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Chronicle: Not feeling well, took off from work.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 8

I do not like taking sick days from work. In fact it bothers me to do so. Being sick bothers me, it's a lack of normalcy.

Last time i really took off from work i ended up in the hospital. Something was growing in my stomach. Though, perhaps i took an afternoon off before when having a sever sinus headache, i try not to do that.

I do not like taking sick days from work. In fact it bothers me to do so. Being sick bothers me, it's a lack of normalcy.

Last time i really took off from work i ended up in the hospital. Something was growing in my stomach. Though, perhaps i took an afternoon off before when having a sever sinus headache, i try not to do that.

Yesterday, however, i was feeling quite tired. Given i don't get a good 6-8 hours a night, i blamed it on myself. But, when i came home for lunch, i used a thermometer and found my temperature to be 99.8f, not quite the fever, but 2.1 degrees above normal for me. Besides water, i had only have a danish for breakfast, and was otherwise not hungry. Finally, on my way home from lunch i nearly was blanking out for sheer tiredness. So, i gave in, and slept all afternoon, then again at night. ~13 hours of sleep.

I woke up this morning pretty tired, but feeling a bit better. And, my temperature was down to 98.4. I went to work, and had a danish again, figuring the sweets would entice me to eat. I had to pay for that, and once again i have taken off the afternoon.

I'm trying to figure out what this is. Mostly tiredness and loss of appetite, with my stomach not acting well if i eat.

Just had some chicken soup (a quart), and i am working on a cup of rice. Maybe that will help.

I almost want to end up in the hospital just to make it official.

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Ginger ... And a Little Bit of Garlic (1)

bettiwettiwoo (239665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10860362)

It sounds like you have some sort of 'flu; there were all sorts of strange 'flus going around here last winter.

I recommend ginger which is good both for cold and 'gastro' symptoms.

Clear-Steamed Drunken Chicken Soup
1 whole chicken

For Broth:
4 cups water
2 cups rice wine (pref. Shaoxing) or dry sherry
10-12 slices fresh ginger, lightly crushed
salt to taste

I add garlic as well because, well, what is cooking without garlic?!? I also add lemon and soy sauce and sometimes a bit of sesame oil (Pearl River) to the broth which I think give a lovely flavour to chicken generally.

1. Remove fat from cavity and neck of bird. Cut into 10-12 pieces. Quickly blanche for purity -- which I never manage to somehow. I also manage to avoid cutting up the bird and just throw the whole thing in with the broth adding an extra half-hour or so of cooking. (I'm a laaaaaaaaaazy kind of cook.)
2. Preheat oven to 425F. Put chicken pieces and broth ingredients, save salt, in pot with lid, and wrap with aluminium foil to seal tightly. Bake for some 1.5 hours. Replenish water if necessary. (I have no idea why this would be necessary; I have never done it and I have made chicken this way a lot!)
3. Skim the soup to remove impurities and fat. REmove the ginger. Salt to taste. LAdle soup into serving bowl and serve. (From
A Spoonful of Ginger)

Very soothing soup. Both to eat and to make.

Get well soon.

Re:Ginger ... And a Little Bit of Garlic (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10878938)

Thanx.

Looks like i'm over it. Chicken soup (different) did the trick.

Tsk, tsk (1)

bettiwettiwoo (239665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10879211)

Tsk, tsk. It was thinking of ginger what did it! Honest it was!

Re:Tsk, tsk (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10879461)

Heh.

And for Friday night, besides other food, i took some chicken parts ("drummette" from wing) and doused it in a ketchup, honey, black pepper, garlic powder and water mixture. I forgot when i was doing it that i wanted it to bake on, and added much too much water. So, after the dousing, i added a little ketchup and honey on top of the pieces in the pan.

When i went to check on the chicken, i figured i'd spill out the fat as i usually do. But, then i realized that it was this very fat that _made_ the sauce. Guest loved it and ate it all up.

No, it has nothing to do with anything.

Re:Tsk, tsk (1)

bettiwettiwoo (239665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10882869)

I always pour off/skim the fat from chicken. I'm not a fat nazi generally, but I really, really don't like the taste of chicken fat. Revolting.

Re:Tsk, tsk (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10883212)

Actually, i love it. And it does wonders for a sauce.

Eventually, all the fat was broiled away or something though.

Re:Tsk, tsk (1)

bettiwettiwoo (239665) | more than 9 years ago | (#10884584)

But ... but ... you seem like such a reasonable person otherwise???

Re:Tsk, tsk (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10885852)

We are talking about food here. Who needs to be reasonable? :P
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