Feel like death, but still alive…

Yes, it’s that time of year.

And yes, we both had the flu shot. And no, it didn’t stop either of us catching flu.

The usual line up of symptoms, but I’ll spare you the detail. We’re tottering around the house in flannel pyjamas, shakily assembling tea, toast and doses of various remedies to hold the worst of it at bay. At some stage we’ll need to venture out to replenish stocks, but for now it’s lowering our aching bodies gratefully into soft beds, tempering the worst of the fever with hot showers, and hitting the cough mixture bottles with perhaps a little too much enthusiasm…

See you on the other side.


94 thoughts on “Feel like death, but still alive…

  1. Nanette says:

    Feel better soon.

  2. Steph says:

    Oh no. Healing vibes ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  3. Sending love and hugs .. get well soon πŸ’–

  4. Sandra J says:

    Oh no, not all ready,

  5. Kathy D says:

    Feel better soon! Do you have delivery from the stores over there? We have that and I would be willing to pay for it if I was feeling puny! I think that if the flu shot works down there it usually works in the US, sorry to hear it didn’t work.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband is creeping into town to pick up supplies and get a sick note from the pharmacist. We could get an after-hours doctor in this evening, but as we need the medication anyway, he’s making the 5 minute run while his temperature is vaguely normal… This is the first time the flu shot hasn’t worked, so either we’ve got a version it doesn’t cover, or we got the shot too late and the virus was already in our system.

  6. elaine says:

    Dang, feel better real soon!

  7. anne54 says:

    Oh dear Kate πŸ€’ I would bring you chicken soup if I lived a little closer! Instead I will just send you my thoughts and good wishes. 😘

  8. kymlucas says:

    Hope you feel better soon.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear you are both down at the same time. I don’t want the flu ever. I hope you both feel better soon. Hugs from a healthy distance. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      If we didn’t feel so crappy it would be funny, watching ourself tottering about like geriatrics, clutching hot water bottles and mugs of hot lemon and honey…

  10. Moira says:

    Hope you’re feeling better quickly!

  11. Lynda says:

    I am so sorry to hear that you are BOTH ill. I hope you will be healing in short order. We over here on the Farmlet have been spared… so far…

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m ready to slaughter whoever inflicted this on us… I have my suspicions, but it could have been anyone, anywhere. Infuriating, when I’d done all the right things.

      • Lynda says:

        I know! The CDC did say that the serum was NOT a good match for this years strains of flu virus. The virus is just so highly mutable! Take it easy, lots of rest and fluids, well, you know the drill. (())s
        And here is a thought: It is said by those in the medical community, that even if the inoculation doesn’t match the virus you caught, that your symptoms will not be as bad as they would have been without your inoculation. So, bad as it may be, at least you two aren’t in the hospital! And for that I am grateful. ❀

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s bad enough. The Husband has just seen his doctor, who has sent him for a chest X-ray; he may have pneumonia. So now of course I have to get checked out too. So hold that thought…

      • Lynda says:

        πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Yikes!

  12. jmcheney says:

    I’m very sorry to read you are so sick with the flu, even after shots. Years ago my husband & I were both very ill with “Hong Kong flu” which was the plague that year. We lay there side by side & could do nothing to help each other. It was the sickest I’ve ever been. And that was long ago, so I’ve been lucky & I bravely stepped up for my first flu shot last fall. I didn’t get iill all winter, but that you all having it now, so early & so bad, despite the shots, does not bode well for us here in the US next season. I hope you both feel better & are well again this very soon.

  13. I’m glad you’re alive but not good that you’ve got the flu… worse, both of you. We don’t get a flu shot but do become even more anti-social and human-vector germaphobic when flu season hits. Keep up the fluids and get yourselves a blistering chilli meal when your appetites return.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you have the right idea in avoiding potential vectors. I’ll be going for a good hot curry just as soon as I have an appetite again. Just now, it’s juice, hot tea and toast…

  14. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Ditto to everything. Love Sue

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks… I wish the Husband’s work would get the idea and stop texting to find out when he thinks he’ll be back…. It’s not as if he takes more than one sick day every 5 years or so!

  15. craftycreeky says:

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, it doesn’t sound hopeful for the effectiveness of this years vaccine 😦

  16. nanacathy2 says:

    Here’s to a speedy recovery. Much love. xx

  17. tialys says:

    It sounds truly hideous Kate. I hope it doesn’t last too much longer. I’ve never had the flu jab and you’re not a very good advert for it. You said above it’s the first time it hasn’t worked but I was sure I could remember you saying you caught flu, despite the jab, in a previous post and, because I’m annoying like that, I searched and found you were the ‘Swamp Thing’ in August 2017.
    I don’t know what you think of homeopathy but my friend, who’s in her 70s, takes a homeopathic preparation the pharmacy makes up every season and, so far, so good.
    Hurry up and get better, both of you and tell the Lord of C’s work to b***er off and let him rest – nobody would benefit from a woozy lorry driver on the roads.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re right, it didn’t work then either… 2017 was a very black year Down Under for the flu, and I reckon they diluted the dose to make it stretch.
      I’m not sure about homeopathy, I know it works for lots of people.
      I share your thoughts about the Husband’s work; no woozy drivers, especially when they’re hauling 51,000 litres of inflammable liquid.

  18. Emmely says:

    Get well soon!

  19. knettycraft says:

    Get well soon! πŸ“πŸπŸ‡πŸ°

  20. Both of you at the same time – that is TOUGH! Healing vibes and good wishes on their way.
    2012 – 2014 were hideous years for me flu-wise, I asked a friend of mine, who appears to be never ill, what her secret was and she told me about Airborne, which is a soluble tablet created by a teacher in the US to prevent herself catching bugs from the kids. It is all natural and therefore there has been no funding available for research on it, but everytime I get the slightest tickle in the throat or have been in the company of people who are ill, I take a tablet and have not suffered from flu since.
    I’m lucky that my friend goes to US twice a year and can bring some back for me – you can buy it mail order but it is very expensive that way.
    I refuse the flu jab and can’t imagine I will ever have it.
    Before Airborne I always found acupuncture aided a speedy recovery once the worst was over.

    Take care, rest and recover. ❀

    • katechiconi says:

      You can get Airborne here too. I guess it’s worth a try… My GP wants me to have the shots as my immune system was damaged by having cancer. It’s been a bit hit and miss: 4 years of success, two of flu, but I suppose that’s better than getting it every year.

      • Yes, Airborne is definitely worth a try, I have 4 friends who use it with the same success as me – it can’t hurt. It is only a hunch but I feel like it not only protects me at the time of exposure to viruses but has generally boosted my immune system as I used to get just about everything from my grandchildren and haven’t done so for 5 years now.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’ll bear it in mind once I’m out and about again.

  21. I just wrote quite a long post offering love and sympathy and singing the praises of ‘Airborne’ tablets, but it seemed to disappear.
    Get well soon! ❀

  22. KerryCan says:

    Oh, dear–this really stinks, and you did all the right things to keep the flu at bay! The sickest I’ve ever felt was with flu, although I have been seriously lucky these last few years and the vaccine has worked for me. It’s hard, too, because you know that, eventually, you’ll feel better but it simply can’t some soon enough . . .

  23. So very sorry you two got the flu! Dratted thing. Hope you feel better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      So do I, because this sucks! Poor Husband doesn’t even get nighttime care – I have to sleep next door because the snoring has gone from quartet to full symphony, and I shudder to think what I sound like…

  24. Echoing all the sentiments posted…channeling healing thoughts and virtual homemade chicken soup your way πŸ™‚

  25. Jule says:

    Oh dear – get well soon.

  26. Dayphoto says:

    That is one of the reasons I HATE WINTER!!!

  27. Terri says:

    So sorry to hear you got nailed with the latest bug. I hope you both are feeling better soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! I think it must be the mutated H3N2 they’re talking about… Still, the theory is that having the shot has offered some protection from the others, so I guess I’ll carry on having it.

  28. chrisknits says:

    When my Hubster is sick he sits in a chair, wrapped up in a blanket, moaning and groaning and saying, “I’m freaking dying here” whether he has a sniffle or a cough. LOL! We just ignore him.

    • katechiconi says:

      So, a bit like Scooby Doo, then! I have to say, mine is pretty good. Soldiers on till he’s virtually incandescent with fever, and and then goes obediently to bed and swallows everything I hand him.

  29. kathyreeves says:

    Hang in there both of you and feel better soon!

  30. Oh dear. Hope you both recover enough to enjoy some good books, good binge-watching, and good guilt-free comfort foods before you declare yourselves fully recovered.

    • katechiconi says:

      At present we’re still somewhat at the ‘can’t concentrate on anything’ stage and neither has much appetite, so I have that to look forward to πŸ™‚

  31. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Get well soon !! the both of you !

  32. I hope you feel better soon!

  33. rutigt says:

    Krya pΓ₯ er!!!! Hope youΒ΄ll soon be well!!!

  34. kymlucas says:

    Are you feeling better?

  35. magpiesue says:

    Jeepers! I had no idea you were suffering so. Not sure this post came to my inbox. If it did I missed it. The air quality around here has not been good so I haven’t been on top of things either. Still, not the flu! I sincerely hope you’re both on the mend and will be back on your feet soon. ❀

    • katechiconi says:

      First full day out of bed was Friday, and we’re both still coughing like a TB ward, but definitely on the mend. I’m still playing catch up with household chores, and of course sewing hasn’t featured strongly in the last 10 days, but I did get a couple of the Scinteallate blocks quilted yesterday, so I must be feeling better!

  36. antonia_ says:

    I hope you’re feeling better now!

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