Turning Point

Turning Point

Friday, March 27, 2015

I got out for my walk on Wednesday morning, beating the rain. What I did not beat was the influenza bug. By Wednesday evening I was not feeling very well at all, and I had a low grade fever, at least that is when I first took my temperature. I had come down with influenza. Yesterday was a real challenge. I drank two litres of cranberry juice and lots of water over the course of the day, in spite of having slept most of the day away. I did not eat much, but I did manage to get down a few oatmeal muffins and some vegetable soup. I know I am sick if I sleep during the day, and I don’t want my dinner!

This morning I felt somewhat better, and indeed I am no longer running a temperature. I still don’t want my dinner, but I am making myself eat meals anyway. Keeping up the fluids, water and cranberry juice, isn’t so difficult.

The real pleasure today was being able to take a shower!

The only household task I have extended myself to perform has been to clean the kitty litter. Some things just must be done, as Diesel will attest to.

The newspaper has been sitting at the end of the driveway since yesterday morning, and there it will stay for at least another day. I have no intentions on venturing outside until this bought with the flu is well and truly over. I will know it is over when my taste buds are back on track, the headache is completely gone, and I don’t need to nap during the day. Only one nap so far today, so things are looking up!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 1:00 PM EDT Friday 27 March 2015
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -2.8°C
Dewpoint: -6.1°C
Humidity: 78%
Wind: NNW 25 km/h
Wind Chill: -10


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Ellen Goodman


  1. I wonder if that headache you had that you attributed to your too-long bangs was really a precursor to this bug? It’s awful being sick and being alone at the same time. Sorry you’ve had this – whatever bug it is. No one in our house has had flu for probably 20+ years. I think I had it once in all the years we’ve lived here (29) and Paul maybe once also – and he got it the morning I was to fly to Florida to help with my sick mother! We had to call his best friend to drive me into the airport as Paul was vomiting nonstop! Ugh… I figured I’d catch it while I was traveling, but I never did…

  2. Bex, it is possible that I caught the bug that early on, and was feeling some effect from it. The headache from bangs touching my eyebrows though, that has been something I have had issue with for more than thirty years, so who knows. 🙂

    To be honest, I have hardly noticed that I am alone during this bout. Other than I have to watch myself carefully, so that I get help if it is needed. Luckily I am a few minutes away from the hospital and the emergency room, so help would be at hand in a pinch. The other thing is the that the house is an absolute tip. The dishes haven’t been done for days, dirty laundry is piling up, and of course there is the kitty litter, which I have taken care of now. The rest can wait.

    What I am really wondering is if this sudden bought with the bug is the result of my immune system being suppressed by the cortisone shot in my knee. I think that is likely. I haven’t been this sick for years!

    The cortisone shot was a one off, so hopefully my immune system will bounce back and then no more flu for me!

  3. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    Pick up time can wait until you’re feeling a bit better, though I’m sure Diesel cannot. 😉

    I found myself thinking that it might be more likely that you picked up your bug simply because you’d gone to a medical facility, where people bring in all kinds of bugs all the time.

    Glad you’re on the mend!

  4. My appointment at the Orthopaedic Clinic was a month and half ago Teri, does the flu bug hang back that long before kicking in? I wonder…

    The fever was gone yesterday morning, and now it has been gone 24 hours, hooray! I still feel lousy, but I am not worried about it getting worse. Now all I have to do is keep resting, eating, drinking, and maybe by the end of the weekend I’ll be back out for my walks. I’ll have to see how I feel. I have begun again, to do all the exercises the physiotherapist gave me to do daily. That is something at least.

    And… the weather is supposed to improve dramatically after last night, when it was very cold indeed!

  5. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    LOL! Has it really been that long? Okay, my mistake. No it doesn’t hang on that long. Usually about 72 hours before you start to show symptoms is when you acquire the flu.

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