Yes, I am alive and I think I’m starting to feel better, maybe

This latest bout with the ear infection has to be the longest illness I’ve had in a very long time. I’ve been more or less out of commission since Saturday night, making today the fifth day, an unusually long period of time for me to be sick. I guess that comes with the territory as one approaches his forth decade.

I’m working from home today in order to avoid getting into the car while I still feel a bit dizzy. I’m not certain if the dizziness is a residual side-effect of my reaction to the antibiotics I was given or if it is related to my ear infection itself.

And regarding the antibiotics. I’m pretty certain that they are what I was having a bad reaction to and I’ve stopped taking them. Now, I know that antibiotics are supposed to be taken for their full course. I worked in a pharmacy when I was in high school and the pharmacist there made that very clear. Besides, I am well versed in biology, chemistry and biochemistry and I understand the reasons for this even if I hadn’t worked there. But I also know that you should STOP taking a medication if you find you are having an adverse reaction to them. The truth is I don’t think they were working anyway. The doctor told me that the infection might be viral and not bacterial in which case the antibiotics would be ineffective and I suspect that is the case. So I just have to let this thing run its course.

The most difficult part has been that this illness has messed with my concentration. I can’t read, and I can’t write mostly because I can’t focus and that incessant ringing in my ear doesn’t help. So I haven’t made any progress on my work-in-progress since December 1st. I’m hoping that will change this evening. I have also gotten very little reading done, with the exception of Action Comics #4, which I read last night and about which I will have more to say later.

So, I am alive and I’m improving but I’m not back to 100% quite yet. One thing is clear. I need to be in better shape. It was only a few years ago, back in the summer of 2007 that I was in what I think was the best shape of my life. How the mighty fall! I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolution kind of person, but getting back into decent shape would be a worthwhile resolution. I’d start today if I wasn’t still feeling a bit lousy.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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