see how that turns out. Right now the grey makes it look spotty, I think. Great thing about facial hair is that you can always shave it off and start over. Here we are:
Oh, classes ended last Friday and therewith, once again, I limp to the end of another semester. I’ve said this to lots of people and say this here: This was a great time for me to contract whooping cough. It didn’t ruin my summer or a sabbatical and it came during a semester when I had a partial teaching release that was itself to allow me an administrative appointment that, this term, was much less work than it was last fall (when I had zero teaching release, so it was tough). I could not have taught a normal course load; I just didn’t have the voice for it. I could not have handled a heavy admin load; I was too tired much of the time. Everything came together very well to allow to recover from this. Now I wish I’d do just that.
Sorry for meandering- I really just wanted to mark my 100th day with pertussis. Now back to marking papers.