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In which our hero develops searing sinus pain.

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Jan. 30th, 2015 | 01:15 am

And curses everything in sight. Which isn't very heroic.

I dutifully got my flu shot last fall, made easier by the fact that Beaming House HQ trucked in a nurse and a tub of the vaccine such that we could get one without having to leave the building or exchange any insurance information. I also have been washing my hands religiously, not touching doorknobs on the way out of bathrooms, and avoiding sick coworkers. For their part, said sick colleagues have done a pretty good job of actually staying home when ill.

Nevertheless, it didn't work. On Monday afternoon I started to feel really warm while sitting in my last two meetings, and had a headache going despite being well-rested, hydrated, and caffeinated*. I woke up Tuesday basically feeling like death, so I had my check-in call with Boss Lady from home and then went back to bed. I'd hoped it would be mild but I actually felt worse on Wednesday, with a great deal of sinus pain that led me to wish greater and stabbier pain upon whomever made me contract this. Honestly, I don't even know if it's a contagious thing but I can't say for sure.

Anyhow, I had strange fever- and Mucinex-induced dreams overnight, then woke up and went to work solely to pick up my laptop charger and come back home. I participated in one more call, then slept more, and have since felt okay enough to knock out a chunk of the work I missed, punctuated by driving Brian to work and dropping off a stack of bills at the post office. But I haaaaaate feeling like I basically missed three days of life, including workouts. On the plus side, I also missed three days of spending money (aside from the aforementioned Mucinex), so there is that minor bonus. Hoping for a healthy weekend.

* Call it a blessing and a curse, but I rarely have headaches so if I get one without an obvious cause I know some ailment is coming.

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from: urbanrebel
date: Jan. 31st, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)

I used to get the flu almost every year until I got my first flu shot about 8 years ago. Haven't had the flu since. So I'm sold on getting it every year now, but they say this year's shot is only 25-30% effective against this year's flu strain. Not great, but they say getting it can help get you over it sooner with possibly less severe symptoms, so I'm still glad I got it, but still being careful too.

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 1st, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)

Perhaps it was less severe than it would've been otherwise. Who knows? Just glad it's over now.

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