The first time a coughing fit woke me up was at 12:56 a.m. I know this because I noticed the time on the alarm clock as I entered the bathroom. It took a few minutes, but I was eventually able to get back to sleep.
The next time I woke up was at 1:58 a.m. Roughly 10 hours earlier I decided to leave work early because my episodes of coughing generated some uncomfortable looks from my co-workers. I can't blame them--it sounded pretty bad.
Next fit, 3:21 a.m. I came home after work and felt terrible. I knew it was coming, my kids were sick last week. I tried to fight the viruses, but I succumbed. My defenses were not up to the task.
I entered the bathroom again at 4:43 a.m. quite surprised that I was actually getting any sleep at all. Considering how I felt and how my nose was running, I didn't think I'd be able to go back to sleep, but each time, I did.
Once the time clicks past 7 a.m. it's officially morning. The clock read 7:34 a.m. and I tried one last time to go back to sleep. Some of my kids were already up and had begun their day. I returned to the confines of my down comforter which is aptly named.
The last time I entered the bathroom was at 8:26 a.m. I was up for good, or at least, until I took several naps in the afternoon. It's been quite a ride!