28 February 2013

But I hear him coughing all night long

My entire world smells of Olbas Oil. Which reminds me of being a kid.

Once again I'm reminded why giving up smoking was a good idea, too :)

My sinuses feel like they're about to explode. And as of this afternoon I've started coughing...brilliant. Still, being tended to by a lovely doctor, so it's not all bad ;) Had a few phonecalls from work, but no dramas. John has forced me to drink tea approximately once every five minutes. I'm fairly sure I now steam gently...

Onto folks in a far worse way than I am...

Or, actually, getting better. Mum's been allowed out and about. Only with Nicky, but still. Means she isn't stuck indoors. She's been back to her house, which I imagine must be odd. She only stays out for a few hours at a time, but she can move about a little, with help and care. Still no sign of her bloke. I mean, not that I'm sad about that, but what a git.

Means us kids have been talking options. I'm not sure Mum'll ever really be in a place where she can live alone again. So...well, that gives us a lot to think about.



And now Sherlock wants some snot to look at under a microscope...the fun never ends around here! I hope degus can't catch human colds. Although Degu-Flu has a pleasing ring to it.

72 comments:

thirdbird said...

LEONARD COHEN, "TOWER OF SONG"! Ah, I love that bit:

I said to Hank Williams, "How lonely does it get?"
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me
In the tower of song.

Sorry you're feeling poorly. We all had something like that this past week and sound like a houseful of seals now. Tea tea tea. Cough syrup with codeine is very nice, too.

Greg Lestrade said...

I love...pretty much all Leonard Cohen.

I'm hoping the rest of the house avoids the germs. Despite Sherlock wanting to catch it and get time off school.

John H. D. Watson said...

re: tea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3rxNCzzJpY

Like so many things, he'll only want it until he's got it though.

pandabob said...

That's good news about your mum, I hope you can all come to some decisions that work well for her :-)

I'm sorry you're still feeling rubbish but I'm glad you have your doc to look after you :-)

Sherlock's interest in everything is really lovely but I'm not sure it'll be good for his health long term ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger - slightly worried if The Kinks is where you learnt your doctoring...

I've had a pint or two with Ray Davies. Fascinating fact for you all there.

Rider said...

You could distract Sherlock with this....

http://blog.makezine.com/2013/02/27/make-believe-special-effects-scar-makeup-tutorial/

John H. D. Watson said...

Really? More stories yo need to tell us, along with who thought they could avoid arrest by kissing you...

I'm glad your mum's doing better. Any idea what you're going to do when she's ready to go home?

Greg Lestrade said...

I actually meant to do the kissing stories, and totally forgot.

As for Mum, no. I mean...look at what sort of options there are for homes, or whatever it's called when you get your own place but there are people about to keep an eye on you? I don't know.

kholly said...

I think I love that song most because it is never what I think of when I think of the Kinks so it's always a bit of a surprise when I hear it again.

Hope you feel better soon L.

Greg Lestrade said...

Rider - if he gets started with that we'll have social services called on us! Broken limbs, gaping wounds...

John H. D. Watson said...

Rider - I sort of want to do that myself now...

L - Oh, don't worry. I'll continue reminding you.

Yeah. It's difficult. I'll help if I can. I mean, if you want me to.

Greg Lestrade said...

Of course I'd like you to. I mean...I don't know where to start. How to find a decent place that'd suit her. Guess I've never thought about it and suddenly...yeah.

I guess I can, on the subject of being kissed, remind you that I did walk a beat in Soho. There wasn't a lot I wasn't offered at one time or another!

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah. We'll talk about it, okay?

'Offered' is one thing. Just going straight in for the kiss is quite another! Have to wonder what they were thinking. It doesn't really seem like the best technique.

REReader said...

whatever it's called when you get your own place but there are people about to keep an eye on you?

Assisted living. (At least, that's what they call it here.) The mother of a friend of mine lives in such a community and likes it very much, but like everything else, a lot depends on finding a good one.


And did you give Sherlock some snot to look at under the microscope? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, okay. I'm sure Nicky is looking into it too.

