Tuesday, November 10, 2009

H1N1, my guilty little pleasure

     Last week at work, I was feeling like a salmon swimming upstream the entire week. I couldn't seem to drag myself out of bed on time, the simplest of tasks leaving my muscles aching, and sweating at the most minimal of exertion. I spend the entire week feeling like a complete failure. Wondering why it's so hard to get myself back in the grove of working again. I did it before, why not now? My complaints to my father even prompted him to suggest maybe construction work isn't for me after all. Anger aside, what gives?

     Then it hit me. Friday night the fever came, by Saturday I was over 102. The body aches, sore throat, coughing, and fatigue! Called the nurse, and yes, you guessed it...the flu. I didn't go in to be tested to find out which kind. Here they don't even want you in their office for flu symptoms unless you are having complications and headed to the hospital. I have had my seasonal flu shot, and the CDC is saying if you have the flu now, you have H1N1, AKA Swine flu. So I am assuming I am infected with H1N1, and IT SUCKS!!!

     I called my mom on Saturday and she was thankfully able to take the kids off my hands. I have spent the last 4 days sleeping day and night. Somewhere around day 2 or 3 I realised this is the first time in 8 years I have just been able to lay down and be sick. Never before have they been elsewhere while I was sick. I also realised how much I am enjoying this guilty pleasure. I miss my kids loads, but it sure is nice to be able to take the time to heal. To not worry about feeding them or changing them, just resting. The flu is bad no matter how you dice it, but it's much nicer to have it alone without having to care for others, or worry about them catching it next.

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