SoCS: So Far or As Of?

So far, it’s been quite the week for her.

As of early Monday morning, March 5th, 2018, it hit without much warning. She knew she was in trouble, but not to what extent. It didn’t seem quite so powerful then, certainly not enough to keep her home from work.

On Monday afternoon, trouble grew. Into tiredness, inability to think, her chest tightening,a cough developing. Quitting time became an hour before quitting time. That’s all she wrote. In her mind, she’d probably stay home on Tuesday and be back to work on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the mind doesn’t always guess the correct answer.

By Tuesday afternoon, it was clear this may be a two-day event. The chest tightened further and she coughed the kind of dry, unproductive cough that made her whole body hurt. The mind became unclear, unfocused with only a few attempts to watch TV or eat a nourishing meal. Funny, this “thing” that invaded her body, left the stomach alone. So far, the Ventriculus allowed her to eat when needed, without any repercussions. She was thankful as the 24-hour stomach flu had hit only a month before, no thanks to the flu shot that didn’t serve a purpose this season.

Wednesday morning came and she thought she felt a little better, but that was deceiving. The cough kept a strangle-hold on her throughout the day and she finally resigned herself to calling the doctor’s office the following morning. With time to kill and nowhere to go, she responded to the comments of a blog post she had written and scheduled the prior Sunday. Being on the computer wasn’t the most enthralling, but there isn’t much to do when home and not feeling well other than bed rest, kitty snuggles, TV and computer. On the TV front, she found marathons of NCIS, NCIS LA, Empty Nest, Bones and That 70’s Show. The latter cracked her up since the actor who played Fez is now a hunky grown-up on NCIS. Regular daytime TV still sucks unless you catch a favorite actor on a talk show or simply laugh with Ellen DeGeneres. It passed the time, but wasn’t doing anything to relieve the coughing. So far, neither was the Mucinex.

So, off she trotted to the doctor’s office on Thursday morning. That morning was very interesting. Wednesday was the first night she slept like the dead. Except for getting up once to empty the bladder, it was lights out. The only problem is that the ten hours of sleep didn’t seem to be enough. It was difficult to stand for more than five minutes at first, even harder to take a shower in preparation of seeing the doctor. She wanted badly to lay back down and keep sleeping, but the 9:30 a.m. appointment kept her going. She wasn’t sure how she would drive herself to the doctor’s office, but there are always open car windows available. If nothing else, some cold air would keep her alert.

No problem getting to the doctor’s office. She made it just fine without any open windows. Still tired, she checked in and climbed the stairs (what was she thinking?) to the second level where the nurse took her into the exam room. Nurse Judy did all the usual blood pressure and temperature taking and asked a hundred questions before the doc entered the room. She has known this doc for years and trusts him to be open and honest with her. After examination of the facts surrounding her case and a check for ear infection or pneumonia, the doc had a diagnosis.

Doc called it a “mild case” of influenza. Well, it didn’t feel “mild,” especially since he told her to stay home the rest of the week, but she compared it to her boss’s recent bout of influenza that made the boss think she was going to die at one point. She could honestly say that she has had no thoughts of dying, but rather thoughts of, “When will this crap be over with? I have things to do. Places to go. People to meet.” Obviously, this wasn’t going to happen for at least another three or four days. Bummer. She drove home, went back to bed, and slept another two hours.

As of Friday morning, she is a little less tired, the chest has let loose over the course of the last 24 hours, and she is craving chocolate chip mint (coconut milk) ice cream. It’s a good sign. So far, her two cats have been happy that mom has been home all week and that she’s become a bit of a cat herself…lounging around, sleeping, eating, etc. Her boy, the attention seeker, has been getting some serious lap time during the week and she wonders what’s going to happen when she goes back to work next week. He’s gonna be mad. Mad, mad, mad.

But then he’ll get over it as she will get over the mild influenza.

It’s Saturday morning, she has written her story and prepares to spend another day of lounging. It will be a better day, maybe one in which she can step outside and smell the crisp, cool air for more than ten minutes without wanting to lay down.

