Normally, Friday is a day where most of us say--Yippee! Made it through another week; weekend is ahead, etc.
Well, not me, not today.
Here I sit in my nightgown, with long silk underwear, and socks (all in white, so I look like a ghost). I am sick. Blecccchhhhh! I am always so careful about taking care of my health. In fact, on Wednesday I went for my annual physical--everything pronounced A-okay. Then on Wednesday evening, my throat started hurting. That night, I kept waking up with my feet freezing. Understand, I am normally a high heat burning machine. Not just now. I am full in the grip of chills and fever.
THE FLU! Has to be. What irony. I get flu shots faithfully every year. Of course, when CDC decides which flu strain to use for the development of the flu vaccine, they are playing the odds. Which of the viruses emerging in Asia (where many flu viruses seem to emerge) will travel around the globe and eventually hit America. Of course, I get a strain that was not what my flu vaccination guarded against!
I know that as someone who teaches college freshmen who are, let's face it, less than healthy, I have to be careful. I get papers handed in by students, grade them, and return them. I always try to wash my hands after grading papers. But, maybe I forgot.
Or I didn't wash my hands after we had "Passing of the Peace" on Sunday morning. Our church has a wonderful ritual of pausing during the service to "Pass the Peace." You shake your neighbor's hand and say "The peace of God be with you" and respond "And also with you." Immediately after this ritual, some of the congregants break out the liquid hand santizer. That always seems ingracious, but I do try to remember to wash my hands when I get home. Maybe I forgot.
Who knows--all I know is that I woke up shivering, with a sore throat, dry cough, mucho body aches and pains, and a headache--classis flu symptoms. It will pass, of course.
Tipper doesn't look too alert, now, does she?
Allie, likewise, not exactly on the spot.
Thank goodness, Cassidy is alert--however, he is saying--DON'T even think about taking my picture.