There is a serious skill to travelling while sick that I just do not have.
Like, at all.
I flew up to the snowy North to see my adult kidlets
I was healthy when I got there.
And then my immune system turned on me like a pitbull in a roomfull of toddlers.
(I weighed the amount of whining and bitching I KNOW I will receive due to that line. But it made me laugh. Bite me.)
I spent a portion of the trip playing nursemaid to my kidlets.
And then I tried to leave.
I first noticed the sore throat at noon.
I had a little bit of a barking cough all of a sudden.
I got to the airport and felt like crap.
I hate airports as a general rule, unless I am being sarcastic and make fun of people in my head. (You have your hobbies, I have mine.)
But, when I don’t feel well, I go farther down that narcissistic road.
So I was in line at the security checkpoint, grumbling to myself but trying not to call attention to myself. (I do not need to be put on the “No fly”list due to a TSA misunderstanding. (They are a twitchy bunch, prone to erring on the side of scorched earth travel rules. Much like that same edgy pitbull, its best not to mess with them unnecessarily.)
The last thing a monster wants is recognition.
And the lady in front of me recognized me.
Not me, but my condition.
The one thing about old women is that they tend to travel with a pharmacy in their purse, and this woman is no different.
So, in short order, I had some cold medicine, a cough drop and a small bottle of water to wash it down. (She would have had to toss it at the metal detector anyway, but it was still the good Samaritan move.)
If I could have just sat for an hour in the airport before getting on the plane, the cold medicine could have been in full swing when I got on the plane.
Not to be, I got thru the security checkpoint and walked right onto the plane.
Any other time, this would rock, but not when the last thing you need is a cramped airline sear and throbbing sinuses.
But, life goes on.
I soon forgot about my sinuses. In fact, I was almost wishing for some more severely stuffed sinuses.
Because the Armenian guy sitting next to me was 200lbs overweight, had on WAY too much cologne, and judging by the BO, had not bathed in the last 48 hours.
And that takes a LOT away from the whole travel experience.