Hey there, I’m back. 🙂
I’m home on this quiet relaxing Friday evening writing this blog post after over 2 weeks of being offline. So much has happened and not all of it was good. 😦
I was in San Francisco the last time I blogged. I had three glorious days visiting one of my favorite cities in the world. I was busy-busy on the next three days with attending the Build tech conference and going to all the cool conference parties in the evening. We partied at Bubba Gump at Pier 39 and at AMC cinema watching Avengers.
I blogged about the keynote sessions and planned to do a quick recap of the awesome sessions that I saw during the three days at the conference and what I’ve learned but I never made it because it all went downhill after the conference. That blog post will be coming soon though. 😉
I spent the afternoon of the last day at the conference, which was a Friday, walking in San Francisco and doing a last minute shopping spree. We went on a boat ride on the Bay on Saturday at noon, all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. We spent the afternoon in the city, took a walk one last time and watched Insurgent at AMC.
Saturday evening was the beginning of the end, or so I felt. I went to bed with a very sore throat and woke up on Sunday morning feeling even worse. It was the day when we would be flying back home so I packed my bags, bought some drops for the sore throat from the nearby CVS, checked out from the hotel and headed to the airport.
I checked in online for the flight on the day before, so dropping off the luggage and going through TSA went smoothly. I was taking the drops every two hours and drinking hot coffees and teas while waiting to board the plane, hoping that I will feel better for what was waiting for me: 12 hours flying in Economy. 😦
Needless to say that I didn’t feel better, it actually got worse, so no sleep on the plane for me. I watched movies and just tried to hang in there. We arrived in Frankfurt after 12 excruciating hours and I think I had fever, headache, sore throat and I felt very weak. I can barely remember how I got to my connecting flight, all I know is that we had to make a run for it because the layover time was so short and the terminals and gates were so far from one another.
The connecting flight took only 30 minutes, we picked up our luggage (they broke my bag) and took a cab home.
I was so happy to arrive home, after being awake for 24 hours all I wanted was to crash in bed and sleep for the next three days. But it was 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I had to make it till 8 in the evening at least, so I have an easier jetlag.
I was exhausted. I tried to watch movies with my brother but ended up standing up from the couch and walking out on the terrace or going to wash my face with cold water to stay awake. I made it till 10 in the evening when I decided that it was finally time to sleep.
But I didn’t sleep. As soon as switched off the tv and turned to sleep, I felt wide awake. After staying awake for 30 hours I think I passed that critical point and I ended up staying awake till 5 in the morning fighting to fall asleep.
But that wasn’t all, I was still sick with the cold, headache, sore throat, coughing and my nose was either closed or running. I was taking the drops for the sore throat every two hours since before the flight and I started to feel sick to my stomach at 5 am. The stomach pain and nausea lasted for two days and I couldn’t eat or drink anything. My guess is that the drops caused it, I bought the extra strong and my stomach couldn’t handle it. I will not go into all the awful details of those days but needless to say that I had a really hard time.
I was supposed to go back to work on Wednesday but I called in sick and made an appointment at the doctor for Thursday. I already called the doc on Tuesday but they didn’t have a spot for me so they recommended me to get some medicine from the pharmacy and go to them on Thursday, which I did.
My stomach was much better by Thursday but I just couldn’t shake the cold so the doc gave me a prescription for more medicine which I bought and headed straight home. I spent the next three days at home, taking the medicine and resting.
I was supposed to go back to the doctor on Monday morning but I felt better and being stuck at home for a week was enough. So I went to work on Monday and had two full days workshop from early morning till evening which actually made me more sick but Wednesday was more relaxing at work, although filled with lots meetings.
Thursday came, it’s a holiday and I took Friday off so now I am enjoying a long weekend of 4 days at home trying to recover from these two weeks of hell that I’ve been in and hopefully get rid of these remaining effects of the cold completely.
My diet is healthier since I got home and I am slowly starting to exercise again. I went for a walk for an hour both yesterday and today. The weather is so beautiful, warm and sunny. Everything is green. I love this time of the year. 🙂
Recommendations in San Francisco:
- Hollywood Cafe
- Boudin Bakery: their sourdough bread and clam chowder is to die for 🙂
You can check my pictures from this trip here.