Thursday, February 23, 2012
The W's of Reading: What About When You're Sick?
I suppose that it depends on what kind of "sick" you are at the time, but I'm quickly finding out that I'd much rather be watching "trash TV" than anything else. Give me a good daytime talk show, some reality show reruns like the Mob Wives, and I'm a happy camper. Maybe it's because you spend your entire day falling in and out of sleep that makes TV so appealing, since it's just not the same with a book. You don't feel like you miss much if you fall asleep during a TV show. When I read, I hate having to look back to figure out where I was reading before my quasi-delirious frame of mind and crazy nodding off took over.
There's also that element of holding the book, which just takes too much darn energy. Let's not even start with the cold that shivers down your arm and hands when you have to hold up a book or e-reader! Besides, a remote will sometimes shoot right through certain blankets. What could be more perfect than that?
Well, I suppose there's also the achy head, eyes, and joints that make reading a bit of a strain. I've had migraines enough to know you have to blow off reading until the headache has blown over, so I suppose that a sick day really is a sick day, and not a lie around and read day.
Yes, I went back to work today--because I really had to--and I lived. I was achy, I lost my voice, I was grouchy, and I resented it a little, but I got through the day all right. In fact, I'm feeling much better than even 24 hours ago. Maybe I'll read a bit tonight before I finally nod off--or I might just switch it to Bravo and let the Real Housewives' arguing lull me off to sleep one last time? Oh wait. It's Jersey Shore night!
What about you? Are you a reader or a watcher when you're sick, and what are your favorites for those moments?