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This is why people have sick leave

I was not feeling well that last few days in LV, so I delayed leaving, figuring I'd enjoy Halloween with my daughters and grandson. I made it through Halloween, although tired, even going through a haunted house with Mary - both Elaine and Joey have no use for haunted houses and both Mary and I like them. I planned to go home Tuesday.

But that night, Monday night, I slept almost not at all. I developed diarrhea to go with the rest of my illness - stomach pains, sore throat, congestion, pain pain pain. Could not sleep, had to crawl out of bed several times during the night. By morning I was a wreck and felt so tired and weak that I knew i wasn't driving anywhere.

I spent Tuesday in bed. Mary and Elaine were both very solicitous, got me whatever I could use or might be able to use. I had no appetite and although I was dehydrated it was a real effort even to drink water. Fitfully I spent the day tossing and turning and occasionally managing to sleep. I took some Niquil that night and managed to sleep again, most of the night, and by yesterday morning I felt I could make it home I wasn't sure about my strength. I went out for breakfast with Elaine, delaying my departure, but I think the delay was good because the food increased my strength. I didn't have much, oatmeal and orange juice, but it mainly seemed to stay inside me and do some good. By the time I got on the road it was almost one o'clock. I feared I would be dizzy with exhaustion before the trip was over, but i wasn't. I made it home fine, stopping for bathroom breaks and even for a snack at the start of highway 166.

Now I am feeling a bit better. I think I'll be fine at work.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Flu Shot?
Hi- Did you get your flu shot yet?
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Flu Shot?
No. I had not even seen any available around here. I haven't gotten them in the past because I don't consider myself in a high-risk group and I have the crazy idea that it's better not to try to avoid everything...And flu shots don't address every possible flu, of course. THIS year, though, if those Avian Flu shots ever become available I'm first in line.
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