Lazy Sundays: Sick Brain

Just on Friday night I woke up from a nice long sleep and felt like crap.  My throat hurts (again), my nose is running and I’ve got an aching body that suggests good ol’ influenza.  I’m hoping it’s not because I have some pretty important stuff to do at work on Monday but it looks like it’s not getting any better anytime soon.  Yuck.

On a side note, one of the things I’ve noticed during the numerous times I’ve been sick is that I get so-called ‘sick brain’.  My head feels like it’s stuffed with cotton, I can’t focus on anything for too long and I’m sleepy yet unable to sleep.  Also, my coordination is next to nil so I’m typing this post at about 10wpm.  I wouldn’t mind being sick as much if I didn’t lose all of my higher brain functions along with it.  Does anyone else get this?

So basically my plans for this Lazy Sunday are as follows: sleep, sleep and more sleep.  Maybe interspersed by reading books I don’t have to think too much about and trying to coherently reply to comments.  In essence, this really will be a lazy Sunday.  I had planned on doing some research for the next Forgotten Figures article (which I’m really looking forward to; my next subject is a pretty cool lady) but obviously that’s not happening now.  Next weekend!

What are you guys up to today?  Do you get ‘sick brain’ as well when you have a cold/influenza?


  1. romeorites

    Aww, get well soon. Yes, when one has a cold or flu, it does add fatigue to the ol’ grey matter, and makes it that much harder to concentrate on things etc. Its not pleasant at all. Sleep and plenty of fluids is best. Sunday, for my wife and I, shall be spent watching a couple of films and probably reading
    ,and having something nice for tea. I like Sundays. 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      Sundays are a great day to spend time with your family. 🙂 I watched several movies today, slept a lot and drank lots of water and am feeling much better now. By tomorrow I should be hale and hearty.

  2. patricksponaugle

    Hope you feel better soon.

    I don’t know what we’re doing today. My daughter had a sleepover so she and her friend will vanish into the basement to play Wii Party or something until the friend’s parents show up this afternoon.

    I did a bunch of chores yesterday, but that probably doesn’t mean I won’t be doing boring stuff today.

    We’re expecting snow here in Maryland, which probably sounds boring since you’re up Beyond the Wall, but anything over an inch of snow here causes panic. (Okay, not actual car abandoning/set car on fire/run around pantsless panic as I often characterize it, but everyone gets tense.)

    I do get weird sick-brain, and it usually manifests in dreams. Unfortunately, they’re usually the kind of dreams where you’re dreaming of being in home or at work and bizarre things are happening, so when I wake up, all groggy and sick-brainy, it think they’re real. For awhile, at least.

    Anyway, sleep well today and have fanciful pleasant dreams, that are easily remembered and recognizably not reality.

    • Carrie Slager

      Ah, sleepovers. A lot of parents aren’t comfortable hosting them these days, so cudos to you for letting your daughter experience life instead of locking her up for fear of harming her!

      That’s funny about the snow…it was +10 C today and a lot of the snow melted. Driving tomorrow morning will be interesting! I was out in my t-shirt and jeans it was so warm; for once we here up Beyond the Wall got the nice weather.

      Yes, the sick-dreams are the worst. Especially since I’m such a vivid dreamer, I usually end up remembering the whole episode. Last night I dreamt I was mixing paint at work for this one horrible repeat customer while gremlins were frying the computers and zombies were chasing me around the shop. I had a hard time remembering where I was for a couple of minutes when I woke up!

      But I can’t complain because all of that sleeping did help me significantly. No more body aches and my throat is allowing me to speak like a normal human being instead of sounding like Batman.

      • patricksponaugle

        I’m glad you’re feeling better!

        We were happy to have my daughter’s friend spend the night. As a team, we gave our dogs a bath this morning. (It’s always a whirlwind of excitement in the Sponaugle household…)

        Best of luck to you in the coming week. Avoid the zombies and horrible repeat customers!

  3. Jemima Pett

    I have come to the conclusion that sick brain syndrome is a by-product of sinusitis, or the inflammation of the lining of the air tracts which is why we get so bunged up. Sinusitis always makes me feel as if my head will fall off if I lean forward.

    Since I started taking anti-histamines for allergies, I found I can’t take cold remedies because they upset my kidneys (I’ve more or less narrowed that down to paracetamol). But I did find I didn’t get clogged up. Then I came off the antihistamines for other side effects. When I got a cold this winter I took my antihistamines and hey presto, the bunged up feeling went….. It may not be ideal, but it works for me.

    Good luck.

    • Carrie Slager

      I can’t take many cold remedies either, particularly cough syrup, because I’m one of the ‘lucky’ 10% or so of asthmatics that cough solutions make coughs worse. Lucky me! I’m confined mostly to Dimetap and other more mild remedies; anything that is supposed to treat coughing is off-limits unless I want to take my asthma medication (which I’d really, really rather not do).

      The best thing I’ve found is to sleep lots and drink lots of fluids. That cures most of what ails me and that’s certainly helped today. I’m feeling much more chipper!

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