Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Greetings from the Sick Bed

I am just now climbing out from under the rock that has held me in bed since early Saturday - the flu. With 103 fevers and the feeling that I had left some part of me on the subway tracks, I felt sicker than I have experienced in many years. Thankfully it didn't involve throwing up or other nasties of that nature, but the fever, sweats, aches, shakes, and consumptive cough were enough to have me moaning in typical guy fashion for days. My wife, accustomed to my sick bed histrionics, greeted it all with a mix of compassion and rolling eyes. My kids just regarded me rather suspiciously, with my older son asking me to make sure I didn't throw up on the Playstation. (Oh, if only I could have willed up some carefully aimed projectile vomiting at that very moment.) This is the first day I've been out of bed for more than trips to the bathroom. And it's amazing how quickly the ague can sap one's energy and will. At least my boss possesses a cavalier attitude about using sick days, insisting I take as long as I needed to recover. I would have gladly taken the two days at work over feeling this miserable. But for once I took sick days through which I didn't feel paranoid about missing the work! That would not have been the case in previous jobs. Back to work tomorrow - and back to regular posts - I hope.


Isabel said...

Is it mean of me to have laughed reading this post? Your wife's compassion/rolling eyes attitude is more than familiar in my house.
I always say I have 3 kids, and the hardest one to take care of when sick is my 43 years old ;)
Have a speedy recovery!

One Wink at a Time said...

Oh my, poor Brian. I certainly feel for you. This flu has been all around me for a couple of weeks and I successfully fended it off until today. Right now I wish I could just drop off the face of the earth for a couple of days.
And on top of this, all my Valentine cards I was planning to send out are going to be late now... :-(

BooCat said...

The flu has hit our fair city with a vengeance and most of those who got it had taken their flu shots back in the late fall, but they got it nonetheless.
Glad you are feeling better. Take it easy for a while. From what I have seen about me, I am glad I have escaped thus far. You must still be as weak as a kitten.

One Wink at a Time said...

I must have been all hopped up on meds when I wrote that comment up there because I had a smaller siege of this on Feb. 3. I must have blocked it out. I am seeing a lot of people re-lapsing with this, so be careful. The second time for me is much worse than the first...
Hey, what are those little icon things beside Open ID at the bottom of the comments window?