Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Houston, The Pig Has Landed


Have you ever heard the expression, When Pigs Fly? Well, I can tell you that they do and one has landed at the Tiki Hut!

First, let me thank all of you for your comments and emails. They made me feel better, knowing that all of you cared enough to respond just did my heart good.

I thought I would be feeling better long before now, but alas, that is not the case. From the symptoms it appears I have contracted the dreaded H1N1 flu, commonly known as the Swine Flu. Since this is the only flu virus outbreak currently in my county, I guess I have it. I wasn't feeling good, then I started feeling better and then it came back. I've been in contact with both my state and local health department. There really isn't anything you can do except let it run its course. I was told by the health department that if I feel my symptoms become life-threatening I should go to the emergency room.

From FLU.gov I learned the Emergency Warning Signs for Adults:

Anyone with the following emergency warning signs needs urgent medical attention and should seek comment right away:

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Obviously after this long I don't have a mild case, but on a good note, I don't have a severe case. I think I was just run-down and it has decided to linger on. I did improve and then it returned, but I don't have a fever and my cough is the same as before.

I'm very lethargic and really don't feel like doing anything, but I can't sleep either. I made it through an extremely tough deadline that had me at my computer for 17 hours straight on the last day. I mean no breaks, eating at the computer and wondering why I ever wanted to become a freelance graphic designer.

On the heels of that deadline, I had another project that I'm very passionate about and that is what I'm trying to muddle through now. It has turned out to be much more time-consuming than I ever imagined, but when I tell you about it, you'll know why I need to persevere and get it done. Basically, I work on this project and watch television. Dinner is now a can of soup over a bowl of plain white rice. The rest of the day is bananas, applesauce and toast. This is known as the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) diet and helps control one of the not-so-fun aspects of the flu.

Last night my daughter brought me a chocolate-glazed donut and I managed to get it down. I love donuts! Chocolate cake and donuts are my downfall, but I have to say, I didn't really enjoy my donut like I normally would. You know — looking to see if there was another one.

I miss blogging. I miss posting and I miss reading all of your blogs, but most of all I miss all of you. I feel so isolated and left out of all the fun. Right now, the beach for me is a distant memory that is waiting for my return. I just hope it is soon. I took a quick walk on the shore last week, thinking it would rejuvenate me. Didn't take long for me to find my way back to the comforts of home and that is where I will stay for now.

Be well and be careful, I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

23 Thoughtful Comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Dear Rhonda!!
You need to rest and get well and not worry about blogging. [unless of course looking makes you feel more connected]

Here in Aus the flu was rampant this winter.. i am on my 4th or 5th go at it and waiting for spring to kick in! WE are also all working ourselves into illness. My boss is in hospital with unknown causes and cannot move his legs post flu symptons and I did your trick last week and spent 16 hours in the office and now of course.. flu!

I think you need to look after #1 [that would be YOU] and know we all care and will be visiting your happy blog when you are feeling more up to it.

Take good care of yourself.. and so sweet your daughter is there to help. Thinking of you x Julie

mbkatc230 said...

Rhonda, so good to hear from you, but sorry that you're having such a rough go of it. I would say that not enjoying a chocolate ANYTHING is a sure sign of illness! Take care of yourself and rest as much as possible given your deadlines. We will all be waiting for you when you get back! Hugs from Texas! Kathy

Sunshinemeg said...

Oh boy. That is terrible. I don't know what will help, but maybe stick with the classics like chicken soup and Sprite. Sprite with a straw always seems to taste better too.

Well, Kathy sent hugs from Texas, so consider the same from Maryland! Feel better my friend.

Joyce said...

I just thought it was coughing and had no idea about the other symptoms. If you did not enjoy your chocolate treat you really must be sick. I hope you are back to the beach soon and up to your old tricks.
Big Get Well Hugs.
Joyce

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm sorry to hear it was a case of the dreaded H1N1 but I'm glad to hear you are recovering. I hope you will be back to normal soon! Don't overdo and allow your body to get it's natural immunity back to strength.
{{{Hugs}}}

JBeaudetStudios said...

