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Dept. of Health, Follow Up Division

All Told, Pretty Acceptable

Because he's home, he's home!

So, yeah, as the title says ...

... except for the part where I have honest-to-god influenza, just like my Best Beloved. Because, yes, the medical powers that be first said of BB "Pneumonia and probably influenza," then said, "HA! Joke, Moshe, just pneumonia!" and then, yesterday, as I was coming home from the doctor's appointment where I was diagnosed with influenza, wondering why, when I'd only* been exposed to pneumonia, they phoned to say, "Pysch! We were right the first time - pneumonia and influenza - jackpot!"

I'm on the generic for Tamiflu, and I believe I was diagnosed quickly enough for the med to shorten the virus's span inside me by a couple of days. Whether it lessens the symptoms is not the point. Right now my temp runs between normal (97.9 for me) and 99.4 or 99.5 - so enough of a hike that it isn't comfortable. My throat is killing me; I didn't laugh when the doctor suggested gargling with salt water. That's fine for the kind of sore throat that's scratchy. A flu sore throat is muscular; as if the muscles you use to swallow are inflamed and tender. Salt doesn't do fuck-all for that. Hot fluids on the other hand, do help.

Still, flu or not, I had things I had to do today. I tidied the kitchen, went out and Costco'd for dry cat food and a couple of other necessaries, plus some cranberry orange things that were half cookie and half cake, and very delightful with a hot cup of tea. Last night, before I collapsed, I folded the last of the clean laundry, and now I only have the dirty laundry to deal with. One has no idea how much having an in-unit washer and dryer means until one spends much of the day in bed; then tearing the sheets off and cleaning them is both a luxury and necessary for one's mental health.

I've been keeping an eye on the political landscape, and hoping that the chickens Mueller is feeding become large enough to squash 45 when they come home to roost. Further deponent saith naught because it's fluffy bunny time. Which I declare any time the world starts getting too negatively overwhelming, and I'm talking about or considering that state too much. It's gotten said many times over the last few months. Fluffy bunnies, fluffy bunnies, fluffy bunnies.

I'm into Chapter 30, and it's coming along. It's over 500 words!

I'll stand here and let those of you who can easily push thousands of really good words into good stories within a day snicker. Look, I'm in awe of y'all. I can't write fast, not to save my life. Possibly to save someone else's life ... but I digress.

I have other things to do: I have some meta to read, a friendly Texan to call on the morrow (you know who you are, and you don't know how much your call, as truncated as it had to be on deadline day, lifted my spirits), more writing to do, a little Canadian gloating about our Olympic medal count, along with mourning that our curling and hockey teams lost their various series. Canadians and complacency mix badly. Then I have people's posts to read, and intelligent comments to make on those posts. Yes, a busy day tomorrow.

*For various powers of "only," of course.

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Feb. 25th, 2018 08:21 pm (UTC)
<3 I hope everyone in the family gets better soon—you all take care!
Feb. 25th, 2018 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks - we're trying. It's a sunny Sunday afternoon, and I managed to sweep the kitchen and dining room; Bob and I made the bed, and he's doing some laundry. On the whole, I think we've managed to keep the place from looking like a sty. It takes up a lot of energy, but living in a messy home also takes up energy. Now that it's at least presentable, we can go back to being sick slugs.
Feb. 26th, 2018 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd say you do that! Home-keeping is important, but you need to get some rest too <3
Feb. 26th, 2018 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad BB is doing better - and hoping you recover fast as well!! Don't push it, yeah? Take care of you. Sending all my love...

Feb. 26th, 2018 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hugs right back to you, my dear!

I'm going to attempt a full day of work today; we'll see how that goes. Bob will continue to take it easy. We're both still pretty congested, so I won't go out tonight, even if I do have meetings to attend.

Feb. 28th, 2018 06:39 am (UTC)
Hope you both are feeling better!!

Feb. 26th, 2018 09:40 pm (UTC)
You were actually able to get writing done while sick with influenza? I'm honestly impressed.

I get that the symptoms are just something you have to suffer through until you both recover (kind of like chemo side-effects, I suppose), but I still hope it will still pass as quickly as possible. And, like I wrote on Facebook, tea helps. In my admittedly biased Russian opinion.

Edited at 2018-02-26 09:40 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2018 11:42 pm (UTC)
Delayed response; I have most definitely been drinking tea - with a lot of milk, which sort of defeats the purpose of getting rid of catarrh, but does wonders for my mood. I'm thinking of trying just tea with honey, but (and this says more about me than I care to think about) I hate the fact that tea without milk stains the insides of my tea cups.

Time for some Japanese green tea with barley. That I'm very happy to drink without anything in it, and it doesn't stain anything.

And I'm almost all better now! BB is also better, but his health means his recovery is a lot more slow.
Feb. 28th, 2018 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sick with pretty much the same thing you have/ had. I'm home today because my entire body aches, but mainly because my voice is completely kaput. When I try to talk, I sound like something from a bad horror movie. I can whisper, but that's it. Last night I was running a 100 degree fever and was shaking so hard I couldn't get warm under a mountain of blankets. I took some Tylenol, which brought the fever down to the point where I could sleep.

Thankfully, the internet allows me to stay connected to work. Also thankfully there is not much happening in the office right now.

hoping that the chickens Mueller is feeding become large enough to squash 45 when they come home to roost

Oh God, me too. I keep hoping one or more of those chickens will sing like pretty little canaries. : D
Mar. 5th, 2018 12:18 am (UTC)
Another delayed response; I hope you're doing better now - you really sounded as if what you had was much, much worse than what we had. Chills like that are the worst! Accept many virtual mugs of hot chocolate from me!. I'm much better, as is BB. All the dueling doctors' diagnoses finally came down to "Flu B" which is simply bacterial flu. As BB's doctor said, "I don't know why they give the same name to two very different illnesses." Probably because
Mar. 5th, 2018 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm still sick (see my most recent post). It's actually a bacterial sinus infection, which means they can put me on an antibiotic. Alas, the medication they put me on to control the coughing has done jack squat, so the most annoying symptom is still a problem. : (
Mar. 6th, 2018 02:33 am (UTC)
Eurgh. Sinus infections are awful; my sympathies are still with you!

the medication they put me on to control the coughing has done jack squat, so the most annoying symptom is still a problem

One of the only things that has ever controlled coughing for me has been codeine, and even though I take codeine every day, it wasn't enough to stop the coughing.
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