Thursday, January 22, 2015

My First Encounter with a New Virus


All around me, people are sick. It's not just one thing, mind you. My city is at the epicenter of viralpalooza. What's up with that?

Several people, or their children, have reported true flu. Those folks are truly sick; it's nothing to sneeze at. Or maybe it is something to sneeze at, I can't remember. Yowza, pass me by on that one - I didn't get a flu shoot. Okay...back up for my confession. I never get a flu shot. At my age, it's hard to find a provocative stance to assert your inner rebel. Since I don't want blue hair, I'll just refuse to get a flu shot. If your husband is a doctor - and you know who you are - don't tell him.

My friend has five children and they've had several rounds of some gastrointestinal bug that has turned their three bedroom ranch into a rural vomitorium. In fact, it may be making a second round because I think the girls who had it a couple of weeks ago are getting it again. Fun. Let it all pass me by.

What I do have is a bout of laziness. At first, I thought the virus scouts had located my secure position on the recliner; I did feel a little queasy. That bleh feeling passed; I blamed it on vitamins taken on an empty stomach. But the residual laziness remained. It's gone on for three days.

You might not notice my lazy episode. I'm wired for autopilot. Everything that had to be donethis week was done; everywhere I had to be saw my smiling face present and accounted for. Dishes are washed, meals were cooked, emails were answered. The dog was walked. Vacuuming, dusting, a few loads of laundry...I'm accomplishing things, but the feeling of laziness persisted. 

When I was not actively involved in things that needed to be done, I stared out the window, doodled, and looked at library book pages without actually reading or absorbing the text. The television was on way too much and the programs I chose...ah, who cares, I don't even remember what they were (oh, yeah, I do remember one: forget about Under The Skin...). 

Meanwhile, several projects needed to move forward - like my cupboards that need organized before I lose my ever lovin' mind trying to find something mundane, like salt or baking soda. The collection of cookware that crowds my studio cabinets needs to be on it's own diet of sorts. How many cookie sheets and pizza pans does one family need? Shoes that haven't seen feet in a year need to find their new garbage can home. See? There's lots of things that could have been done, instead of just talking about it...or typing about it. 

I think I have laziness in lieu of illness; I can't complain about the tradeoff. In fact, I think I'll just put my head on the desk to sleep rather than get up and watch reruns of Friends.

Then again, I might just be missing the Hubzam. If that's it, I'm gonna be ticked. We're supposed to be too cool for that. 

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  1. At least you can theorize productively about laziness. I did get a flu shot and am still lazy. Wife says I've always been lazy. That's no help. Next year, no flu shot and my theoretical vigor could be restored.

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    1. Ha ha ha, Geo. "Theorize" points - I'll take 'em, buddy.

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  2. I have fewer moments of laziness. I've been pushing myself too hard these past few years. Before that, I had plenty of days, even weeks, of laziness where I was on autopilot, but still feeling meh and not getting bigger goals done.

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    1. You are the Queen of pumping out the work, Medeia. I think you were making plans for projects when you were toddling along in a diaper. You're my hero.

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  3. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    It is I/me, Shecky Shady, the Chandler Bing of blogging. By the way, did you hear that Matthew Perry returns to series television again this year as slob Oscar in CBS sitcom The Odd Couple?

    Mrs. Shady has been sick since the start of the year. She caught a bad cold and developed a severe infection of both inner ears. She said there's a lot of it going around the hospital where she works. For two weeks her ears have been blocked shut making it hard for her to hear. She needs to play the TV so loud that it rattles the windows, We both got a flu shot but are well aware that it cannot offer 100% protection.

    When I lived up north I found myself "hibernating" in the middle of winter. Now that I live in Florida I hibernate during the hottest days of summer. In your case, I predict that you will feel more like getting those extra tasks accomplished as the days grow longer and spring approaches.

    Happy Thursday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. That is funny that you mentioned Mrs. S having issues with her ears. While all the kids on the planet had ear aches when they were young, I never had one. This year, I've had ear aches often. I've been blaming sinus/allergy stuff.

      My man squeeze is the poster child for seasonal affective disorder. Maybe I just need some sunshine. And I'll bet you still have that extra bedroom occupied. Drats. I'll just have to shake it off. (You may be on to something.)

