I just spent a week — literally, a week — sick with the worst flu I have ever had.

I went to bed Wednesday afternoon and didn’t get up again until… Sunday? And even then, I sat on the couch for about two hours and then decided to call it a day.

On the bright side, I have material for my next writing assignment. I’m going to call it A Journal of the Plague Week.

I know I’ve asked this before, but I think it bears asking again: when you’re sick, what you want to eat?

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8 thoughts on “Wow.

  1. Yeah. I went through that this season, too. A combination of the regular, basic feel-like-I’d -rather-be-dead flu, stomach flu and the worst upper respiratory ailment (which I awore at the time was tuberculosis – I’m about four weeks out and I’m still coughing. But at least it’s a dry cough) I’ve ever had. A week passed without me acknowledging its existence – or it mine. To put it succinctly, it kicked my ass.

    I know it’s trite and typical, but chicken noodle soup is mostly what I want – with cayenne. Mango is wonderful – with chili powder and lime juice – and cayenne. So is pineapple – no cayenne, thanks. I think at one point I asked my wife for a grilled chesse sandwhich, but I have no recollection of actually eating one, so it may have been a fever-induced hallucination…

  2. So sorry you’ve been sick. We’ve experienced a variety of ailments this year. The Petri dish, aka my three year old son, brings a lot of stuff home from preschool to share with mom and dad.

    When I’m sick I like oatmeal – the pre-sweetened, highly processed stuff that comes in a packet and just requires hot water and no chewing. And if we’re getting technical, maple and brown sugar is my first choice followed by apple cinnamon.

  3. Things I’ve learned since my last comment:

    1. This flu spans the country and doesn’t care whether one lives on the East or West Coast;

    2. I should wear my glasses when I post comments, or at least check spelling and not rely on my sterling keyboarding skills.

    Glad you’re feeling better, since I seem to have left that off my comment, too!

  4. Mary Beth: It was my 5-year-old who had it first… and I know EXACTLY which kid gave it to her. [shakes a fist]

    Jay: This strain of flu needs a cool name, so people can be all “hey, where have you been?” and you can go “oh, I had [cool name flu]” and then they’ll be sympathetic and maybe a little envious.

  5. Sorry to hear you were so ill! There’s something going around here, but it’s just a nasty cold. I haven’t caught it yet, mainly because I bundle up and avoid people. If I found a job I liked I’d probably get sick more frequently.

    When I’m ill, I’ll make a lot of tea for myself and, depending on what I’m sick with, may muster the strength to assemble a plate of garlic Triscuits, summer sausage, and sharp cheddar, to be read with a graphic novel. Someone made me a bowl of miso soup (made from scratch) while I had the flu and that was pretty delicious.

  6. “Have you had [insert cool name of flu here] yet? I just got over it.”

    “Oh, I hope I get it soon! Do you think you might still be contagious?”

    Such a good idea… now how do we find the people in charge of naming strains of influenza? I mean, I’m pretty sure you can’t just call up the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and ask the receptionist for the “guy who names diseases.”

  7. When I’m sick I tend to go for salty and warm. The specifics vary. Things I can eat with my hands and are cut up into pieces are best – then I can have one piece and let the rest sit. That sounds kind of odd. I guess I was thinking of crackers, grilled cheese, orange sections, grapes. Lipton Noodle soup (not chicken noodle which has pieces of chicken, just noodle). Smoothies.

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