First up, thanks everyone for all the kind wishes over the last few weeks. Today is definitely better than Saturday or Friday. I still get shots of pain when I cough, but they are about half the intensity of before. I still put my hand on my side and brace against the wall with each pain shot, but on Friday I was launching my body into the air, cursing, and ripping the sheets off the bed. So hopefully this line from the doc about the pneumonia itself causing the pain is accurate and the antibiotics are doing the trick. I was able to contribute a bit to the household again today, cooking both breakfast and dinner, putting B to bed, and helping with some cleaning. Now, it's true that sometimes my cleaning involved lying on the floor, putting away whatever was near my body, and that a half hour of cleaning would be followed by a half hour in bed, but still it's a definite improvement from being in bed all day.
In other news, I grew up in a small town with a soybean field across the street and only 5 houses on the road. I remember hearing a neighbor's lawn mower, but otherwise things were quiet. Other people generally were not heard from your own house. And so living in a city, particularly when we can't afford to be on the 30th floor of some condo high-rise, has always been an adjustment for me. You hear other people all the time. This is exacerbated by the fact that it's common to have no heating or air conditioning here and just have your windows open. So you hear people walking down the sidewalk by your window, yelling in some other building, driving their scooter down the street, dropping their friends off at 2:00 AM, etc. I could tell you quite a bit about Lance and Elaine and their child custody issues from my neighbors standing outside my window at 3 in the morning Friday night, having a smoke. (By the way, the general consensus is that Lance rocks, but Elaine has issues, and this was a male and female opinion.)
The positive side of this is that you don't actually have to watch popular sporting events yourself; you can just wait for the cheers of people all around you and then go look up the cause. For instance, today I was prepping for my class tomorrow during the Super Bowl, which was not on. Periodically, a big cheer would go up in the air, and I would just hop on over to Yahoo Sports to see what had happened. If I could only have random people make noise for my personal calendar.