March 10th, 2015

Bush Fire Hazard

Interflude

The last week of radio silence has not been the result of a sudden conversion to Mennonism or an internet outage or even a flounce.

It was the flu.

It started on Wednesday. My temperature climbed to 39 degrees C (102 F) and spiked at over 40 C (104 F). Repeatedly. For five [string of vituperative expletives deleted] days. I spent five days alternating between shivering under all the blankets & duvets I could find, and sweating like a pig in pants and bra. I haven't been this ill for this long since I was ten and I had an ear infection. That probably doesn't sound too bad until I add the little detail that I managed to conceal how awful I was feeling the morning it started so I could go to school. A teacher found me at the end of lunch recess. I was slumped against a concrete pillar, screaming, in an attempt to drown out the pounding in my head and the tinnitus in my ears.

The tinnitus decided to stage a comeback with this round of flu, too.

I'm now recovering, though still very weak. I can, thankfully, perform simple household tasks again. I never thought I'd be so pleased to do the washing up. I'm very far behind on all forms of communication. I hope you can all forgive me if I draw a line under replying to comments left prior to today and start afresh. If there are any posts here or anywhere else - Dreamwidth, Livejournal, Twitter or Facebook - that you would very much like me to see and acknowledge, let me know. I suspect it's going to take me at least a week to get back to full strength. I missed it here. Please consider waves, "HI!"s, shoulder-bumps and hugs distributed as desired.

PS Keiki is fine and seems to have escaped contracting it. Am v thankful for antibodies in breast milk right now.

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