I mean, I dunno, she might want to get back in her house. But...I'm not sure it'd be the best idea. for a lot of reasons.

RR - I think it's called all different things here, depending how much care you get.

And no, he doesn't need exposing to any extra germs.

Sherlock said...

If she doesn't live in her house who lives in it or is it empty forever or can we have it when we go and see Nicky?

Greg Lestrade said...

Holy...Sherlock just put Olbas in my steamy water. Enough to take out most of the street! My eyes are burning...

pandabob said...

did it clear your sinuses though?

Greg Lestrade said...

it burned my eyeballs out of my head and made my ears hurt when I breathed!! Safe to say the entire inside of my head is clear.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock - if she doesn't go back there...we'd have to see if Sam or Danny or Rach wanted the house. But no, we can't have it.

pandabob said...

Clear but not really improved from the sound of it then.

Greg Lestrade said...

definite temporary ability to breath through the nose - which is good.

Still coughing up a lung though.

John H. D. Watson said...

(Wombat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crjKYkAdiSQ&feature=youtu.be )

REReader said...

(Awwwww, so many cutes!)

Greg Lestrade said...

...and it's made John go soft in the head,e vidently.

John H. D. Watson said...

Shh.

Greg Lestrade said...

You're the one posting wombats without reason on my blog!

Sherlock is convinced he should be allowed Mum's house...

John H. D. Watson said...

I need no reason for wombats.

What would he want it for?

Greg Lestrade said...

...lair, from which he can plan his world takeover? Secret lab, where he can be a mad scientist? I don't know.

I tried to explain other people might need it rather more than he does.

John H. D. Watson said...

Did he grasp that at all?

Greg Lestrade said...

I think so... although, y'know, he doesn't have a science lab, just like they don't have a home... I'm not sure he puts their need entirely above his. Maybe on a par with it. He did agree that if Rachel wanted to live there she could. But not Danny.

John H. D. Watson said...

Heh. How very kind of him.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm not sure he 100% gets that some people don't have a house and can't afford one.

John H. D. Watson said...

I think that's probably true, yeah.

Greg Lestrade said...

...he said they were stupid, because they could have live in their house on the moors, as they had lots of spare rooms.

John H. D. Watson said...

Hmm.

Greg Lestrade said...

oh, hush, what's a bit of murdering going on when it means you get a roof over your head?

John H. D. Watson said...

If it were actually his to give away though, I'm sure he'd be happy to have his lab there instead.

Greg Lestrade said...

I did try to point out that he'd probably a. always have enough money to get labs and things when he was older and b. probably inherit vast estates.

He told me to inherit Mum's and give it to him... Then fell asleep.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Yeah...money's not really real to him yet I don't think.

Greg Lestrade said...

Not to that extent, no.

I think he still has an idea that housing is one of those things that just happens when you're a grown up - by magic! Like being boring, wanting to tie your shoelaces, not just stuff your feet into sloppy shoes, and knowing how much cheese you want from the deli counter (although you don't have that last one sorted yet...;) )

John H. D. Watson said...

Are you suggesting that 'all of it' isn't the right answer?

Greg Lestrade said...

You still do a vague wavey-handed 'about that big' type gesture to the poor staff! Although I haven't witnessed Sherlock trying to buy a whole wheel like he used to do recently. As if we may not notice we're leaving the shop with a pice of cheese almost as big as him

John H. D. Watson said...

Were you there for the one where he said 'about the size of a heart'?

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, no.

I have been there for a few 'enough for dinner!' type 'amounts' though. Poor staff. And when he asked if they'd ever found any body parts in a cheese, because he thought it would be a good place to hide one...

John H. D. Watson said...

Have you ever found any body parts in cheese?

Greg Lestrade said...

...no.

Coming to bed?

John H. D. Watson said...

Just checking.

Absolutely.

Greg Lestrade said...

apologies in advance for coughing on you.

Small Hobbit said...

Hope you are starting to feel a bit better this morning L.

Greg Lestrade said...

sinuses = better. Breathing through my nose is now possible....except my lungs have gone on strike.

They're doing that weird thing when you breathe in, and a few seconds later, they make...odd noises. Same when I breathe out. Like...delayed reaction wheezing. And my cough sounds like I smoke 40 a day.

Anonymous said...

Wheezing is not so good. Lcaffeine may help a bit. It's a bronchodilaror.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

there is never any risk of me not having caffeine in my system, don't worry.

pandabob said...

hows the day going Greg? are you getting better by the minute or still in the totally yuck phase?

Greg Lestrade said...

not too bad. The tender care of my Doc is seeing my right.

A steady dose of tea, coconut water, soup and the odd coffee. Just occasionally feels like there's a flamethrower in my chest.

pandabob said...

just a flamethrower? almost better then ;-)

seriously though I'm glad you're at the not too bad stage :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I really shouldn't attempt a virtual keyboard when I've just woken up, should I?

Glad to hear you're doing a bit better. I hope the flamethrower runs out of fuel soon. Pneumonia ...*considers small person who reads these blogs and changes phrasing* ...is no fun.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Anything that requires me to go to a doctor who has a prescription pad (which I don't believe Danger does, any more) is just Not Allowed. I forbid it. So I must be getting better.

There is only one doctor for me.

John H. D. Watson said...

Not in a Highlander way, I hope.

You are getting better. I know it might not feel like it, but you're much less grey today.

Anonymous said...

Why can't John do prescriptions?

spandrella said...

Even if John has a prescription pad, I imagine it's not entirely ethical for him to write prescriptions for his family.

Greg Lestrade said...

Anon - I was only supposing he wouldn't have a prescription pad, given that the Army wouldn't have let him keep any, and I don't suppose Sarah would. They are incredibly valuable and easily stolen items, afterall.

And Spandrella is correct that he shouldn't prescribe for himself or close family - although he is technically allowed, it's very frowned upon, and he'd have to write to my GP explaining himself. For a bit of a cough, it's not really worth it!

Anonymous said...

Now you've got me curious. Will John need to be able to write prescriptions as part of the FME job? Isn't part of it seeing to witnesses and suspects and their health? Or does that happen at a hospital?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I can't think of any reason he'd need to write them for the FME. He could administer certain medications, I suppose, but I can' imagine he'd ever need to prescribe anything.

But even if he needed to, then I guess the PCT he worked for would then issue him with a prescription pad. Because he doesn't currently work for anyone, I don't think he has one. You'd have to ask him!

Anonymous said...

What's a PCT?

Greg Lestrade said...

Primary Care Trust - it's like...a regional bit of the NHS. Although I'm not completely sure I've got that right - I mean, that they would employ him. I know they're in charge of budgets for things like prescriptions...it's really not my area of expertise!

TurtleShell said...

Question: Have either of you ever heard of Vocaloid? Because some of their songs are pretty funny, and might cheer you up. Mind, some of them are also downright creepy, so...

Greg Lestrade said...

I haven't. And now I've Googled and I'm none the wiser! Can you link to something we should listen to?

And welcome!

TurtleShell said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyteTOBxRm8
The song's called "Ah It's A Wonderful Cat Life" and the singers are Gumi and Len.
It's in Japanese and the uploader wrote the English subtitles in, so I'd suggest clicking the closed caption button.
The two singers are voice synthesizers, created by the Vocaloid project.
:) Hope you enjoy it.
Warning, other songs by them fall under the "Wow, this message is really deep but wow this song is creepy" category.

TurtleShell said...

http:// www. youtube. com /watch?v=oyteTOBxRm8
Here's the song (minus the spaces). It's called "Ah, It's a Wonderful Cat life".

It's in Japanese, so I suggest turning on the captions, the English lyrics are there.

Greg Lestrade said...

I can't say it's really my type of music... but if that's robots singing it's pretty impressive technologically.

TurtleShell said...

L- Yah. It's more for anime fans. Still think it's an adorable story. Yes, it's robots singing. There are a lot of human singers too, such as Miku-tan and 96Neko.

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