Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sick, Faking It, Or Just Lazy? You Be The Judge

Night before last, I awoke at 3 AM with a scratchy throat.

Immediately, I realized that my legs and arms were aching too.  I seemed to feel hot and cold at the same time.  Oh dear! Is this the dreaded flu?

About 5 AM, I drifted back into sleep, but knew I was probably done for.  My friend had the flu recently and it turned into double pneumonia.  I had assumed I was pretty safe because I heard the flu season was over.  Damn! 

I dreamed of a lovely funeral for me and saw all my family and friends crying and saying how sad it was that I was cut down so cruelly, and only slightly past my prime.

I was sort of happy that Alex had gotten me Casablanca lilies in full bloom.  He can be so thoughtful about things like that.

It was really a pretty nice funeral as funerals go.  And the "reception" after was very elegant, thanks to my daughter-in-law's assistance, and my husband's wallet and generosity.

I climbed out of slumber to find that it was almost 9 AM and that I was actually still alive (much to my surprise).  I swallowed a couple of times and my throat was less scratchy than it had been.  Hmm.  All of my parts that are supposed to move seemed to be working so I got out of bed.  I wrapped myself in a pink blanket (pink is a good color if you are sick), and carefully came downstairs.

Alex was working from home yesterday and he was on a conference call.  I went to the kitchen to get my first cup of coffee for the day.  Alex got off the phone and I told him, "I'm sick."  He responded with an appropriate platitude "Poor baby!" and I toddled off to lie down in the next room and turned on television. I also telephoned my friend, Nelson, to tell him that I needed to cancel our lunch date because I was sick.  He was sympathetic and solicitous in equal measures.  I like that in a guy.

Alex came in as I was dozing and watching CNN.  "What do you want to do for lunch?", he asked.  "I don't know, Alex.  I'm sick." He wandered back into the office to get on another conference call.  Zoe jumped up on the bed to cuddle up next to me.  We turned on Dr. Phil.  Neither one of us likes Dr. Phil, but he's great to sleep to.

Alex ran to a local bistro to pick up sandwiches for our lunch.  I did get up eat in the kitchen and then I went back to lie down.  There seemed to be nothing wrong with my appetite.  I wondered when the high fever and chills would start.  Actually, I felt pretty comfortable.  Weird.  This was the least distressing flu I've ever had.

I lay in bed watching one fun show after another all day.  I did get up around dinner time and go into the kitchen.  Alex asked me, "What do you want for dinner?" and I told him, "I don't know.  I'm sick."  He ordered kabobs and a salad from the Afghani place in town that delivers. When dinner arrived, it was quite good!  Alex asked me, "What do you want to drink?".

I asked him to give me a beer.  He looked at me kind of funny and brought me one.  "Should you be drinking beer while you are sick?", he asked.

"I'm better now." I told him.

64 comments:

  1. Everyone needs a mental health day every once in a while. I'm taking one today. Unfortunately, I'm also running a fever. Can Alex come care for me? Glad you are better.

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  2. Linda, you are one of a kind. Damn shame too because I could really use a friend like you who lives closer than a country away. Oh, the laughing I'd do at your expense.


    Unrelated: I was shocked to learn you drink beer. Hope it was not a PBR. You're way to classy for something we used to call swamp water.

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  3. Hey Cheryl, I'll get you out to Northern Cali sooner or later!



    I drink Belgium Wheat Beer! With a slice of lemon in it. It's a delight and good for what ails me!

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  4. I'm well, now, Ann! It's a miracle! PTL!

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  5. You know you're better when you want a beer, Token!

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  6. Honestly, Cheryl, at first I thought I was getting sick. (But by 2 PM, I realized I was fine. I just didn't want to push myself, know what I mean?)

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  7. Timing is everything!

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  8. Katherine KellesisMarch 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Hahaha! This has happened to me before too!!! Especially one days when I don't want to cook or do anything :)

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  9. Ha! Way to get out of cooking.

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  10. Still...a day of taking it easy does a body good. I think it was sweet that Alex was so attentive.

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  11. You are a genius! I think I may be coming down with something, too.

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  12. Way to work it, Linda. ;) Glad you're better, but even when you're sick you're still gorgeous.

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  13. Slightly past your prime? Are you crazy woman?! You've got easily 20 years before you start to nudge past your prime! :-)

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  14. Hahaha, you sound like my husband! When he really got the flu, he said guess I didn't have the flu before! You think?

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  15. I really was worried about catching the flu this year, Suzi. And I tend to be a bit of a nervous Nellie over illnesses. I'm old. I could die really easy.

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  16. Okay, but I admit I'm past my "sell by" date! LOL!

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  17. I think I look pretty funny, Jayne, but thank you!

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  18. Yeah, but you'll get better for the flavored Vodka, Thoughtsy!

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  19. Well, there was that too! I'm a sly one, I am!

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  20. I really thought I might be sick (for a while anyway). But then I milked it for all it was worth!

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  21. Cheryl, he really mainly ignored me, but he did provide the food. Oh, and the beer!

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  22. Stretch this out, Linda. Sounds like a great deal.

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  23. You look gorgeous even when you're sick. Feel better soon. xox

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  24. I purposely let the mascara from the day before melt below my eyes, Nubian. I've missed you and hope things are going fine for you and yours. I still await us meeting and sharing a glass of Silver Oak!


    I had to look the sick part, but I'm actually fine!

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  25. Two days of lounging and now I'm bored, and better too. Plus, I need to drink beer without censure.

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  26. Sent you an email ;-)

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  29. You always make me laugh. Hope you really are better!

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  30. Oh I'm good, Fiona! I'm past faking now and back to the kitchen!

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  31. TheEquestrianVagabondMarch 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    well since you went and already had a lovely funeral, the flu had no reason to stay and kill you. of course yummy Afghani food will knock it out too!

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  32. Yeah, that food didn't hurt anything. Neither did the beer!

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  33. You know, now that I'm reading this, I think I'm coming down with the flu. I should probably stay in bed tomorrow, maybe watch some TV, have M make me breakfast and lunch and dinner. You are an inspiration, my friend!

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  34. It works best if you don't dress or shower. Just lie there and look lovely and pale. Moan every once in a while and when M asks you what's wrong, sigh and say "Oh nothing".

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  35. Oh, I'd love to be pampered... Just checking in to make sure you really are well!

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  36. Oh thanks, Fiona! I'm fine. I am a faker!

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  37. I don't think you were lazy or sick. You just wanted attention but not a thing's wrong with that. Heck, who doesn't like to be paid attention to? I think a pastel blue works well on me when I'm sick. Not that I've ever tried it but since you mentioned colors....

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  38. Totsy, you look ravishing in powder blue. But then, you look good in most things. And I was too kinda sick. Just not "really" sick!

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  39. If hubby is delivering food and beverage to bedside, then sick or not, you are being pampered. And I don't care for Dr. Phil either. If I fell asleep with him on the tv, I'd likely have nightmares.

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  40. Renee, Alex is a good egg. I don't get sick very often so he's not being abused. But it is good just to let go for a day and be a slug.

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  41. Ahahahahhahahahah! I love a good old fashioned lazy day like that. Sleeping, watching TV, and having other people take care of me!

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  43. All those things are fun, but being sick isn't. I'd rather see you well than see you stuck in bed, Sugar. I know that ain't fun when you do it as often as you've had to.

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  44. Being sick DOES suck. But just being lazy can be fun!

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  47. I came down with something starting Monday that sounded like what you had! Ugh. I hate cold and flu season!

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  50. Thank you for all your comments. Hope you're fully recovered now.

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  51. You are so welcome, Fiona! I adore your photos and you give me something to soothe my soul with every post. Your images touch me in such a way that only wonderful art can! You, my dear, are fabulous!

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  52. Are you really better? Because...it's been awhile.

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  53. Hey Linda! Glad you're better. Beer is always a good sign, tho I must confess I often get dehydrated and need another. Cheers! Indigo x

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  54. I know. I'm fine physically, but I am dull mentally. Can't write a word.

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  55. Nothing wrong with me that a couple of Hoegaardens wouldn't make better!

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  56. You cracked me up with the part about Dr. Phil. I keep a documentary on my Netflix that I sleep to. I call it my "napumentary." Zonks me out every time. Also, it's a well known fact that just seeing a beer can improve my health. :) Love you. Write something again soon! :)

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  58. Linda, is all well with you? I've missed you and for a while had trouble leaving comments. Occassionally disqus doesn't recognize me or maybe it's wordpress. Who knows? Hope you are feeling all better and being pampered as you so richly deserve.

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  59. Neither one of us likes Dr. Phil, but he's great to sleep to. Ha! That is so true! Hope you're ok hon, you are taking quite a break.

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  60. Hey Ms. G- I've just been unable to write. I don't know why. But I'm doing it today! I'm fine, just wordless!

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  62. Thanks Nora! I'm fine now, and will post this afternoon.

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