Dubai is starting to experience a drop in temperature: from 45+ to 30 C. Please note, however, that this is the evening temperature. It’s still quite hot during the day. And since we’ve got so accustomed to living in the 45+ C range, walking out on a 30 C moonlit evening is really pleasant.
Also, ’tis the season to spread the virus. So, I am currently down with the mandatory annual flu. I’ve got the complete package: fever, runny nose, throat pain, body malaise, and cough. I’d spent the weekend, all cozy in bed. I normally don’t take any medications for flu, so while I sat in front of my laptop sipping a cup of warm Joshanda and wiping my nose red with boxes of tissue paper, my dear husband couldn’t bear my condition. He decided that it was time I took some medicine.
Being the obedient wife that I am, I took a pill before going to bed. Actually, I took two pills. Yesterday morning, I woke up feeling my chest all congested. The medicines had done their job: I am no longer febrile and my nose isn’t runny anymore. Now, this congestion is making me very uncomfortable at work. I started coughing. So I asked Masood to buy me an expectorant. I took 10 ml of cough syrup and my throat felt grateful. A few hours later, I threw up, making me feel a whole lot better.
And I’m thinking: first, I took pills to stop my nose from running by thickening up the secretions, then I took a syrup to loosen the thickened secretions. Great! I stopped both medications, and returned to drinking joshanda later in the evening and eating the egg, boiled by my mother-in-law.
Although I hate being sick, yet a part of me sort of enjoys the attention I get. I love it when Masood looks at me with those caring eyes and rubs vicks on my forehead. I love it when my mother-in-law lovingly stops me from doing the dishes. I love it when I’m asked whether I wanted soup, or anything else in particular. I love getting that “extra” care.
On our way home from work last night, we stopped by a mall. I bought a gorgeous watch (a surprise gift) for my mother-in-law before she returns to Hyderabad later tonight. She absolutely loved it!
Today, I feel so much better, Alhumdulillah.