Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flu, I think -- but not H1N1

"Let us flee," said the fly.
"Let us fly," said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue. *

* Weird recollection whilst lying abed with a fever.

If I have not visited your blog in the last few days, or if you haven't had a response to your comments (thank you) to my recent posts, I really do have a good reason: I was attacked... I repeat...
attacked by a nasty flu-type illness on Sunday afternoon, and spent the next 48 hours in bed with fever and (initially) accompanying chills of the bone-crack variety. Those symptoms have passed, leaving me with only some gastric distress and an overwhelming lack of energy.

I quarantined myself, self-medicating with fever-reducing over the counter drugs on hand, drinking lots of liquid, and calling upon family members only to do things outside my house that needed to be done, such as water the plants and clean and fill the bird bath and feeders.


I'm presently experimenting with sipping on my first cup of coffee since Sunday morning. So far, so good.

I miss being able to work in the yard, but I think that's probably a good thing, as the heat index yesterday afternoon was 116 (F) and this section of Arkansas is under a Heat Advisory again today. I did venture outside early this morning for about three minutes to refill the bird bath, but was glad to get back inside, even though it was only 80 degrees at the time.

Later.

19 comments:

Snowbrush said...

Oh, Pat, I am so sorry to hear you're ill. I suppose I can take the fact that you're writing as a good sign, at least.

Should I say it? YES! We had to restart our furnace a few nights ago. 40s at night, 60s in the daytime. Shoot, it just doesn't warm up enough each day to get us through the night. Oh, not that it hasn't been HOT. We've had several days in the eighties this year. Almost bad enough to make a person sweat a little if he's outside in direct sun at noon.

Hilary said...

Oh Pat, I do hope you're totally on the mend soon and that you'll wisely take it slowly even when you do feel like you're back to your old self again. I see by your temperature gadget that it's 92F in your neck of the woods. I sure hope you're air conditioned. Sending cool, healing thoughts your way.

Wanda said...

The flu can make one feel awful this time of year...hope this finds you much better!

Diana said...

I was wondering what happened to you Pat. I'm sorry that you have been sick but it sounds like you're on the upswing I hope!
The heat has been horrible here too but only 105 with the heat index! Although I think anything over 80 is hot!
Glad your bad,get over your bug!

Jeannelle said...

My goodness, Pat....so sorry to hear you're under the weather. Prayers ascending for you!

It stands to reason that the fly/flew/flue verse would come to mind when you are being tormented by fever from a flu bug!

Wow....your weather sounds feverish, too. Stay comfortable and well-hydrated.

rhymeswithplague said...

I know that same poem!

Mrs. RWP's home-remedy for colds/bronchitis/flu-like symptoms is decaffeinated hot green tea with plenty of honey in it. It's good even if you don't have the flu. We like Celestial Seasonings brand, mint-flavored.

Hope you are on the mend and "back up to snuff" (whatever that means) soon.

Jackie said...

Pat...I'm glad that you are on the mend. Those flu bugs...or whatever they are that make us want to curl up in a fetal position...and then move because we ache all over....those are baaaaad li'l bugs. I'm so glad that you are feeling better. I missed you....but know that I was thinking of you.
Smiles,
jackie

Patty said...

Get well soon and STAY OUT of the heat. It's been terrible here also. I wanted to mow the backyard, but it will have to wait until about 8:30pm and if it's still too hot, will get up early in the morning and mow, even if there's dew on the grass. Right now it's about 89-91, but the humidity is high and that makes it feel worse. Take care and REST.

Snap said...

Oh, goodness. Pat, take care of yourself and stay out of the heat. We are record breaking, too .... arggghhh .... and the summer just started. We are trying to keep the bird bath filled. The birds are complaining about the heat, too. Lots of baths today!

Feel better soon (although having coffee sounds like things are looking up).

Rose said...

Par, I am sorry you have been sick...one of my friends had something like that and developed a cough that lasted forever. Hope yours is over much more quickly.

NitWit1 said...

WOW. you must have what my primary care physician came down with.She woke up one morning sick as a horse. Her office and to reschedule me, which I didn't care.

Be care about the heat when you feel better, so you don't come down with another malady when you are vulnerable, like heat stroke.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I hope you're starting to feel better. I echo those who said don't overdo when you start to recover.

Moannie said...

Take it easy, do as you are told, please and start to feel better soon. The longer you take in a bed or chair, the quicker you will feel ok again, get up too soon and recovery time will be much longer.

That heat would wipe me out...we are having about 70 and I am thinking of early nights and log fires with nostalgia. Some folk are never satisfied hunh?

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh Pat, I am so sorry you have been so sick. Please take care and STAY out of the heat. I had a mild heat exhaustion recently and I wasn't weakened with flu.
You are vulnerable now so just baby yourself.

JC said...

Pat, I know you will be well soon. I'm glad your taking care of yourself and staying out of the heat.

Countrygirl said...

Pat, praying for complete healing for your body! Take it easy and don't do too much when you feel better. Hope that you are up and about without any of those nasty bugs!

Snap said...

Pat, happy to hear you are better.

I've passed the Uber Amazing Blog Award on to you. :D :D

Peter said...

Dear Pat, So sorry to read that you are sick. As you will see from all the comments, there are a lot of people who, quite rightly, are really fond of you! I join with them in saying "do hope you are much better soon", and "stay out of that heat!" All the Best to you, P.

TSannie said...

Keep on recovering! Glad you're on the mend.