Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Accept

Some might call it resignation.  I prefer to think of it as a serene sort of acceptance.  Very Zen-like in nature and demonstrating a willingness to embrace what the universe has to offer.  The moment one simply accepts that there are things which cannot be changed is a profound one.  Of course, those moments are rare, but I do get them every now and again.  

My most recent moment of "Okey-dokey" came around 3:00 this morning.  I was doggedly drinking coffee to counteract a long overdue reaction to the antihistamines which had left me with a case of the jittery-legs beyond description.  To help kill the time, I periodically would stick the thermometer in my mouth and watch the little digital display inch ever higher up the Fahrenheit scale.  That was when I got it.  My moment of acceptance.  I do not have The Worst Cold In The Whole Wide World.  I do not have a raging case of The Goo.  

What I have is the flu.  

It is the same flu which struck down several of my teaching colleagues over the last month.  They were all very willing to share the symptoms.  To the last, I can say I have them all.  Frankly it was the fever that tipped me off.  I normally run a pretty low temperature so even a touch of fever is rather easily felt.  With that piece of the puzzle in place, I had everything I needed to begin the process of acceptance.  

This was also a pretty good time to start working on that grudge I now bear against my flu shot.  My flu shot was sleeping on the job.  It let me down.  I normally give full-on love to my flu shot.  This year's version missed the mark by about a mile.  And that would be a Goo-covered mile in case anyone is interested.

There has been no knitting today whatsoever.  In fact, there hasn't been much in the way of anything.  Unless, of course, you count laying on the couch and whimpering.  I've done a lot of that.  But I also managed to make it down to the mailbox to pick up a package since the tracking site indicated that my latest batch of zombie movies might be waiting for me.  They were.  But I've only managed to watch one.  

For the record, watching zombie movies when you are feverish is not a great idea.  It leads to dozing off and thinking that zombies are in your living room.  I'd jot that one down if I were you.  Trust me.  You don't want to forget it.

I accept the current situation, fever-zombies and all.  I'm too tired and sore to do anything else.  I am so full of the acceptance that I forgive Blogger for not uploading the pictures of the Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty with his latest Dollar Store Cat Cave.  My thought was that people might be more likely to overlook my whining if I tossed in a cute cat picture or two.  But, after an hour of trying to upload, I have accepted that this isn't going to happen tonight.

I don't blame Blogger for not wanting to touch anything that is coming out of this place right now.  Just because I am so overflowing with acceptance doesn't mean that everyone should be.  I also happen to be overflowing with The Goo and that is enough to make anyone wary.  Accepting a digital download from this location could result in just about anything at this point.

I'll see you Saturday.  Let's hope that I am less in need of an "accepting attitude" by then...

SA


22 comments:

Mel said...

I just got my flu shot a couple weeks ago. Guess it's a good thing I haven't bumped into you in the interim. Are you sure it's not strep throat or something else that antibiotics would help?

Hope you're on the mend quickly.

trek said...

Bleh. Twice even.

This is not the way to spend a vacation. Nor even a staycation. Nope. Not at all.

Are you planning to get better ust in time to return to work or are you planning another episode of Monkey Pox??

Karen said...

Please feel better quickly. The flu is nasty stuff. Maybe you'll get a mild version what with having had the flu shot.
I'm going to start sending good vibes for April vacation. You mustn't get sick again on a vacation.

Anne said...

Oh dear. I was hoping for less goo, rather than more goo when I popped in tonight.

DO take very good care of yourself! Some kitty love and lots of naps and tea, I think, are in order.

Julie said...

I hate when the darn flu virus mutates faster than the vaccines can keep up with.

Hope you're feeling better soon, and that in the mean time you can sleep a lot and don't have to do anything more than make tea and toast. Sleep well, and hang in there.

Kath said...

Aren't there names for different strains of flu? So would that make this the Goo Flu?

Sleep much and feel better soon!

twinsetellen said...

Thank you for doing your part to protect the earth from zombies.

MathIsBeauty said...

I hope the Goo Flu (love that name) releases its grip on you soon. hugs

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh. Flu = bad. Even a chocolate fondue doohickey doesn't make the flu better. I hope it goes away quickly.

Lynne said...

Get well soon.

Or can the flu be reason for not returning to work after a week of vacation...?

=Tamar said...

You _have_ been to a doctor, right? Or at least phoned one? It's possible to have opportunistic diseases once the flu has weakened your immune system.

catsmum said...

just so long as it doesn't turn out to be the dreaded monkey pox again ...
be well [ eventually ] sweety

Mia said...

Feel better sheepie. And at least you have brownies. right?

Mizzle said...

Poor you!

(Although I can't blame Blogger - they have to be careful about viruses... :P )

Hope you get well soon!

(word verification: epines. Know any guys who are pining for you? The AGK maybe?)

Beth said...

Fever-zombies sound serious. Try a copy of Pride and Prejudice or Mamma Mia. It might be better to think that Colin Firth is in your living room. :)

Donna Lee said...

This vindicates my anti-flu shot stance. I have refused for the last several years (and working at a health care facility, they really pressure you to get the shot) and have remained flu-free. The darn vaccine is smarter than the vaccine.

I hope you feel better soon. What a waste of perfectly good vacation time.

Cursing Mama said...

Ewwwww

Cindy said...

What a horrific way to spend your week off work. I hope your kitties are a sufficient comfort to you!

kmkat said...

Poor baby. Maybe you can just cruise on sick leave until Easter break?

kalkette said...

I would also not recommend falling asleep during Ghost Hunters. That can get a little creepy too.

I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you will be on the mend soon. Kick that flu's butt!

scienceprincess said...

Feel better. I hope you're better by the time you have to go back to work next week. Flu is bad enough, but flu and working at the same time just gets ugly.

Sleep and enjoy the kitty love.
Scienceprincess

Jeanne said...

Bummer! Please get well soon! Sending you healthy vibes forthwith!