      It's overcast again, today! But I'm gonna do it, by cracky!

      Have a lovely day, dear friend.

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  4. I'm never lazy -- I prefer to call it a "hyper-relaxed state of inner tranquility and oneness with the couch." And I think it's more a genetic flaw than virus-induced.

    But the viruses have been running amok around my place, too. Sick grand-daughter, sick wife, and now yours truly is dealing with a re-emergence of the chicken pox virus that be-speckled my younger self many years ago, Yep -- rhymes with "jungles" but not nearly as festive. Really not as bad as I've heard in some cases, but the worst part is the sheer indignity: I'm too damn young for an old-person's infliction!!!

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    1. Rhymes with "JINGLES," not "jungles" LOL. Although "bungles" rhymes with "jungles" and that's what I did in my spelling above.

      Musta been too lazy to move my fingers to the "i" key at the right time...

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    2. Oh, Chris - that is terrible!! Man, I hope it is just a mild case and passes quickly. I had a friend who had a terrible case of "jingles" (lol) and you may have reminded me of one shot that I WILL get. Yuck, yuck, yuck. :-(

      Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been sick except for my immediate family. It's like the Grim Reaper of Viruses is standing outside the door and we're waiting for the knock, ha ha.

      I think I'll become an obsessive handwasher.

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  5. Cherdo, I'm kind of running the opposite of you, seem to have bundles of energy as I see so many around me feeling blah. So I hope it continues. The Doc said the other day that if one has had the flu shot it is probably about 40% effective. "That's better than no protection." was his comment. Really? 40% doesn't sound like much to me in light of the flu bug. Hope your energy returns. Have a great day today watching reruns or whatever.

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    1. I heard it was 23% with these new strains. Let's pretend I didn't get it for statistical reasons (cough, cough).

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  6. I hope that the laziness is just part of day to day tiredness. You really do not want the Flu. feel better.

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    1. My gut says "lazy" but my brain says "fight it off." Thanks, Munir!

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  7. I'm not sure if I'm lazy or not. Every day I vow to get absolutely nothing accomplished & I ALWAYS meet my goal!!

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  8. Maybe your "laziness" is actually your body's way of protecting you from coming down with a virus. It cajoles you to relax in a chair and watch TV, or it will attack! The flu is especially bad this year, and the virus-of-the-year mutated so the shot is only 23 percent effective. Of course, I got the shot because I'm a good girl. I've been avoiding contact with people (as always), and so far, Willy Dunne Wooters and I have stayed pretty healthy. I hope that hubzam person returns soon. You will be happier.

    Love,
    Janie

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I think I read somewhere that squashing lizards releases the flu virus into your house. Just saying...

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    2. Shady, if Cherdo didn't frown on profanity, I might release some viral obscenities on you.

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    3. I'm slowly getting over it. I don't think it's flu, but it might be this darn overcast weather combined with Hubzam out of town, etc.

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    4. Rainy days and lack of hubzams always gets me down.

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  9. I am also sick...with lazipaollusium:) People all around are sick and I don't want it. I don't get much done during the week. I work and am exhausted at the end of the day plus my doggie did a number on me the other day and twisted my ankle, wrist and knocked against my knee. Due to my joints issues it doesn't take much but thankfully it is not bad this time. I think it is wonderful to miss your hubzam. I remember my mom missing my dad. She couldn't wait for him to go for a week up North. After a few hours she wondered why he hadn't called yet. He finally did and they talked and talked. By the next day she was missing him. I was 16 at the time and thought she was nuts. My dad came home 3 days sooner because he missed my mom. Now I think back and consider a beautiful love story

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    1. I love that story, I'm pretty stuck on Hubzam. Twenty years this May (and we dated for 7, so I'm calling it 27).

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  10. I think sometimes our body just takes a rest. It realizes we're not going to give it one so it gives us tiredness to force us to rest! I think sometimes, though, you can get a slight version of a bug that isn't the full-blown thing. Is it possible you have a light version of the virus?

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    1. Maybe...but the virus my be "a funk."

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  11. Sleeping with my head on a desk and watching reruns of Friends both sound equally appealing to me.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo