Influenza: Day 3

Well, by necessity I’m up and moving today. I attended a meeting this morning, then class, swung into the Law Review office to make edits on our latest publication, led four discussion groups, and now am going to try and get a good chunk a 10-page paper written. (Due tomorrow but cannot do tomorrow since tomorrow is packed.)

I’m not feeling 100% (still on a liquid diet with the occasional saltine cracker to keep my spirits up) but Google says I’m not contagious so I’ve decided to be satisfied with that. I already feel like I’ve missed so much of this week!

My sister Bethany, as noted in my last post, is not the most ideal person to have around when sick. I’m sure she means well. But she is the sort of person who, as I go running to the bathroom to lose the contents of my stomach, looks up from her laptop only long enough to shout:

“You better not get me sick!”

She will go grocery shopping for you if you drive her, which is quite nice of her, but she refuses to buy things she doesn’t see the point in (even if using my money.) For example, I give her the following list:

  • Saltine crackers 
  • Water (Dasani preferred) 
  • Ginger ale
  • An iced green tea
  • Banana

She looks it over. “Geesh, you want the expensive water? And you don’t need saltine crackers, I have almond crackers. And why don’t you just drink my old Snapple? And you don’t eat bananas. Why would I get a banana?”

Me: “Snapple is made with black tea and I’d prefer something lighter but still caffeinated. And while I do not like bananas overly much, they are easy to digest.” 

Bethany: * shakes head*

She emerges from the store with

  • Water (Dasani because they were out of the regular cases of water) 
  • Ginger ale (with an apologetic statement that it is off-brand.)
  • Two bananas

Such queries as, “Did I not put saltine crackers on the list?” meet with an eye roll.

She will, however, demand at various intervals over the next few hours why I have not eaten the bananas yet? What WAS the point in getting them? 

Sisters do keep you humble! 


One response to “Influenza: Day 3

  • Shirley Johnson

    Great Grandma’s remedy (not totally a cure but helps) was to take a hot tub bath.and the hot water bottle on the stomach when not in the tub. No food for at least 3 hours after loosing the contents of the stomach, then sips of water. Toast follows with a bit of butter…No meat, etc., for at least 24 hours…Wish I could have been there to help you.Back rubs and feet massages really helped..(Mom did that for me) Once our star border suggested that I take a tablespoon of brandy with a tablespoon of pepto bismo. That was placed in a shot glass, then I drank it!! Yech! He said “it will either make it come or go” and it did. It came within a couple minutes. But my stomach did settle after that! Some cure. I was only about 6 or 7 years old! Praying you will make a speedy recovery that your strength comes back…

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