Tuesday, October 24, 2006

"There's a flu bug getting passed around, and it's spreading like fire through the town ..." ~ Squirrel Nut Zippers, 'La Grippe', 1995

There is definitely something going around. A nasty little bug that leaves one feeling somewhat ill to their stomach coupled with a nasty headache and a feeling like one's been run over by the proverbial truck. Normally I don't fall victim to the something going around but such was not the case this past weekend.

I started feeling not so good on Friday evening but I chalked it up to the stress that I had put myself through for the past several days in regards to my unrest at work, etc. It was either that or I thought perhaps I had eaten something that didn't agree with me when I went out to dinner with my cousin for a somewhat (okay, quite) belated birthday celebration. I went into work Saturday morning chewing Pepto Bismol tablets and hoping that whatever it was would soon fade away.

Such was not the case, though, and despite the fact that I made it through my 16-hour shift, I went home that night feeling quite worn out and don't even remember falling asleep. Now I used to think that was an odd statement - to say you didn't remember falling asleep - well, of course you didn't because you fell asleep! In retrospect though, most times I can remember back to the moment where I've decided that I'm quite tired and I roll from my back to my left side and then fall asleep. Saturday night I'm pretty sure I fell asleep without the nightly ritual of changing positions and hence the reason I don't remember falling asleep.

I definitely remember waking up the next morning about 15 minutes before the alarm clock and thinking "wow, I don't feel a bit good" (to quote my old Gram B!) My stomach hurt, my head hurt, and I felt like I was trying to fight my way out of a bog rather than bed when I tried to get up. It was at that point that I decided that work was not going to be an option so I called out for the day, climbed back into bed, and stayed there until almost noon having the oddest dreams!

Even when I finally managed to drag myself out of bed and downstairs to the couch where I watched episodes from the first season of Arrested Development on DVD, I wasn't feeling any too good. I spent the rest of the day sipping tea while nursing a lousy stomach and achy head and when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer I crawled back into bed at 8:00. As I told Amanda good night she suggested that perhaps another sick day was in order for Monday but I explained to her that two days out of work without pay was not a financially good idea. Once I told her my rate of pay and she multiplied that by the amount of hours I would be missing she decided that she did, indeed, like eating too much for me to be out another day and wished me a speedy recovery!

I felt a little better on Monday so went into work still feeling a bit washed out and a little queasy around the insides but well enough to tackle the job. While there I found out that I wasn't the only one who had been falling prey to something that has been going around. Baby Liz came in but left a few hours into the shift with symptoms eerily similar to the ones I'd had all weekend; Jennifer, another scheduler, was looking somewhat peaked and said that her head and throat were starting to really bother her; and a couple people on the road told me that they weren't feeling any too great themselves. By the end of the evening Andrew, one of my favorite medics, was beginning to look like death eating a cracker though the something that he had come down with seemed to be more in the form of a cold than a stomach bug but no less debilitating.

Today one of our very reliable chair car drivers called out as well as another of our medics while we were still without Baby Liz as she was spending another day home sick. If this is any indication of what sort of flu/cold season we're facing this year, methinks it's going to be a long winter!

How about you? How have
you been feeling?


  1. Anonymous8:16 PM EDT

    Yes Linda something is going 'round. I had one child out all last week with a high fever and small amount of vomiting. A second child has been home for 2 days so far with a lot of vomiting and a slight fever. Two kids down, two to go... Good thing we are seperated by glass huh?!

  2. Anonymous9:46 PM EDT

    Well, now you have me worried... so far so good, I have had an "allergy" type runny nose and itchy eyes (nothing out of the ordinary for me in the fall) but that's it. I hope I can stave off all of the germs up here....ack.

  3. Anonymous9:50 PM EDT

    Aha--so you were physically ill with some sort of bug after all! I'm glad to hear that. I'm not wishing ypu ill health, mind ya...just glad that the latest symptoms weren't chronic--or mental.

    And I'm feeling just fine, thank you. I wish you all lots of homemade chicken soup & speedy recoveries. In return, keep your bugs on YOUR coast! (snicker..smile)

    My question--who gets a flu shot vs who is a little uneasy about 'em? I'm on the fence this year; my personal issue is the mercury in the multidose vials, but I've heard a variety of reasons for hesitation from a variety of people. On the other hand, flu sooo is not my idea of a good time...

  4. I'm feeling fine, thanks for asking Linda. I already had my "Death Eating A Cracker" episode last month, but came into work anyway. Unfortunately, my work ethic and old-school, "suck it up" upbringing compell me to show up no matter what my physical condition might be. Hopefully, you'll be feeling better for the rest of the winter.

  5. Anonymous9:14 AM EDT

    Cyndi, I never get a flu shot... I always end up feeling worse than the years I don't get it.

    However I do vaccinate my kids. I would rather be on the safe side with the little ones.



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