Alone in the cold

The 24-hour bug persisted for a lot longer than 24 hours, and all of a sudden things look a great deal bleaker than they did a couple of days ago.


  1. zigzag »

    7 December 2014 · 9:44 pm

    Best to you. I hardly know what to say … ennui sets in.
    The middle years are hard on the spirit. Have to let
    go of one set of things and grab a-hold of another.
    Look to further horizons.

  2. McGehee »

    7 December 2014 · 10:42 pm

    My mom’s outlook was along the lines of, “I want to see what’s going to happen next.”

    I don’t have that excuse, because usually I already know what’s going to happen next, and it’s not as if I lack practice at rolling my eyes.

    Still, maybe I can resort to Florence King’s outlook: she didn’t suffer fools gladly but was always glad to watch fools suffer.

  3. McGehee »

    7 December 2014 · 10:43 pm

    Present tense may be called for in that last paragraph. I hope so.

  4. Roger Green »

    8 December 2014 · 3:53 am

    You write the best “I AM SICK” stories. I mean, I’m sorry you’re unwell, but you tell it so…well…

  5. backwoods conservative »

    8 December 2014 · 7:04 am

    You’re too sick to die. If you want to do that, you’ll have to get better first.

  6. fillyjonk »

    8 December 2014 · 8:00 am

    Ugh, feel better soon.

    I will say that viruses rather than bacterial things are what really play hob with my emotions and senses. But I suspect any kind of illness messes with more than just the organs it’s supposedly messing with.

  7. Tatyana »

    8 December 2014 · 8:30 am

    Oh you poor oversized baby.
    Yeah, terror in the night, silence getting on your nerves, general betrayal of the body and all that – believe me, I know (I wish I didn’t, but I do).
    I bet all that would not be so intense if there was someone else close by to do the hygienic washing, and measure your temp, and cook you some chicken soup (instead of that untimely steak – what were you thinking?). Generally, give you five ore for tolerating the itchy woolen scarf, if you remember your Karlsson.

    Is there any chance you can shift your vacation time to start after taking couple more sick days?

  8. Roger Green »

    8 December 2014 · 8:34 am

    My goodness, Tatyana – why would one want to shift vacation datys for sick days, assuming one has both. I have about 10 vacation days at the moment, and about 130 sick days, accumulated over 20 years, even taking off time for a week-long flu, a week when my daughter was born, and 2 weeks when my mother died, plus regular MD and DDS appointments.

  9. Tatyana »

    8 December 2014 · 8:51 am

    Roger, obviously your workplace has a rare policy accumulating sick days. At most places, unused sick days get burned at the end of the year.

    Why would one want to shift vacation? So as not to spend it home-alone, being sick and miserable, and give yourself couple sick days to recover. Then one can enjoy one’s earned “off” time in happy mood and healthy body, that’s why.

  10. Roger Green »

    8 December 2014 · 8:55 am

    Tatyana – true. I can keep up to 200 days sick, which is comforting should I have a catastrophic illness, but 40 days of vacation. I know people who LOST vacation days because they didn’t take them, which, IMHO, is CRAZY!

  11. fillyjonk »

    8 December 2014 · 10:26 am

    And then some of us can only take vacation when it’s “officially” vacation. (Granted, I get longer vacation than most people). So if I’m sick over vacation, oh well. (I had a bout of Norovirus over Christmas some years back. I don’t recommend it.)

    We’re also unofficially discouraged from taking sick days, but if I’m vomiting or clearly badly contagious, I’m going to ignore that.

  12. Roger Green »

    8 December 2014 · 10:29 am

    I probably have taken more family sick days (home with sick child, or, once, my wife after surgery) than my own sick days. It’s all out of the same pool.

  13. Tatyana »

    8 December 2014 · 11:00 am

    Chaz, get a box of Kleenex, warm blanket, cup of tea with honey, your cellphone and go watch pleasantly silly movies. No disturbing internet!

  14. CGHill »

    8 December 2014 · 11:08 am

    I have 25 days at my disposal, 20 earmarked as vacation, five for whatever; they do not roll over.

    Several months ago, I scheduled this week and next for vacation, just to make sure the days didn’t go away. The fact that I took ill just before it started is merely one of those horrible coincidences.

    As for the steak: it had been frozen, then thawed, so it needed to be consumed.

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