I went to see the doctor today. I woke up slightly better but still with a heavy sensation on the side of my head and in my ear. I suspected a head cold, but just to be on the safe side, I decided to have this checked. It turns out I have an infection and will have to go on antibiotics.
In a way I'm sad. I have not had to go on antibiotics for almost two years now. This breaks my streak. But I can feel the itching and irritation in my nasal cavities so I guess this is the only way.
I read through Poul Anderson's The Man Who Came Early. In a way it's like the anti-Yankee in King Arthur's Court story. The premise is the same -- a modern man gets transported back to the past -- but the end result is different. Where Anderson differs from Twain is in his respect for the culture of the past. Sure, the technology may be backward but the customs and family bonds are strong. And they're not totally incompetent, either, something moderns may take for granted. A short read but a thought-provoking one.