Thursday, October 22, 2009

Swine Flu Silver Lining

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.


  1. Aww poor you! Even with perks, the flu sucks. I think I might have a bout of it coming on myself, but I'm hoping it's just a cold and that I'll fight it off quick. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Poor thing! I'm sorry you're sick. Love that throat coaty tea, I stocked up myself just in case. Do you have access to Thai take out? (vegan) Tom Yum is my go-to soup when sick and seems to help knock stuff out faster. You'll have kick ass immunity after this! Sending good vibes your way.
    Eco Mama

  3. Sorry to hear you have the flu. Take it easy, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

    Feel better soon,

  4. I just posted something of flu that you might find useful.

    Feel better,

  5. I hope you feel better soon. My sister is just getting over swine flu too and I know that you can really feel bad for a few days.
    All the best!

  6. Oh, I'm sorry to hear that you have the flu. I'm so impressed with the long list of your positive thinking. I hope you feel better soon and take good care of yourself!

    p.s. Thanks for the link:)

  7. Wow! Hope you feel better soon! It's been hitting my school like crazy and thankfully my little bout with it wasn't serious either!

    Rest up and enjoy that new scale number :)