Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The FluOldItis

A few weeks ago, I was at the doctor's office when I decided to get a flu shot. It made me feel light and airy but also semi-indestructible. The sore upper arm muscle at the injection site reminded me that I now had an extra immunity, and it made me brave. I dared the sniffly to sniff upon me and rejected hand sanitizers all together. It was this flu-hubris -- flubris, if you will -- that caused me to end up in bed for the past 2 days. I was playing with fire hanging around the cold-stricken and eventually I got burned.

A quick search on WebMD today indicated that I had the symptoms of both the flu and the common cold and that meningitis was a real possibility. I would have called the advice nurse or something sensible, but all my body parts seemed to have been filled with bricks of lead. All tidily piled inside, most notably in my upper back, near my neck (the meningitis was having a party), in my arms and in my legs. In my head, a really angry teenager with long hair and bad skin played the snare and followed it up with lots of maddening crash cymbal action. When I asked him politely if he might be able to take it down a notch, perhaps even just to give us a bit of rhythm on the high hat, he shoved his drum sticks through my nasal cavities. And this makes it difficult to breathe properly (aka quietly through my nose), so that at night I believe Alan must have nightmares about Darth Vader coming to bring him over to the dark side.

8 comments:

Jessie said...

i hate after i get my flu shot i get sick - so ridiculous! mine only lasted a few days so i hope you're not ill for too long!

The Bug said...

Yikes! This is why I'm swearing off Webmd - I make myself crazy with all the conditions I think I have. Feel better (or at least breathe better) soon!

2busy said...

We can have a pity party together. I have been sick with similar symptoms. I didn't really get out of bed at all last weekend. Hang in there!

Sobrina Tung said...

I think I am feeling better today! I made it into work at least hahah.

Thai said...

uhh, finished your drink and shared your food...scared.

Sobrina Tung said...

Fear not! Also according to webMD, I'm only contagious the first 3 days I show symptoms, which did not start until late Sunday evening.

MunkyBt said...

HA! Funny you should write this!

So far I've been successful at evading the dreaded plague that has been circulating at work, leaving me the only person on my shift to not get sick this season. This fact had lulled me into a false sense of security, letting me foolishly think that it might actually pass me by for once... And then TODAY I discovered that my husband has contracted his own achy mucus-inducing viral shit storm, which will almost certainly make me very, very ill. It hasn't hit me yet, but I'm betting one night of sleep next to Sniffles in the diseased bed will bring about my demise. Do you think it's possible to sleep with a gas mask on? Bugger.

Oh, hope you feel better, by the way! LOL. Have you tried Yogi tea? I drink that stuff whenever I'm congested. It really helps.

MunkyBt said...

Follow Up: It's been 24 hours. I came home early from work tonight. I'm now laying in bed, hoping the nausea & body aches just go away. Damn.

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