February 3, 2013

In Sickness and in Health

I have not written for a few days because I have been miserable with a throat infection. At first I thought it was a cold, but when it got worse instead of better and my voice went away, I saw my doctor and he declared it an infection. So it’s been a lot of sleeping, absolutely no talking, and a dose of antibiotics and codine every eight hours for the last two days.

Sundays are my usual days for dressing, but this Sunday seemed like a poor candidate for it. My fevers broke, but my throat is still miserable and I’m still stuffy and coughing. Was I really in the mood for putting forth the effort to dress feminine? I figured I’d just veg out on the couch all day and watch TV.

But darned if, the minute my wife and kids left, I wasn’t compelled to get off the couch and at least “get comfortable.” And that’s how I was thinking about it — not making myself pretty or being glamorous, but simply getting comfortable. I didn’t have the energy for makeup or control-top pantyhose, but gosh darnit, putting on even a soft pink top and a frumpy denim skirt I’d picked up for four bucks on clearance (with pockets! I mean, what was I even thinking when I bought it?) just somehow made me feel better. I also went to far as to paint my nails — nails are compulsory, you see Β — and spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon recuperating Β in comfort.

The family is back home now; the nails are unpolished and the skirt’s been traded for jeans. But I guess I learned something about myself today: this isn’t just something I do when I’m feeling good. Healthy or sick, good mood or bad, dressing is inside me no matter what.

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  • You did something to make yourself feel better, I think we all do that when we aren’t well. Have you tried using your bathroom as a steam room to help with the stuffiness and cough? Just run the shower hot until the room fills with steam and hang out for about ten minutes at a time πŸ™‚

    But now I have a question… Are denim skirts not supposed to have pockets? Or was the just a major plus for this particular “frumpy skirt”? I’m a bit confused.

    • I wasn’t being clear. It looks denim in its fabrc, but it’s not, like, a denim skirt — it’s soft cotton and it is cut/sewn like a loose skirt, and it has these two frumpy smock-style pockets in the front. Maybe I’ll take a pic someday. It’s the opposite of fashionable, but dang if it wasn’t just the thing I needed.

      • Who cares if it’s “Fashionable”? At some point, you just have to say “I feel good, so you and your opinion can piss off.” πŸ™‚ This is a lesson I’m still learning… I take my frustrations out on my hair. I’ve bleached and colored it once a month since my husband deployed and I think my favorite yet was the one that got the most stares: Bright red and purple two toned LOL Sometimes, you just need to feel good (as long as you don’t wear “pajama jeans” to Walmart, I think you’re good) πŸ˜‰

  • Ali

    I find that dressing even part way and even for a short period of time tends to make me feel better. It is just nice to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. As a CD there is a sense of comfort and affirmation in being able to dress in my girl clothes.
    I have two denim skirts (one is washed out blue jean and the other is brown denim) that I bought 10-15 years ago from Roamans. They both have pockets. They are easy on and easy off and work with almost any top.
    Feel better soon.

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