Dealing With The Winter Lurgy

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I have the flu; I’ve spent two works off work (aside from the two days where I went back to work, before I started feeling shitty again), bored out of my mind.

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I was freezing in that photo, I was wearing a pair of woollen tights, a pair of pants, two long sleeved tops, a hoodie, fluffy socks and was wrapped in a fluffy blanket, and I was still fucking cold.

We all know that being sick, and bored sucks, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things to do when I really don’t feel like doing much.

heart Watching TV/Movies
I watch pretty mindless things when I’m sick; stuff I know I’ll enjoy, but won’t feel bad if I fall asleep watching (trashy reality TV shows and romantic comedies are my not so secret guilty pleasure). Right now, I’m rewatching the season of finale of iZombie (turns out you miss a whole bunch when you can’t concentrate properly).

heart Watching Youtube Videos
I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos, especially clickednetwork.tv (it’s a Singaporean lifestyle channel); I’ve really been enjoying a few or their shows, especially Tried and Tested, The Clicked Show, and Hack It – they’re so entertaining.

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heart Reading Books
I downloaded a few eBooks onto my kindle at the beginning of the year, and so read a couple of those while I was in bed. I chose books that were simple, with storylines I knew I’d enjoy, so I’d be able to concentrate, without doing my head in.

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heart Going For A Walk
I really needed fresh air, so on Friday, I went for a walk to Fisherman’s Plate to get some Pho (seriously, their pho is the best) and to get some more supplies from the supermarket.

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heart Having a warm bath/shower
Warm baths are relaxing and great for achey muscles, so I’ve had a few baths recently.

heart Other Tips
Make sure you have everything you’ll need close by (I have a little box on my bedside table with painkillers, antibiotics and vapour rub and have a pile of DVDs next to my bed), drink plenty of fluids, eat well (pho and fresh fruit have been my lifesavers) and get plenty of rest.

Weekly Gratitude List

This is earlier than it would usually be as I’m home sick. I came home from work early yesterday sounding like something from The Grudge and have spent most of my time hiding in my office watching Doctor Who and Youtube videos.

What I want to be doing is cleaning; for some reason, when I’m sick all I want to do is clean (I learnt my lesson when I had the flu about four years ago; I ended up being sick for about three months because instead of resting I kept cleaning).

Mess just irritates me way more than it usually would when I can’t (shouldn’t) do anything about it – does anybody else get that? My doctor said that she gets the urge to clean when sick too.

Being sick aside, this past week has been pretty awesome. Here are some things that have made me smile.

Bright Lights On Winter Nights:
On Friday we walked along the waterfront to have a look at the Lux Wellington Night Lights Festival with friends.

Catching up with family:
It was my nephews 5th birthday on Thursday and so he came over to our apartment for dinner with my sister. It was great catching up with them because we hardly see each other and it awesome to see the smile on his face when he opened his birthday presents (one of the presents I bought was a Captain America backpack from the Disney Store when we were in Canada). On Saturday I got to see my niece; she is the cutest baby ever!

Food:
What would a ‘things that have happened this week that are totally awesome‘ post be without mentioning food?! I may be eating less and eating healthier than I used to, but great food is still great food. On Saturday we went to La Boca Loca for lunch, and I had a pork taco and ceviche. On Sunday we made some vegan/gluten free pizza bases using the Bunner’s cookbook  and holy shit that was the best pizza base I’ve ever had.

Now that that’s out of the way, I think I’m going to curl up in a chair, drink some tea and watch Easy A and maybe take a nap.

The Mad Bad Flu

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I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. It turns out I do have the #madbadflu as well as a throat infection (I have penicillin for the throat infection, not much I can do about the flu aside from take it easy and rest).

While it sucks being sick, my throat hurts like a bitch, I am bored out of my mind, I’m going to miss my nephew’s first birthday because I don’t want to risk him getting sick again (I feel like such a bad aunty, but the last time he had the flu it was pretty bad; he ended up being hospitalised because they thought he might have had pneumatic fever); and I could quite possibly kill Phillip if we are forced to spend any more time together – being sick has had it’s plus sides (namely getting sleep).

  • Being able to sleep – I usually have a hard time getting to sleep, and when I finally fall asleep I’m not really asleep. I’m usually  half asleep/awake-ish, and I keep moving around, talking and waking up throughout the night. Being sick has meant that ALL I want to do/can do is sleep which has been brilliant!
  • Online TV/movies – As I said in my Things I Love Thursday post I have almost watched all of season 5 of Ghost Whisperer (I think I have about four shows left), and have caught up on some Family Guy episodes. I have also rented some movies from the iTunes store… God I love vege-ing out.
  • My mum -She’s awesome! She picked me up from the doctor’s office and drove me home (home is less than a 5 minutes walk away), and gave me some soup for dinner which she had made for Phillip and I as we were supposed to be going around to her house for dinner tonight. So lovely and wonderful to have people make you dinner when you’re sick! The only downside to seeing her was that she didn’t want to come anywhere near me/touch me because she was shit scared she would get the flu.
  • New reading materials – Even though I haven’t seen the movie I just bought volume 1 of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and I am really excited to start reading it.

I have also found out there are quite a lot of things that I need to remember when I’m sick:

  • Just because I don’t feel hot doesn’t mean I’m not running a fever/temperature.
  • Keeping up my fluid intake is VERY important (my lips are chapped and it’s gross).
  • Make sure you get the rest you need (I wanted to go to work yesterday/today because I have felt bad taking time off (I now have a throat infection, going to work today probably wouldn’t have been the best idea!).
  • And most importantly, if you’re home sick with your partner please try your best not to annoy the shit out of each other!!