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    The flu and what I didn't do

    I have a tendency to think rules and statistics don't apply to me. Not because I consider myself above others, but simply because I prefer to be an optimist and assume good things will happen, not bad.

    Most times such positive thinking yields benefits. Recently, though, such positive thinking left me laid up and sick as a dog.

    (Quick aside: As I pet my dogs yesterday morning while in my sickly state, I pondered that phrase, as my dogs are never sick. The phrase makes no sense.)

    Anyway, what happened is this: For quite some time, I had it on my calendar to go visit Bubby and Mac at the end of January. Then, days before my visit, Bubby was confirmed as having the flu, and it was highly likely Mac would come down with it, too. The question arose regarding if I should cancel the trip, considering my MS and what exposure to the flu might do.

    I chose to visit them anyway. I assured my daughter—their mother—there was no need to worry because I'd be just fine. And when Mac avoided the flu but came down with bronchiolitis during my visit, I again assured my daughter I'd be just fine.

    And I was fine—while I was there. The day after I returned home, though, the super bugs from those little boys settled in, leaving me, well, sick as a dog.

    So yesterday, in my sick-as-a-dog state, what did I do? Well, of all the things I should have done, here is what I didn't do:

    • I didn't walk my dogs.

    • I didn't write the book reviews I need to write.

    • I didn't comment on the blogs I should have.

    • I didn't complete three articles I was on deadline to write.

    • I didn't shower until 4 p.m. (Though I did brush my teeth.)

    • I didn't put on makeup nor do my hair after that shower.

    • I didn't email sources for an article I need to write.

    • I didn't respond to the gazillion emails I should have responded to.

    • I didn't write the half-gazillion emails I should have written.

    • I didn't read.

    • I didn't write.

    • I didn't even listen to any music.

    What did I do?

    I sat on the couch, wrapped up in an afghan with one of my cats, each of my (non-sick) dogs on their beds nearby and watched episode after episode of Downton Abbey—a show whose spell I didn't think I'd fall under but figured I'd see what all the hoopla is about.

    What did I learn?

    I learned that the rules and statistics do apply to me. Especially when it comes to catching the flu. Doubly that when it comes to being charmed by Downton Abbey.

    (Though I've yet to learn why 'sick as a dog' is an acceptable phrase.)


    Today's question:

    When were you last sick as a dog?

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    Reader Comments (15)

    Lisa, you have my utmost sympathy and empathy! I hope you feel better sooner rather than later. Got my flu shot early Dec. when my Grandson and daughter both came down with the Type A. Had it once and I'll be darned if I ever get it again.

    Unfortunately, while in Atlanta at a trade show I picked up a different monster germ that won't go away. Nearly 4 weeks now and I'm still fighting the good fight. Mind over matter isn't working & neither are antibiotics. I'm not a patient patient!

    Trying to suck it up, put on my big girl granny panties, and realize there are people with far more serious health issues out there. But thanks for letting me whine :)

    P.S. I'm planning to watch Downton Abbey later this year...enjoy!

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Hi, I've been lucky to dodge that flu bullet--so far. But my sympathies are with you. Feel better soon. Thanks for hosting Grand Social blog hop!

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLoy

    So sorry to hear you caught that awful flu. I hope you didn't get to the episodes of WWI flu epidemic on Downton Abbey. And I hope you feel much better soon. Rest up because you'll have an awful lot waiting for your attention.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    I'm still dragging after suffering stomach flu while you were gone so, my prayer had been that neither you nor any more of my family would come down with any version of the awful "DEATH Virus" as Debbie had named it (she had it the week before I did). Apparently, even prayers are not immunity producing against this stuff.

    Do recover soon, Sweetie; you do have so much to do and need to feel better quickly.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Dang, hate to read that you're sick. Please don't sneeze on me ;)

    Get well soon!

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    I've managed to avoid the flu - so far - this season. Sorry you're feeling so awful - but Downton is wonderful, isn't it?

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Greenthal

    Just before Christmas I had a nasty stomach bug. That question answered, you tell me: Do you need anything?

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    I hope you feel better soon, and I'm glad Downton Abbey can be there for you. Team Lady Sybil!

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

    Please take care of yourself! I've been pretty lucky to not have gotten sick when my husband was sick and when I worked around sick kids and subbed for sick people.

    I'm totally hooked on Downton Abbey too!

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    I am so sorry you are sick. Like Nonnie, Grampy and I went to a trade show on January 21st and came back with every hideous bug they had. We are JUST starting to really recover and it has NOT been fun. Like you, I am behind in everything but I am determined to recover. Keeping my fingers crossed that you are better soon, too.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    A long, long time ago and I"m knocking on wood as I write this.

    Hope you're feeling lots better very soon.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    on the bright side--you discover downton abbey! get well soon.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelley

    Poor you Lisa, so glad to hear that you are a little better. Being sick is like having babies, everything grinds to a halt because only they matter. SO glad that you are and about again, L.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    So sorry to hear you are under the weather Lisa. Hoping you're on the mend very soon. So glad you got to watch Downton Abbey in the meantime.

    February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    I feel your pain! I hope you recover quickly. I haven't had the flu for over 15 years and came down with it at Christmas while visiting my daughters in California. I am only now starting to feel back to normal. It seems that we have all been under a "Super-Bug Attack."

    Baby Boomer Chix must think alike, because thanks to Hulu & Netflix, I had my own Downton Abbey Mini Marathon. I found it to be a great immune system booster along with fluids & rest.

    Praying for your speedy recovery!

    February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary/Baby Boomer Chix
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