Friends step up
Some of you may have noticed I posted for the past two weeks. What you didn't know though was it came as a huge surprise to ME!
My friend, also my webmaster Angelia Phillips from flashpress in Indiana, and Maria Jordan (of marcoujor’s musings) my other-gal pal in Pennsylvania, apparently decided ‘flu was not an excuse for another no-publish week!”
We work as a team. We’re usually in touch on a daily basis, and this pays dividends when life interferes. It's a wonderful thing to know your friends will step up whenever needed. Thank you ladies, you are just the best!
And thank you, other global friends, for your sweet emails. They are most appreciated.
Attack of the dreaded ‘flu virus
I’d had a great time at my knitting group with the girls on Tuesday morning. By night time though, the fever and chills had started.
Entwined with this was a dry cough, sudden complete loss of appetite, and inability to do much beyond rest on the recliner and enjoy fitful naps between the pain of all the coughing, the chills that seemed never ending.
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Another couple of days later and the thought crossed my mind it might be good to see if Dr. Lovely might have a miraculous cure. I called the clinic, and they gave me an appointment right away, providing me with a face mask as soon as they saw me.
Dr. L. was her usual, compassionate self. She had already sent one patient to the hospital that day, and seen another with symptoms like mine. Somehow it made me feel better just to know I wasn’t the only sufferer. She noted it was the fourth day, remarking the fourth and fifth days seem to be the worst, but generally you're feeling much better by the seventh.
It was a beacon of hope for the near future. She had no fancy medicine to offer, no antibiotic, because it's a virus. Dearly Beloved drove me home again, and settled me onto the recliner after making sure I'd imbibed another glass of orange juice and over the counter (OTC) medication to reduce the temperature.
So it became like a reverse Christmas countdown...fifth day, sixth day and seventh. On the eighth day of ‘flu the chills left and the temp came down to normal. Aha!! I thought. This was wonderful. I started to plan all the social things I'd do. And of course I'd drive myself! I was managing to eat small amounts too.
The ninth day came, with a bit of a setback. The raised temp suddenly appeared again, reminding me I’m still not out of the woods. So frustrating.
There are a couple of unforeseen complications, too.
- My middle ear blockages have caused some deafness. I hope it's temporary.
- I have a tremor in my hands, making typing seem as though I have a major stutter!
I've stopped counting now. It seems everyone has their unique timetable to overcome this determined virus. I'll work on just enjoying the improvements and feeling gratitude on a daily basis.