Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Friday, January 18, 2013

Flu report. very boring

Well, we got the flu.  Fever, cough, bronchial phlegm, extreme lassitude.  DH came down with it Saturday morning while he was killing time during the knitter's tea.  I started showing symptoms that afternoon.  Sunday was fever and feet-up all day. Nothing tastes right, the appetite is missing, and there's just about enough energy to get up, go to the bathroom, get another glass of orange juice, and fall asleep again.  Nyquill and Mucinex.  And surprisingly enough, a cold wet cloth for face and wrists is wonderfully comforting.

DH had to go to the doctor after three days home to get a letter saying that he really is sick.  The company he works for is inhumane.  He still has too call in every night to tell them he won't be at work the next day.  He has the flu for cry sakes!  He won't get well overnight.

I keep nibbling, trying to find something that will taste good.  He just quits eating.    He has lost 15 pounds  so far.  I'm down 7.  There's food in the house, but it just doesn't appeal.  Even tea tastes wrong. Jello and orange juice keep the system fueled.  I know I'm sick when I want Jello.  I had a pickle last night.  That tasted pretty good.

I keep spiking a fever, then breaking a sweat.  Thank GOD for my robot servants, the washer and dryer. I am running through two or three nightgowns in a twelve hour period.  It feels so good to get out of a hot bath, all clean and fresh, and slide into a soft clean nightgown. I have a bath towel in the bed to keep from sweat-soaking the mattress, and that, of course, adds to the laundry.  The dining room table is covered with stuff that is clean and dry and needs to be folded.  We can sort through and pull out what we need.  I don't have the energy or the motivation to fold and put it all away.

And thank God for the dishwasher.  All those glasses and cups don't clean themselves.

The TV isn't getting much use.  He plays world of Warcraft, and I flop around on Facebook, but daytime TV just doesn't appeal.  I'm listening to Audiobooks and knitting a bit, but I keep nodding off.  I listened to a version of "Jurassic Park."It was and abridgment of the book based on the movie, based on the book, and even through I have read the original book, then seen the movie more than once, I still couldn't follow the abridged version.  Audiobooks does so much better with the full book.  I am now listening to "The Truth" by Terry Pratchet, and vastly enjoying every bit.  One reader creates, with voice, tempo and accent, a huge, distinct repertoire of identifiable characters.  I almost said, a menagerie of characters, because one of them is a dog, and just from the sound of his voice, you know he is a small, cynical, self-pitying mongrel  that will still come through, begrudgingly, when push comes to shove.  He may bite you, but he won't tear away chunks of flesh.

The cats are quite happy to have us both warm and horizontal.  It's Friday already and a whole week has just vanished into this void of droop.  I need to . . . ah, heck.  I need another nap.


  • At 9:16 AM , Anonymous LindaG said...

    "Void of droop" is a copyright-able phrase! Even sick and poorly, you rock with words. Rest, rest, dear heart.

  • At 10:18 AM , Blogger Rose L said...

    I am so sorry to hear you both are ill. I think there is a quote that says misery makes good company. At least you are with someone you love!
    I am glad I do not have the flu but sure have had such a lack of energy. I think it is due to all that has happened and dealing with this water leak and repairs. I will say a prayer for healing for you both!

  • At 12:20 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Be well soon. (short comment so you can focus on it long enough to read it)

  • At 3:46 PM , Blogger Timothy Young said...

    For a sick person you write pretty good. Did you all forget to get flu shots? I haven't gotten one in years. Sometimes the shots make me sick. Even if the experts tell me they don't. So I gamble without shots.

  • At 3:54 AM , Blogger Rose Red said...

    Well that all sounds positively miserable. Hope this weekend sees the flu break for both of you.

  • At 8:55 AM , Blogger Galad said...

    Amazing how a clean nightgown and jello can be the highlights of the day when you have the flu. Hope you are both feeling better soon.

  • At 8:58 PM , Anonymous tlbw said...

    I am currently listening to and reading Wildwood - Colin Meloy (is that right?) of the Decembrists' Narnia-esque YA fantasy, in which Forest Park is magically segregated from Portland/St.John's, aka The Outside. (The Pittock Mansion , incidentally, is Inside.) The book isn't bad -but the narration is disappointing.

  • At 9:51 PM , OpenID heideho said...

    Hope you're better soon. Don't try to return to regular activities too quickly. Word from the trenches is that this flu will appear to go away for a day or two and then come back with a vengeance. I've been going through disinfectant wipes at work by the gross. Stay warm and hydrated.

  • At 9:32 AM , Anonymous tlbw said...

    You know, I have been thinking about the weight loss, esp. Kyle's - I get that essentially no calories are coming in, and men always lose faster than women - but that much weight-loss in a week sounds to me like he - and probably you as well - are fairly dehydrated. Force fluids! Dehydration is going make you feel sicker, and be sick longer. It can be especially dangerous as we age, and as we age we experience less subjective thirst relative to our hydration level. Heidi is right: HYDRATE!!!

  • At 9:27 PM , Blogger Lyssa said...

    I hope you feel better soon! That sounds like a bad one.

  • At 12:48 PM , Anonymous Benita said...

    I am so sorry you have been sick. I wondered why it was so quiet in your part of the country.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon.

  • At 5:12 AM , Blogger Saren Johnson said...

    Feel better soon. It's awful being sick.

  • At 11:04 AM , Anonymous tlbw said...

    To the folks who questioned whether you had your flu shots: I heard Sunday, 2nd hand from a nurse, that the strain that is actually causing most of the illness wasn't in the vaccine that was circulated. A rumor, but if true that would explain a lot.

  • At 6:19 AM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    I'm sorry you both got the flu. We both got generic upper respiratory infections-not enough to be classified as flu but enough to sleep 15 hours at a stretch.

    My workplace is inhumane as well so I went to the dr for a visit and a note for a 2 day absence. We drank a lot of decaf tea and juice and softly scrambled eggs. I am back to work today but could easily put my head on the desk and sleep the day away.


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