Friday, February 09, 2007


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.

Until then, I will drink hot tea, bundle up, read a good novel, play with my new camera, and rely on my faithful pet buddies, until my husband gets home.


Mary said...

We give the "Sign of Peace" handshake at our mass, too, but I've never seen a bottle of hand sanitizer in use. LOL!

Sorry the flu bug found you. Feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

So sorry you are not feeling well. I am glad, however, that you have lots of furry company. They are great when illness hits. It sounds like lots of papering is in order! Take care, Denise

dmmgmfm said...

It has been a bad year for flu and colds here too. I'm glad you have your furry friends to take care of you until your husband gets home.

Rest and feel better soon.

Pam said...

TGIF is right! And now you're sick.
Aargh! Take good care, drink your fluids, etc. you know the drill, and I hope you don't get hit too hard.
I love your buddies!

Climenheise said...

I'm sorry you don't feel well. It must be the lack of email arguments: adrenalin is good for your health! Or maybe too many cats.

I had a cat once -- Flavius. Born in my bed under the covers at Matopo in 1973. I could never convince Lois, though; persuading her that dogs are good was a wonderful step forward.

Get well quickly!

LauraHinNJ said...

Feel better soon - until then enjoy lots of snuggle time with the pets.

Cathy said...

By now you must be through the worst of it - still I send my wishes for a speedy recovery. It's a little concerning that the flu shot didn't cover you. I guess I've been drifting along in a cloud of false security.
Looking at the fur-kid pictures made me smile. Tipper reminds me so much of our Sootie. (Gosh hadn't thought of her in a long time)

KGMom said...

Now that it is Monday morning--with a possible snow storm on the way--I am mostly recovered. Thanks for the kind thoughts shared. They helped speed recovery, along with "fur-kids" and loving husband.