PS: The writer has not totally subscribed to the SoCS rules. Influenza brain causes mental fogginess and a need for some editing. She read “so far” as the prompt, but her brain had her writing the entire post with “as of.” A slight re-write was required but so far and as of this moment, no one has taken away any bonus points. Fingers crossed…



Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with a healthy blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook, ambling stream or running river. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making.

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27 responses to SoCS: So Far or As Of?

  1. dweezer19 says:

    Awww….so sorry you got hit by the crud Mary. Im glad you are back on top of it now. Take care. Hugs!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s getting better other than I’m still tired. Going back to work on Monday is going to be difficult without my morning and afternoon naps. 😉

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Wow – you’re not catching a break this winter. First the stomach flu and now this. Good health can never be over-rated.
    I hope you’re seeing the last of this and are soon back to 100%. Spring is coming and will make everything better 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I had better be done with this Joanne. I have not been this sick since the winter of bronchitis and THAT was not fun. The flu shot did absolutely nothing for me other than it may have made this flu less than it could have been. Not to worry, I’ll be on the mend and on my bike next month. 🙂

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I detect a tone of feistiness in your comment, so I can be certain that you are coming out of this one. Enjoy the weekend and take it easy with your furry loves 🙂

  3. shelleykrupagmailcom says:

    Aww…hope you feel better soon! Take care, rest, snuggle with the kiddos!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Shelley. Ziva has been encouraging me all week to rest and snuggle and I’ve gladly taken her up on that.

  4. Judy Brekke says:

    wow! you have been ill. i am so hopeful that you are on your journey to recovery. i miss you, Mary, continue to care of yourself and not rush back to anything without full strength and health, love you!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Not to worry, Judy. I’ll get better…it’s just going to take a little time. Love you, too! 💕

  5. M-R says:

    Very good telling of flu’s inFLUence, M-J – I was there with you, me old china.
    Wasn’t it hideously interesting, the almost total lack of effectiveness of last year’s anti-flu medication ? – how did they get it so wrong ?!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t remember a year when the shot was this ineffective and the result became deadly for some. I’m glad I’m standing upright…except when I need to take a nap. 😉

  6. Dan Antion says:

    I hope Monday brings a clear head (clear lungs too). I loved the “she’s become a bit of a cat herself” part – I think they probably thought “she’s one of us now, except for that horrible noise she keeps making.”

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Except for that horrible noise…LOL!! Yeah, I think I scared Ziva a few times or at least interrupted the snoring. I have one more day of being cat, then I turn into Wonder Mary and try to make sense of all those emails. Ugh.

      • Dan Antion says:

        Ugh, leftover emails. That might be the worst. Do you remember a time when, if you were out somebody did your job? Good luck tomorrow.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        A time when somebody did my job??? Ha! Other than the person who backs me up with HR, it sits and waits for my return.

  7. JoAnna says:

    I’m glad you got to take some time off to be a cat who watches TV. I didn’t realize (or had forgotten) that the new hunky guy on NCIS was once Fez. No wonder he seems so familiar. Hope you’re all better soon.

  8. joey says:

    Oh my goodness. I wondered what the verdict would be. The only time I’ve felt like that in recent years was with strep. I hate the ones that take my energy. Like you, I tend to bounce back after some good rest, but the ones where no rest seems to ever be enough are the worst!!! They’re all miserable, but a woman’s got to live! Too tired to sit outside will not do! Climbing those stairs, You Poor Thing! The flu has just been awful this year and I’m so sorry you were afflicted. So glad you went to the dr, stairs and all.
    I really did enjoy the part where you’d acted like a cat yourself. Truly. The animals love that. Take it easy, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey. I am on the mend. I haven’t felt like laying down and taking a nap at all today, although the tired feeling is still there. I actually put on my jeans this afternoon and took a very short walk outside. The fresh air felt so good!
      As for the cats, they’ve found a way to sleep their life away today without me. 😉

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