I didn’t post last night for the first time because I have the swine flu. I am miserable but am forcing myself to sit up and write some. Yesterday I started having some cold symptoms: sore and scratchy throat, congestion, headache, stuffed-up/runny nose. I went to bed early and woke up at 11 pm feeling absolutely miserable. I felt like a human oven my fever was so high, and I wept from the body aches as I knelt over the toilet, nauseated.
I plopped a couple of cherry Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water. I drank the that, then some Yogi Throat Comfort tea, then a bottle of water. After my long drinking session I went back to sleep. The flu sometimes seems like a long series of drinks one after the other, doesn't it? Water, broth, tea, Alka-Seltzer, water, broth, tea, Alka-Seltzer...
I don’t want this whole post to be a bitch fest, so I decided to write some good things about having the flu:
1. Easy way to lose a few pounds (I could only stomach a couple of bites of Top Ramen today)
2. I can’t smoke
3. People take care of me (hey- who doesn’t enjoy a little pampering from time to time?)
4. I have a valid excuse to blow things off I didn’t really want to do anyway
5. I can kick back on the couch and watch movies all day without feeling guilty about it.
Since swine flu, for most people, is no more serious than the "regular" flu, I’ll try to stay positive and enjoy the good things about the flu. After having pancreatitis the flu doesn’t even seem that bad. I guess I’m just used to being sick.
P.S. For certain groups of people, the swine flu can become a very serious illness. To see if you are one of those people, and to get other official information about the swine flu, click here.