Rhonda, I'm so sorry you're feeling so awful. Take it easy (deadlines can wait can't they?) Your health is more important than that! This flu seems to run from very mild to super severe. Try to get well soon and get lots of rest!

jmac said...

so sorry you're feeling puny. been reading your blog for awhile and love the creativity! Hope you're back to your old self soon and can eat cake like it was meant to be eaten!!
I was crabby yesterday because of rainy weather so I posted a pic that might take you away...look for the secret image in the tide...

http://constantchatter-jmac.blogspot.com/2009/10/few-rainy-days-with-chill-in-air.html
Feel Better!!

Turquoise Diaries said...

I hope you will get better and beachy super soon... Take care

Bunny, The Paris House said...

Rhonda, I had a feeling that is what you had!! I'm so sorry to hear you have been so sick. Rest and get better soon..its just not the same out here without you my dear!!
hugs
Bunny

CrazyCris said...

GET BETTER SOON!!!

Make porc chops out of that swine flu!

You're the first person I "know" who's had it... Any form of flu is crappy, but this one has the added "isolationist" effect since it's so contagious.

Every day is a day closer to being rid of it! HUGS!!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh you poor thing!
I haven't heard of anyone getting the Swine Flu here, but I'm just getting over a cold I developed in California -- and that was icky enough. But flu? WAY worse!
Take care of yourself.
BTW how do you know if the symptoms become life threatening? What an odd instruction ... seems by the time you'd realize it, it would be pretty late in the game.
REST a lot....
Cass

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

It's good to hear from you! I started to become a bit concerned. The worst of the swine flu seems to be over for you. I'm glad to hear that..., and thanks for posting the warning signs!! And you work from home and caught it -not good. I work from home too, and my only exposure really is the supermarket -I keep my fingers crossed.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Glad you checked in with us! I hope you feel better each day...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Drawn to The Sea said...

I was looking at my blog list last night & realized you hadn't posted in quite some time. So sorry you've had such a rough time. Take care of you!

Sending happy thoughts,
~Julia

sealaura said...

oh no!!! I was getting worries about you. thanks for the update. I do hope you are on the mend, it sounds like it. Continue to rest and all of us will be here waiting for you.
xoxo
L

Jane said...

Hate hearing that you've been a victim of that nasty pig! But the good news...sounds like it's nearing the end. As you know...and all of us tell you...get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids (popsicles work!), follow BRAT, and GET WELL SOON!
Hugs from the north county,
Jane (artfully graced)

OceanDreams said...

I am so sorry to hear what happened and I hope you feel better soon! How sweet of your daughter to bring you a donut and so glad you got it down! Yes, don't worry about blogging. Just get better and know we are here whenever you can return. Glad you visited the sea, that can always heal!

Irene said...

Glad you're feeling better...

Rain said...

Oh gosh Rhonda, how awful. I'm glad you're improving, but I'm sure you still feel like poop, get well soon, take care of yourself! I miss your posts!!!
xxx

Moey said...

Hey, I just found your blog, I too love the beach. I mainly have a hockey website but there are some beach recaps posted there too. We usually go to Florida every October for my birthday (the Indian Shores area) but this time we're going to the Cayman Islands instead. Get well soon!

nannykim said...

wow; hope you are feeling better now.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh my gosh!! I go away for a few days and you've gone swiney on me! :-) (P.S. I do love that despite the whole ordeal you're keeping a sense of humor...your photo is fabulous. :-)

I really hope you're feeling better and back to eating double (triple?) helpings of chocolate donuts in no time.

Sending you a big hug from the shorehouse...
Laura
xoxo

The Fajdich Times said...

You poor thing. You have been sick for awhile now. If I could I would bring you some chicken soup, homemade of course! Feel better real soon:)

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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