Saturday 28th December
I woke up grotty, just as I had gone to bed grotty, and then took a Cocodomol and went back to bed for a couple of hours. I could just about cope with the blocked nose and sore throat and phlegmy cough, it was the headache that was the killer. And unlike me, I hadn’t packed any Neurofen. I find these days that when I get an approaching Migraine headache it is only Neurofen that will shift it.
We went for a walk in the afternoon, and despite feeling awful the warm Winter sunshine felt good. I called in at the Pharmacie and was as usual surprised to find it packed. The French do love their pharmacies, which always seem terribly expensive to me. The same French women who will baulk at paying more than a euro for a lettuce in the market will happily pay ridiculous sums for all sorts of lotions and potions in the pharmacie. I managed to persuade the woman to give me 12 Neurofen, which are only issued here on doctor’s advice.
I took two on returning home and took myself back to bed. My head was pounding, I was cold and shivering despite a quilt and two covers and was just drifting off to sleep when I heard people talking downstairs. Some people we met last New Year’s Eve had called round to see us. I literally dragged myself out of bed and downstairs. And surprisingly after ten minutes or so I started to brighten up. Ad then all of a sudden the headache was gone, and I felt so much better.
I can put up with a runny or blocked nose, I am used to a sore throat and know it will pass, but that battering headache is just too much for me. So, at last I am feeling a bit better, let’s hope tomorrow is better still.