Reflections on the Past Week: 03/26/2017

I hate being sick.

I’ve been sick for the past week and half and it hasn’t been a pleasant experience. Lots of coughing, midly itchy throat, tiredness, and stuffiness. At they all sort of staggered (expect for the tiredness which was always on). So as soon as I thought I was over one symptom, another one came. Since last Thursday, 3/23, I have had these symptoms. And they suck. Enough to make you non-functional but not enough to actually make you realize you are non-functional. So as I was sick, I would try to do work only to have my body rebuff me.

Considering two weeks ago was spring break, I was hoping to do a lot of work. Maybe make a package that I could send to a committee to show them that “Hey! I’ve been actually doing work!” Nope. First half, I was busy socializing. Latter half, well… So for two or so weeks, I did nothing. (Well, nothing really. I did get a little accomplished.) In my mind, by now I would have been sending the package to the committee along with getting ready to submit a manuscript for publication. Best laid plans, huh?

So for the past week and half, I essentially did nothing. I lay in bed, watched daytime TV, and took gobs of medication. Essentially, I lived the life of an old-person after retirement. Which in some ways wasn’t bad. We all need to take some time to rest and recuperate. Apparently, I needed a week. And sometimes we can’t know when to rest. Perhaps this sickness forced me to do what I needed to do: rest. Perhaps, getting some time away from academia, stress, and life in general was what I needed at that time. What I wouldn’t have been able to recognize for myself.

I still hate being sick.

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An Explanation Is Needed

Rumors of my demise have been greatly understated. I have in fact been away longer. And I think I owe you an explanation. Back around April, I got sick, even before the reboot. It was nothing major, so I thought I could get over it quickly. Well, I got sick again a week later. So I was gone for an entire week and that Monday I skipped the post. I was feeling better, although still not fully recovered, so I put up a post the week after, the one on Hawk-Dove. Then school caught up. Being gone for nearly 2 weeks left me in a bad shape and I had to catch-up. And remember, this is graduate school. So I forgot this blog for a while until grad school was over. Well, now grad school is over for the semester. So I’ll start up again. I’m working on the next post; it’s on the ‘war of attrition’ game. And after that, hopefully I’ll become a regular.