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Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Dear Diary | 15 comments

F U (with an L in the middle)

For those of you who are longtime readers, it comes as no surprise to know that I have a pretty crap immune system. Yes, my ONE flaw in what is an otherwise PERFECT physical specimen (lololololol) is that I get sick. A lot. Lots of 24-hour bugs, stomach viruses, general ickiness… you know the drill. And for the most part, I’ve learned to cope with the fact that 90% of my PTO hours are going to end up being spent as sick leave and it’s nothing that a lot of sleep, some green tea, and a USDA-certified crapload of drugs won’t fix. That said, I still tend to complain a lot when I’m sick because, well, being sick sucks!


I can now tell you this much: after what I have been experiencing over the past 4 days, I really have no license to complain ever again. (That’s not to say that I won’t, just that I really shouldn’t, haha.) I cannot even remember the last time I was this sick for this long. It brings the whole concept of “being sick sucks) to a whole new level. This is misery at it’s finest.

Yep, I’m like 99.8% sure I have the flu. For the first time since I was probably in high school, maybe even before that. And you can blame it on me not getting the flu shot (I never do), or pushing the elevator buttons with my fingers instead of my elbows, or not using enough Purell, or maybe using too much Purell, but the bottom line remains the same: the flu is an a-hole.

Day 1 started out with a sore throat and a dry cough, both of which were uncomfortable but didn’t really seem to be too much a cause for alarm. I had a really hard time getting to sleep that night, so I figured it was a symptom of that. However, quickly upon returning home from work, things took a rapid turn for the worst. Suddenly, I had a headache, my throat was just getting worse and worse, and I felt exhausted and generally awful. And it just kept going downhill from there.

We’ll fast-forward through the weekend, which is pretty boring to talk about anyway since I spent roughly 20 out of 24 hours each day in bed. Some of the super exciting things that happened included the time(s) I started bawling because it hurt so badly each time I coughed, and also when I walked down to the basement then back up to my room and nothing–NOTHING, not my first 5K, my 15K, or my relay race across Eastern Massachussetts–has ever been so exhausting as climbing that last flight of stairs. I had to sit down before I could even reach my bed, just to catch my breath. AWFUL.

Anyway, that brings us to today. And thankfully my throat feels marginally better, though whenever I open my mouth I still sound like a 100-year-old smoker who is also a frog. I’m still exhausted (getting my own cereal from the kitchen felt like completing a half-marathon) and generally feeling poopy, but hopefully things have taken a turn upwards again. And since I’m now realizing that this entire post has essentially just turned into one whinefest and nobody likes to read that, I offer my apologies. Nobody really enjoys attending pity-parties so I’ll cut myself off for now. Thanks for letting me vent. 🙂

Ending on a positive note, the giveaway for one of FIVE signed copies of my book, Terra, is still going strong, so head on over and get your entries in now! Winners will be drawn randomly on Wednesday!


  1. I’m sorry u are sick friend! I was sick this weekend to. Luckily throat seems fine but I had a small fever and the whole exhaustion thing was rough. It was physically draining to just get out of bed and go to the kitchen for water. I probs slept like 20 hours too! Anywho…feel better soon! <3 <3

  2. Ughh. I am sick as well and I have been complaining as much as possible!

  3. Feel better soon! A teaspoon of unpasteurized honey by itself can do wonders for a sore throat.

  4. Aww! Feel better soon 🙂 My son had the flu and was out of school for the week. He was running a fever for 6 days that went as high as 103.7! Very scary!

  5. Dude I feel ya, being sick like that sucks. I’m only mildly sick right now and I can barely handle that!

  6. That sounds rough. I hope you feel 100% soon!

    And no worries about the venting – we all need to when we’re sick! 🙂

  7. I don’t know why but “a 100-year-old smoker who is also a frog” rally made me laugh. Glad you’ve still got your sense of humour!

  8. I’m right there with you on the having a crap immune system thing. And don’t worry about “complaining!”
    The flu majorly sucks, and that means you get a free pass. 🙂

  9. HMMMM my all time favorite book, there are so many, to pick just one is sooooo hard. We’ll say the Twelve HOuses series by Sharron Shinn. Loved the preview of Terra I downloaded BTW…. I wanted to keep reading :D.

  10. I realize that you live with several other people and thus there is probably a .01% chance this is relevant, BUT, I spent about a year recently having two sinus infections, bronchitis, tonsillitis twice, and more colds/sore throats/flu-like symptoms than seemed humanly possible. Turned out it was not, actually, too much or too little hand sanitizer; IT WAS ALL THE BLACK MOLD HANGING OUT IN MY WALLS. Since the mold was removed, I have not once been sick, despite making no changes in my Purell usage.

    New theory: you are allergic to something. Something that nobody else in your house is allergic to, and that may not entirely exist. It’s probably unicorns.

    Unrelated: one of my roommates just finished Terra…in two days. And she loved it. REELING ‘EM IN.

  11. Here’s a reason for you to become a teacher: you become immune to everything and never get sick! I really think that’s what did it for me!
    I hope you feel better soon- and definitely by this weekend! You can’t miss out on what’s coming! 🙂 Rest, drink water, be good to yourself!! xoxo
    (And I need to sign my copy of Terra!)

  12. “I still sound like a 100-year-old smoker who is also a frog” <— I don't know why I found that so funny, but I totes did.

    Glad you're starting to resemble a normal human being again! Keep up with the vitamin C and hopefully you won't catch anything icky this winter!

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