I took this photo of me today. The sun is shining, sky is blue and I am outside! Not much to celebrate you might think but this is the first time in six days I have been able to manage it. You see last Thursday without warning or consideration I was struck down with the worst bout of flu I have ever suffered. Much of the first 24 hours were spent completely unconscious and any time awake was spent desperately wishing for sleep to return in order to banish the pain.
With other family members in the house whom I did not want to infect, I was quarantined to the top level of our town house. That said given I could barely crawl to the bathroom and back there’s no way I’d have made it downstairs. So for three and a half days I was tucked away in bed, time that would have been much worse were it not for the company of Netflix. However with the vast variety of things to watch on Netflix why I felt the need to catch up on American Horror Story I’ll never know. Let me tell you that that show + a fever = some seriously unpleasant dreams. I’ll have to rewatch at some point so I can distinguish between what was the show and what wasn’t. I should have watched more anime, although to be fair that could have caused some equally distressing dreams.
By Monday I was desperately missing my kids which moved me to make it downstairs in the afternoon. It wasn’t an easy task, I needed 2 naps and an early night to recover from it! Tuesday I focused on eating to recover some strength. I had been doing my best to eat but everything tasted of nothing and I had no appetite. Proven by the fact not only were there Jaffa Cakes still in the house, they were unopened. Which brings us to today, where this post started with my epic achievement of getting dressed and going outside.
This isn’t my first run in with flu, though I will say it’s my worst. I’m annoyed that I never got round to getting the flu jab. Could have been £9 well spent and a week of my life back. Still it might not have done any good as I’ve heard it’s useless against some strains, like Australian and Japanese. It would have been even more annoying to pay for the jab and still come down with flu. I’m extremely grateful I don’t have any other health problems that could have complicated things and that I have such fantastic in laws who have been such a fantastic help getting the kids to school and back so my husband hasn’t needed to miss work.
Have you been stricken down with flu yet this winter? If not take care as I hope it stays that way for you. And if you have, well you have my every sympathy because it sucks. It sucks so much.