Hopefully this is the last post about being sick, but since this has been my life for nearly a month now it’s hard to escape it. I’m on the road to wellness, so I thought I would share the healing process in it’s various stages:
I tried every over-the-counter medicine to help quick-fix my bronchitis and get me to stop coughing so that I could rest. Nothing worked. The bronchitis cough is a beast with it’s own agenda and I slathered so much Vicks VapoRub on my chest that I considered just eating it straight-up with a spoon. There were so many long nights of staring into the darkness, existentializing life’s meaning, then giving into NetFlix at 3am when sleep (and not coughing) weren’t going to happen. So many rounds of antibiotics later, I can tell you the one thing that really helped the most: patience.
Speaking of medicine, remember Heroin? I visited the amazing New Orleans Pharmacy Museum back in November and they certainly remember it (not to mention live leeches) and all of Heroin’s medicinal uses. Pre-prohabition era, people rubbed it on their infant’s teething gums, dipped it on tampons tips, and suppressed those nagging coughs with lozenges and syrups. Move over Robitussin weak-sauce, let’s kick-it 19th century style!
When the fevers were high I couldn’t do much but freeze, sweat and watch movies from behind a blanket. But once I was able to sit up, making art helped distract me from ripping my lungs out (which later turned into ribs, because who knew excessive coughing could make you bust a rib muscle!?) So I made a few illustrations (see above) and drew a few comics about being sick, while throwing myself a pity-party in the process (click below to enlarge):
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When you’re a freelancer you don’t get paid for being out sick. But you also don’t have the strength to go out job hustling with a fever either so work had to take a tiny hiatus. Once I was feeling better (but still too sick to be outside) I started working on my Apartment Therapy Home Cure. The Kitchen is a source of good health (cleanliness, food & vitamins) as well as strength (energy & nutrition). If I wasn’t in a rental I would gut this kitchen with my bare hands and start completely from scratch. But I do love our Brooklyn flat and I’m determined to work with what I’ve got, cracked tiles and all. Here’s a before & work-in-progress example of my struggle to solve (or cover-up) the issues, while cleaning and softening the overall look:
Healing of any kind always involves music. Right now I’ve been listening to The Rapture on repeat (because of TV show Misfits), but here is a song that always makes me happy no matter how crappy I feel. A Fleet Foxes original, covered by the amazing duo First Aid Kit (appropriately named). Enjoy!
photography, illustrations & comics © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow)