sickasaurus rex

I’ve mentioned before how awful I am when I’m sick, but I never seem to be able to translate it completely–so I figured it would be a great place to start my “What the Blog Won’t Tell You” series.

I’ve asked my husband to explain his perspective on this, using a non-text medium.  I hope it makes you smile as much as it made me smile!  Enjoy!

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In dire or emergency situations, I’m actually pretty handy.  I’ve been the helping hand through more births, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, fires, and broken bones than I care to remember.

When it comes to the little things, though– like flus and headcolds– I’m a pretty awful caretaker.  I’m hyper, stubborn, suspicious of medicine, and forgetful.

Those same things also make me a nightmare patient.

I don’t like to cough, and if you happen to be around when I’m coughing– I’ll scowl at you.  (It was probably your fault.)  I don’t like being stuck in bed, and if I am stuck in bed, it’s probably because I’m about to die– and no, you can’t have my radio.  The grumpiness and drama of me-with-a-cold is hard to explain in mere text –but I think this did the trick!

Are you a good patient and caretaker?

You can visit my husband at GraysonQueen.com. Be sure to check out his book, and send some rawrLove his way!

Orange Buffalo by Grayson Queen
Orange Buffalo by Grayson Queen

142 thoughts on “sickasaurus rex

    1. 🙂 I understand that entirely… as you can tell, I’m not the easiest patient either, haha. The medicine bit in his drawings made me laugh so hard I hurt my stomach because we’ll do that 3 times a day when I’m sick. I know I’m being ridiculous, but I can’t help it. 🙂

      Good thing we found our way to people who can handle it, right? 🙂

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  1. Hahaha! My husband is like you kinda. If he’s sick it’s the worst thing ever to happen to him ever, he needs to be taken care of and tended to and cuddled… if I’m sick he won’t come within ten feet of me. (>_<)

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    1. 😀 Yep, that’s exactly it. If I’m sick, it’s a tragedy… if Dave is sick, well. He’ll cope. 😉 I had a hundred excuses typed out here… like “I get sick easier than he does” and “I’m sure he doesn’t want to deal with me if I get sick again”, and other such things… but they’re really all just excuses. 🙂 Some people just have the bad patient gene! 🙂

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  2. What a terrible thing to have happen that the roar goes out of you raur. I hope you are feeling better soon. Lucky you have such a wonderful caring carer around you….Get well soon..

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, I consider myself quite lucky to have a caring carer around, too! 🙂 Luckily, at this precise moment, I’m healthy as can be! 🙂

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  3. Oh how I can very relate to being in such a terrible situation…and do you also feel that the Muse has left you forever and that your talent has been burnt out of you?

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  4. This is so adorable! I just love Dave’s illustrations. Between myself and my husband, he definitely copes better, but I’m not a bad patient either. I’m somewhere in between. But I don’t know what it is about a head cold…..I complained less with brain surgery than I ever do when I have a cold! Lol

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    1. A not-so-bad patient is a good one in my book, but I grade on a curve. 😀 I recently had my first headcold ever– I think I was too fascinated by it to complain too much. I was still all kinds of grumpy, though. 😀 Thanks, Deanna!

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  5. I’m begging for the medicine immediately. Do not disturb the lump under the covers in my room until I make the first move/contact.

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    1. 😀 I love your rules of first contact. Dave says he can always tell when I’m sick because I’m immediately up in his face, drinking out of his water, showing him my eyeballs and throat. “How does it look?” There’s no hiding under covers for me! 🙂 Yeah, like I said … I’m the worst patient ever. 😀

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  6. Ha! 😀 I too blame others for my sickness… whenever I sneeze or have a nose-block(road block… eh!?), I look at my sister because I always get sick when she is sick.
    Great illustrations… now I must proclaim that Rarasaur shall never go sick. Take care. 🙂

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    1. I shall never go sick! I like that. I need that post it note everywhere to remind my body.

      And yep, it’s ALWAYS the fault of my siblings, even if they were nowhere near me. I just know it. 😉

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  7. Hope you get to feeling better soon! I also hate to be sick and so does hubby. I really hate to be around sick people. I go around with Clorox wipes and wipe everything he touches when he gets sick. I try to do it clandestinely so that he won’t feel like a leper 🙂

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  8. Hahaha! This is awesome and I totally love the art work. I could hear your voice in my mind, obviously no idea if it’s your real voice, but it was sweet! I totally do the one brow lift as well. When I’m sick, I usually retreat to my bed and don’t want to deal with the world and I only allow a few to come near me, when others are sick I tend to be pretty protective and I need to know if they are okay hehe. I’m wary of meds too, but have to take them when I get migraine/headaches. Rude, I say!!

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    1. That’ll be my next “What the blog won’t tell you” post– my voice. It’s quite distinct– mostly because of my tempo/speed.

      A quiet patient and a loving caretaker– I’m glad, the world needs lots of both those things. 🙂

      Also, yes, migraines are super rude!

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  9. Rara, After I stopped laughing my ass off, I said “oh crap” that’s me. What a wonderful visualization of having the flu, or pneumonia, or whatever bug has got you down. It makes perfect sense, thank you, Bill

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  10. Your husband does a phenomenal job of wife portrayal-ing. 🙂 Sorry to get such enjoyment out of your sickness. I hope you feel much better and you have some sympathy for the poor man, even if you run off and leave his sneezes!

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    1. I really think he does. He captures my hyperness all too well! 😀 I’m actually healthy as can be right now, but thank you!

      I am sympathetic to Dave when he’s sick… just, from the other room. 😉

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    1. 😀 I’m healthy as can be, thank you, Amy! I just always feel like when I explain how bad of a patient I am, people say “Oh, I’m sure you’re not that bad.” Now they know the truth. 😉

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  11. Love this!! The pictures made me laugh. 😀 I can definitely relate. I hate being sick…being chronically ill makes it even more tricky. I have to be in really really excruciating pain to be stuck in bed for the majority of the day. More often than not, I try to find little ways to stay mentally active even if I’m not feeling well such as blogging, crocheting, etc.

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    1. I try to stay busy in my brain since my body malfunctions when I’m sick and I can’t type or knit or sew or read– but that means Dave has to sit beside me and listen to me ramble or I lose my mind! 🙂 Being stuck in bed is the WORST.

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  12. Medicine does taste vile. And it’s usually 200% sugar, which for me at least, means my stomach joins in the revolt. And cold and flu tablets are huge! You’d think with all this technology we have, they’d recognise that someone who’s been coughing up their lungs may be feeling rather tender in the throat, and so make the tablets as small as possible for ease of consumption. My preference is to hide away and drink water and sleep, and read.

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    1. I pretty much live off natural/holistic stuff because it goes down much easier, isn’t radioactively blue, and doesn’t mess with my sugar count. 🙂 Still, I run from it, haha!

      I think probably a good portion of my sick-grump stems from my inability to read when I’m sick. I need my books or blogs!

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      1. As I type, I’m kind of confined to my room due to a rather nasty cold. Fortunately I have a tablet and the Order’s library Wi-Fi is in range, but I long for a book. And to not feel dizzy when I stand up.

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  13. I feel like death today. It is everyone’s fault. I blame the world, and give the same evil stare to the medicine everyone hands me. I completely get you.

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      1. If we combine the powers of our evil stare will it turn into something that tastes like wine. I could use some wine. I’m snowed in and out of wine. I’m whining for wine.

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  14. Dave is brilliant!

    I’m sick often enough to do what I must. My husband though, who rarely gets sick, whines incessantly. If he ever gets really sick I will have to run away.

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    1. Isn’t he? I loved this so much. 🙂

      I’m sorry you’re sick so often, Elyse. I forget sometimes all the different things you’ve gone through because you seem so … well, tough!

      Dave rarely gets sick, and is also not much of a whiner… which makes my running away even less admirable, haha, 🙂 I promise he knew what he was getting into before he married me, though. 🙂

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      1. If it would help the illness go away, I would whine with the best of them! But frankly, it makes me feel significantly worse. Pretending I’m not feeling so bad is a better tactic for me! You know, turning that frown upside down!

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  15. Oh I like picture stories, much easier. I tend to be a bit bipolar when I’m sick. I can suck it up to accomplish something I want to do but when that’s finished I’m a whiner, moaner and pathetic sack of phlegm.

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    1. I’m the same. If there’s something important to do, I put on my best clothes and truck through it without a problem. As soon as I’m home, though, I’m back to being a big baby. 😀

      And yay for picture stories!

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  16. Loved this. Sounds so YOU. If you want the bomb for the flu, go get Elderberry Extract. Hyvee carries it in their organic aisle. WebMD endorses it and it has been proven by studies to be as or more effective than Tamiflu. And it is chock full of flavonoids and very good for you. I took it with my flu episode and was up in less than 3 days. And when it started, I went from one cough to sucking on albuterol nebulizer in 3 hours. After one dose (2 tbsp. every 4 hours) I didn’t need the albuterol anymore–except when I forgot to take it one time, and my cough came back like a roaring dino!

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      1. Yes it tastes like sour grape V-8 but who cares when it cures what ails you. LOL on Dave chasing you around. I can see you hiding from it. If you are that squeamish, don’t try lysosomal vitamin C. I used that as well and it goes down like a globby bugger.

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  17. This is hilarious. I am exactly the same way– everyone says men are babies when they’re sick but I definitely fulfill that role in my relationship. There always comes that point where I’m wailing “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?” and “I DONT REMEMBER WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE HEALTHY.”

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    1. Haha! I love it. “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?” is one of my favorite expressions when I’m sick. I also add in “Because I’m sick.” to everything. “I’ll take a large fry, and a medium coke. Because I’m SICK.” 🙂

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  18. You are a delight, Rara. This is wonderful and made me smile. You and hubby make a fantastic team. Lucky girl.
    When I’m sick, I like to be left alone with my blankie and hot lemon tea. My kitty is all the company and comfort I need. 🙂

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    1. When I’m sick, I’ll even blame the cats. 😉 🙂 But you’re right, I’m lucky to have someone who puts up with it!

      And yep, lemon tea is a requirement for sick days. 🙂

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  19. Somehow I knew Dave would know just what to do with you. haha! When I’m sick, which is rare, I like to be left alone. I will doctor myself when needed, which is usually the natural way with herbs, as my body doesn’t do well with man made medicine. I like quiet and peace when I’m sick. I usually don’t take to my bed unless I’m really sick, otherwise I just keep on doing what needs to be done. Mostly though I don’t want to talk to anyone. 🙂

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    1. You’re tough! 😀

      My parents think he’s a miracle worker because he can at least get me to take medicine. They’ve cajoled, bribed, threatened, whatever, but nope. They just don’t have Dave’s stare down.

      The little cup is normally our own mixture of stuff just because regular medicine has so much sugar, and the non-sugar-versions have so many chemicals. Like you, man-made medicines don’t take well in my stomach. Maybe I should write up a post of solutions I use! 🙂

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  20. I love this Rara. It made me laugh and smile. I think I am a pretty good patient and caretaker. Sometimes I can be stubborn, and no one likes to be sick. Poor Grayson.

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    1. I imagine you as a very patient caretaker, and a very caring patient, Dani. You’re always so sensitive to the needs of others! I try to be, but when I’m sick, I’m a whole different type of dino, haha! Yep, poor Grayson. In all fairness, though, he experienced several bouts of me sick before he married me… so he knew what to expect. 🙂

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    1. Haha, well, he puts up with my sick days and I put up with his artist-author days. Once on the internet, a long time ago, I read a post that went semi-viral about “Why you should marry a writer”, and I just laughed. It said insane stuff like “He can write anywhere, so you guys can go on vacations at the drop of a hat.” and I wanted to take out a big red pen and change it to, “He can write anywhere, so he’ll be writing on long vacations or strangely staring at other tourists and turning them into book characters. In fact, he might already be on vacation in his head.” 🙂 It works out about even– both of us are grade A pests. 😀

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  21. That was absolutely hilarious, and very sweet. You and your husband must be quite a pair. Myself, I’m grumpiest when my kids are sick, because there’s not a whole lot you can do for them. My middle kid had an explosive bloody nose this morning – it’s was like an endless gush. Poor kid. Just a matter of time before they get me sick, now. And on that note, I’m off to shovel a half a foot’s worth of snow, because you know, that’s bound to keep me healthy.

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    1. 🙂 Yeah, we’re a pretty great team. 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about the bloody nose! I totally understand about how it is when kids are sick. When one of my godkids or nieces or nephews or little brothers or little sister are sick, I’m a fussy mother hen. It’s only adults that I zoink out on. 😀

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  22. Dave’s expression just makes this! I couldn’t stop laughing. 🙂
    I’m a better caretaker than I am a patient — I’m also suspicious of medicine and I do that irritating thing where I say I don’t want any help but I really just want someone to take care of my every whim. When I’m a caretaker, I busy myself ensuring that the person I’m caring for doesn’t have a problem in the world.

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    1. I know, I couldn’t stop laughing, ha! It’s pretty much his EXACT expression too. Aw, I can imagine you as a great caretaker. Me, on the other hand… well, it’s a gene I definitely didn’t inherit from my mama! 🙂

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  23. I am an excellent patient! I don’t ask others to wait on me hand & foot, hubby often forgets I’m sick & wonders why I’m not doing all my regular chores (since I don’t complain enough). I will ask hubby nicely if he would make me some soup or grab me some juice if he happens to be going near the kitchen, but otherwise I mostly look after myself. Hubby is the worst patient, he moans & makes heavy sighing sounds, he refuses to take any medicine to help him, he sneezes & coughs without covering his mouth (I am super sensitive to this because of my lung problems). I will not allow hubby to touch me at all (he cannot touch my hand, kiss me, hug me – I barely want him to look at me because when he gets a cold I get pneumonia).

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    1. My super-weak immune system is part of the reason I steer clear of colds and flus… I’ll get the germs and it’ll turn into pneumonia, guaranteed. Of course, a lot of that has changed since my diet has changed, but old habits die hard. 🙂

      You sound like an awesome patient! 😀

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    1. 😀 Ha! Well, I can give you tips. Just cover your face whenever anyone comes at you with medicine… and if they keep moving towards you, run and hide! Build a pillow fort and refuse to let them in. 😉

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  24. I’ve just started following your husband’s blog, Rara… at least HE likes Marvel. 😛

    Love the artwork. Kudos to him from me. Let me guess– he’s the more introverted side? And do you really bounce off the walls like that when you get better?

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    1. 😀 Aw, I love Marvel. I just also love DC. 🙂 He’s definitely more introverted. I’ve seen him go entire days without talking! Me, on the other hand… you’re lucky if I’m silent through a movie. 😉

      And yep, I pretty much zoink around all day long– super speed!

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      1. I’m not *that* introverted– I am not known for quiet days at a time. Maybe that’s because I was raised by slightly more extroverted people. Well, some of them are more extroverted. Others were more introverted than I.

        But, Rara, you would wear me out. How does he do it?

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        1. 🙂 Dave’s always just been really supportive of me doing whatever I need to in get myself in sync with the world. For instance, I know I have too much energy for a movie in a theater, so to make sure I’m not shifting and chatting, I bring yarn so I can knit, or make sure that I have something to eat that I can’t play with, etc. I also always have had a full time job, even when I didn’t need one– all of that is me, managing myself to ensure that I don’t drive everyone nuts. Still, people will often complain and ask me to put down the knitting or not bring a purse full of rubiks cubes and card games. People often try to push me on vacations, etc– whereas Dave never makes any such requirements, and in fact goes out of his way to pick up things that capture bits of my attention.

          In other words, he’s very good at dispersing my energy so it doesn’t all blast at him. 😀

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    1. 😀 I’m actually feeling okay, but thank you! My husband and I just thought it was a good place to start on my new multimedia theme efforts. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

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  25. Dave needs to make these into a TV show. I’d so watch it. As for caretaking and patients…I’m a great caretaker but a horrible patient. If I’m in ever in real pain, I’m a yeller, and a snapper. I get really mean/rude…of course I never intend to, but it brings the worst out of me.

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    1. Oh same, about the cranky patient. I try to warn people, but no one really expects it since normally I go out of my way NOT to rawr at people. Pain plays havoc on my mind. But at least in your case, you’re a great caretaker! 😀

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  26. Ahaha behave yourself 😉 I’m a big sucky when I’m sick. I’m a good patient minus being a little stubborn about taking meds. My Hubby on the other hand is a pure pain in the…@$$ when he’s ill…lol I hope you’re feeling better soon! xo

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    1. I’m feeling alright, actually, we just got stuck on this conversation… 🙂 I try to explain to people what a beast I am when I’m sick, but no one really gets it, ha! 🙂 This explains it better. 😀

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        1. Haha, you’d be surprised. In my experience, husbands tend to see their wives with a lot more humor and grace than we give ’em credit for. 🙂

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          1. lol I guess. I will say my Hubby is amazing at taking care of me when I’m really ill. He took care through three major surgeries and this is when we were only friends and way back then I didn’t treat him very well. That’s a good man. 🙂

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    1. Ah, the reverse needs/wants thing… that happens to Dave & myself with food. I linger around while he’s eating, chatting, because I like meal times to be social… but Dave prefers to eat by himself, so he’ll forget to come over and chat with me while I’m snacking. 🙂 It’s like we live in reverse land!

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  27. I’m not a very good or patient caretaker when the man flu strikes. But when I’m the patient, my husband usually has to force me to a stop as I’m always on the go. Love Dave’s drawings!

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  28. Haha, this is lovely! I’m absolutely terrible when sick, but I think I’m a pretty good caretaker to other people. I go to the pharmacy and get the best medicine, cook great meals to make the ill person feel better, always have a pot of tea on the stove, read stories, choose movies to watch and have fun …

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  29. Little Dude and I loved this!
    Did your husband do the drawings?

    I’m always “dying” when I’m sick. I hate not being 100%, all the time. Are you all better now? I hope so, Rara dear.

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