Sunday, December 09, 2007


I have Extra Lurgy. Yep, on top of the usual, I've caught one of the glorious bugs that are floating around at this time of year, and I'm feeling crap. Coughing, wheezing, feverish, glandular, snot-ridden Crap. The last couple of nights have been increasingly bad in terms of sweaty-shivering unpleasantness, and last night in particular was just short bursts of sleep in between painkillers and needing another drink of water.

Luckily (although I'm not sure that's precisely the word I'm looking for), it's the weekend, so I'm able to be mostly in bed. I have a good supply of various strengths of painkillers (advantage to chronic illness), I have plenty of Strepsils, I have some Olbas Oil and I have a couple of boxes of tissues. I also have a Steve, who is slightly concerned and fussing a little - but mostly in terms of running me a bath and making me cups of tea, which, you know, I'm really not complaining about.

What is worrying me is tomorrow, when I am supposed to be at work for four hours. Usually when I've been bug-ill on top of everyday-ill, it's been a case of curling up in bed until it's gone. Now I'm working, that's not an option.

I really, desperately don't want to take time off sick.
I really, desperately don't want to make myself iller again in the long-term sense by not allowing myself a chance to recover from this virus (that's the most likely thing that made me long-term ill in the first place).

I don't want to let down the people I work with by being unavailable at the busiest time of year, making them do my share of the work.
But I also don't want to turn up at the shop, do half an hour's working, then pass out, and make people not only have to do my share of the work, but also make them have to spend time fussing over me, making sure I get home safely, writing it in an incident book and god knows what else.

Hopefully I will have intensive rest today, a much better night tonight, and feel better enough in the morning that I can dose up at lunchtime, go to work and just say "look, I'm going to have to be a bit careful today," but still be more or less functional for those four hours.


In other news, Reynolds at Random Acts Of Reality is having a competition to win some books. I've had no ideas as yet.


Naomi J. said...

I hope you feel better soon. I can totally identify with the problem of how to deal with work when you're not well. Wishing you spoons!

Mandy said...

I hope you feel better very soon. Look after yourself.

Anonymous said...

My name is Dave Stallings and I have a terminal cancer and have been writing and blogging for about a year now and was wondering if you would have a place on your blog to add a link to my blog. The address is and my testimony in on my home page at I would appreciate it if you could take the time to look me up. I write uplifting devotionals to the chronically ill and have been somewhat successful at getting my messages out. According to Google, I need to have my link added to others for more exposure.

I would be happy to return the favor by adding your blog to my link. In fact, if there are others that you think my blog would fit well with, I would appreciate your feedback. I have read a few of yours and you are doing a wonderful job with your blog. Mine is less than a year old but I am doing more. The cancer causes me to lose sleep at night so a lot of my blogs are in the middle of the night.

Anyway, please consider my request and even if you prefer not to add my blog to yours, please let me know.

Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Dave Stallings


Mary said...

Hi Dave. Religion and "uplifting devotionals to the chronically ill"? Each to their own, but not really my thing so I'm afraid I can't really give recommendations. Plus, as you will have seen, I don't maintain a blogroll - too many problems with trolls. You may find it helps your efforts for "exposure" if you link to your website in your profile. Best of luck.

And ladies, good morning! I'm happy to report I am significantly better this morning. I got about six hours solid sleep, and the fever seems to have gone. Although I've filled up with snot instead - it's crazy, now I feel a bit better, but I look and sound a hell of a lot worse.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Hi Mary, I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better this morning! I'll think of you this afternoon, and keep everything crossed for you that work goes well! Take care, be sure to look after yourself, BG x