Thursday, 18 November 2010

Sofa day

Sleepless night, raw, painful chest, rasping throat, agonising headache, skin hurts, sinuses throb, hot, cold, hot; waves of misery and self-pity. Digital radio saves me from hurling myself from the roof in despair at 4 a.m.

A high-speed flu-type monster descends.

Lesley takes the dogs out through the park first thing, Flossie too excited by lead and street auntie to notice that I'm not going with them.


I settle on the sofa with an old duvet, a young cat, a good book, and gallons of hot water and sliced lemon, the only drink that doesn't induce nausea.


A short walk later in the afternoon is pleasant, but leaves me exhausted. Sofa calls, cats await. Dogs seem happy to sleep in the quiet warmth.

A day with a book is a delight, coughing or no coughing.

21 comments:

Deleilan said...

Oh, a visit from the flu-monster is never pleasant... Thankfully, there are books and cats to make it better. I hope you recover very soon!

judy in ky said...

Well, thank goodness for the digital radio and the sweet cat. Have a quiet, peaceful day and feel better soon.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Oh dear, hope you are fighting fit again real soon.

jabblog said...

Hope you will soon feel better. Take care and don't rush it!

BumbleVee said...

Awwwww... poor you..... it's horrible to feel like that. Sending hugs across the miles..

I have a swollen face today... I think it is a plugged saliva duct.... feels like when I was a kid and used to get swollen glands in my face every winter.... although this is not painful... and I remember those definitely were....

take care ...just hang out on the couch...it's all you can do for now... hope you're better soon.

xxx

mountainear said...

Hope you feel better soon - take it easy.

Karen said...

Anything by Barbara Kingsolver is worth sofa-time, flu or no flu. Hope you feel better soon.

the veg artist said...

Oh, you poor thing. Hope you feel better soon.

frayedattheedge said...

Oh - poor you!! Hope by now you are feeling a bit better. Isn't it funny how we say we would love a day of lying on the sofa reading a book .... until it is forced upon us!!

Ann said...

OH no...sounds like My Personal Plague of last week. I read craft books and snoozed, accompanied by nurse ratchet the dog. Feel better soon!

Dan said...

Aww, sorry you're not feeling well! A day with a book is always a delight (whether ill or not)!
Dan
-x-

Lucille said...

I'm sorry to hear you have all those horrid symptoms. Has The Lacuna been any help? This blogger wasn't enjoying it
http://mrsminiversdaughter.blogspot.com/
it does sound a bit heavy for 'flu.

Anonymous said...

Aaargh, you have it too. Fun, yes?

Thinking of you

Jan x

Sue said...

Hope you feel better soon.

Isabelle said...

Oh dear! (But you are a true blogger, reporting from the front line of disease and even taking photos.) Hope you soon recover.

Dragonfly Dreams said...

With all the love and kisses I am sure you will be receiving from your canine and feline friends, I know you will be feeling much better soon!

June said...

It's awful to feel that sick. You feel as if you'll never feel better again, don't you?
But you will.
And I hope it's soon!

Hazel said...

Poor Rachel! At the risk of unleashing a torrent of unsolicited advice (for which I apologise in advance) - gargle with TCP - all germs quite rightly flee in the face of this!

Hope you feel better soon. x

C.S. said...

So sorry to hear about the flu...be better soon. Sending good wishes your way...

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Hope you feel better soon. The sofa, cats to cuddle with, a good book, and sleeping dogs will hopefully speed your recovery.

jinksy said...

Where would we all be at 4 am without digital radio? Do hope you feel better soon...

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