I love touting the fact that I don’t get sick. If I feel like my throat is getting sore, or I have a slight sniffle, I grab for my bottle of echinacea and start taking a pill three times a day. I ensure that I have at least a tablespoon of honey and that there is a nice hot tea that will keep me warm and hydrated. Yes, that usually does the trick. Oh, and I like to tell myself, and everyone else, that I am NOT sick. Lying to myself is usually the best way to ensure that the little germs and virus and bacteria stay away from my humble body. Well, this time the “bug-ger” got through. No denying it. I am sick!
I am sick of being sick. I have actually been staving off this stupid illness since 2017. It has been trying to lay waste to my body since about August of last year. My tried and true methods were tried and true then. When everyone had sinus infections, plugged ears, ratchety or phlegmy coughs, horrendous sneezes and other germ spreading conditions, I had managed to stay healthy. Oh sure, there was the occasional whisper of a sneeze. Sometimes there was a bit of a scratchy throat, but I prevailed. Nay, I conquered! What the hell happened this time?
Oh sure, I heard people at work sneezing, but I was fortified with vitamin C. My apple a day, my healthy vegetables. I washed my hands to the point of cracked dryness. Why oh why did I suddenly end up like this?
I am weak. The thought of getting out of bed leaves me in anguish. That would mean lifting my 100 lb head off the pillow. That would mean getting out of a nice, warmed up area and exposing my hot, sweaty body to the frigid cold of the room. 21 degrees celsius or 70 degrees fahrenheit. Brrrrr. The thought of motion, leaves me weak. Can I make it all the way down those stairs to get to the bathroom? Will my knees give out? Will my head loll forward, making me lose my balance, thus having me careen down the stairs? What if I can’t lift myself off the toilet once I have completed my duties (doody?).
Why do my eyes feel like sandpaper? It hurts when I try to look around. Even blinking doesn’t help. There is this immense pressure just in behind them. Or is that beside them? Huh…seems like it’s in between my eyes. Yes, that’s where it is. If I manage to raise a hand to touch the side of my nose it feels like my eyes are going to bug out and fall to the floor. I think my half-closed eyelids are managing to keep those vision balls in my head.
Oh…my head. My brain is trying to think of stuff. It’s trying really hard, but there is this weird fog up there. As I type, I see my fingers moving, but am not sure how. My burning eyes are looking at them because those flesh-coloured sticks seem to be moving on their own. My grey matter can’t be telling them what to do. All the penthouse presider is thinking is, “why aren’t we in bed sleeping?”
I recall being at the top of the stairs. Then I recall being in the bathroom. Then stuff gets misty. No more recall. Ah, I see a cup of tea beside me. Huh…must’ve made that at some point. Good call brain!
I thought it was a good call. I burnt my tongue. Then again, it doesn’t matter because I can’t really taste anything anyway. There is this blanket, a white blanket, covering my tongue. So, burnt tongue may not taste anything, but it definitely felt something. While its charred, maybe I should have some nutritious soup. That should help heal me. It has worked in the past. I’ll add my echinacea to the mix and some man-made ibuprofen and the dinnertime cocktail with healing powers is ready to go. This will entail more walking.
My brain is saying something. Move feet. Move feet. *shuffling feet* Well, it’s a start. Now arms. Lift. Why won’t my arms listen to my instructions? I command them to lift up and yet they just hang there, listlessly, by my side. We need to heat up soup pronto.
“Go to bed,” brain murmurs.
“I need food,” says…is that my brain too? OMG I am getting a split personality!
“Go to bed,” Brain 1.
“I’m hungry,” Brain 2.
Achoo! *sniffle*. Great! Now there is something running down my face. At least I have feeling in my face. That’s a good thing right? Heading way too close to my lips. Time to blow my nose. Oh good. One of the brains has decided that my feet and hands can work again. Itchy, watery eyes have honed in on the box of facial tissue. *shuffle, shuffle, shuffle* and hand reach. Looks like the body is working in harmony again. Blow nose, discard germy tissue and while I’m funtioning as a human again I will get that soup going to boil.
(Time passes). Empty bowl in front of me. Numb tongue. Belly full. I think I ate my soup. I feel full. Time to lumber up, sloth style…nice and slow…and fall back into bed.
If all goes well, my energy conservation and my healthy meal should give me enough germ fighting energy to get me back up on my feet again tomorrow. Another day in which my brain will function as one unit. My body will listen to all its orders. My sinuses will happily drain out leaving me with wide-opened, focused eyes and no throbbing pressure. I will LIVE again. I will be happy to have survived this debilitating flu!
I will be so thankful and grateful! I will spread joy and happiness to everyone! Or maybe I’ll just spread this virus around and share the misfortune. Sometimes, by living through the bad, you really appreciate all the good you have. So, if you got what I got, then all I can say is “you’re welcome!”