Drink Plenty of Fluids

I’m getting over the ‘flu. If there is such a thing as a “mild case” then I guess that’s what I had. I mean, I didn’t have to see the doctor or anything. I just stayed home and did what most medical professionals recommend—stay home, try to rest, and drink plenty of fluids. That last bit of advice is kind of odd, by the way, drink plenty of fluids. What else are you supposed to drink? Solids? But since my bout of ‘flu coincided with one of my husband’s frequent business trips to Mexico, I was alone for much of the duration, and it allowed me to make a few observations.

It’s a good time to do your nails. Housework was right out the window since all my muscles felt like they’d been replaced by ground glass, so I didn’t have to worry about wrecking my manicure with rinsing off dishes or anything. Plus, doing your nails doesn’t require much movement, and a stuffed up nose means you can’t smell the polish. So even though the rest of me looked like the dog’s dinner, my nails were fabulous. I went through three different colors while I had the flu, and it was quite calming to sit quietly and buff my nails, paint them, and seal them with a shiny coat of Seche Vite.

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It’s impossible not to feel sorry for yourself. I don’t know what it is about being sick, but it seems to bring out the most maudlin moods. I mentioned that my husband was in Mexico while I had the ‘flu, but my youngest daughter’s vacation from work also occurred during that time, so she was out of state visiting first her grandmother, and then her best friend. This left me feeling completely abandoned. It didn’t matter that I still had a daughter, son, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and two nephews still here in town. I still wanted everyone who lived close to be close. I wouldn’t have let them near me had they been here, because I didn’t want them to get sick. But I still wanted them handy just because. So I guess being sick also makes you selfish.

You come up with cool inventions. My best idea was for a portable shower operated by remote control. Never mind that I had no idea how to keep everything else from getting wet. I’m not an inventor, I just come up with the ideas. It’s up to someone else to figure out the logistics.

Juli Page Morgan

You’re not over the ‘flu when you think you are. After feeling so horrible for so long, it’s easy to mistake the first day you feel less horrible for being well. I was so thrilled to be able to stand upright without it bringing on a bout of exhaustion that I engaged in a flurry of activity. I changed the sheets on the bed, ran around wiping down all the light switches and surfaces with anti-bacterial cleaner, and unloaded the dishwasher. Of course, an hour later I felt worse than ever and ended up sleeping for 16 hours straight in my recliner which left me with a stiff neck and pissed off pets that hadn’t been fed for 16 hours.

I’ve finally gotten over the ‘flu, for real this time. Yesterday was the first day I woke up and felt really rested. I’m taking it slow, though, and trying not to overdo things. My muscles are still in protest mode, but they’ll come around. Plus, my husband is home, and that always makes everything better. 🙂

I hope you don’t get the ‘flu, but if you do then stay home, come up with cool inventions, do your nails, and don’t drink solids.


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