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10 September 2010 @ 02:03 am
Still not dead ...  
But I do feel like death warmed up.

As I was commenting to a friend the other day, I am at that stage of influenza where, in a 19th century novel, the doctor would reassure the family I am past the crisis and certain to pull through, and advise them to book a long holiday in a warm cottage by the seaside, where I should mind my chest for several months.

Instead, like every other twenty-first century sufferer lacking sufficient independent wealth, but possessed of enough wealth and health to not actually be dying -- for which I am grateful, I am dragging myself into work, where I spend several hours at a time wondering whether an en dash or em dash would best fit the use.


In a week or two, I will have forgotten the whole hideousness until the next time I forget a flu shot, which says a lot about how amazingly healthy we are in this time and place.

Until my brain returns, sorry for all the comments I am missing leaving or replying to, sorry for the deranged ones I have managed, and I will catch up with everything on the weekend.
Loyaulte Me Lie: kittensshocolate on September 9th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I prescribe a chaise lounge and broth.

And a chap with awesome whiskers.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I will take your advice over the weekend, though cute little sideburns will have to suffice for the latter ;-)
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silent hallucinationalex_s9 on September 9th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'd rather you rest during the weekend than reply to comments. Flu is a dreadful illness, very sneaky.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
This is true! But I am so bored and dull :-(
Bubba: Winstonabsynthedrinker on September 9th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yes and once you'd arrived in Bexford-on-the-Sea you no doubt take the good air and play wist with women recovering from treatments they received after being infected with syphillis from their husbands in the Colonial Service. England was a hothouse of contagion in the 19th century. I am glad we live under different circumstances.

Hope you feel better very soon.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I would organise amateur dramatics, and edited readings from Dickens -- only the exciting bits ;-)

It's so very true. Someone at work said, 'Are you still sick?' and I tersely, replied 'People DIE of flu, you know. They used to quite often, we're just lucky we mostly don't now.' and she looked at me as though I was insane. I'm not sure whether to throw Austen or my History of Medicine books at her ...

And Thank You! I will!
Emmaemmacmf on September 9th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Urgh, flu is the worst! I hope you're soon back to normal.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Could be worse, could be ebola! Thank you, I am going to sleep through the weekend again when not LJ-ing (though I may devour a few more Agatha Christies on the sly).
libby_drew on September 9th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Rest and feel better.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
So BORED, Libby! Even the cats keep poking me to do more interesting things.
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Potteresque Irepotteresque_ire on September 9th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
"Flails at your improving health!* Yay! :D Would it work to put it in your calendar for the flu season next year? :)

I'm now learning the art of working while I'm not recovered too, but at least I feel clear headed for the most part. *brews you pepper up potion... with a shot of Firewhiskey ;) * Don't stress yourself too much! There's always time to do things when u feel better ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Pepper Up Potion would RULE! And I should remember rightly next year: I got all out of sorts because I had the swine flu vaccine last November, then failed to go back for the seasonal flu one in May, after which there was a very mild flu season, until the last month, when every doctor warned of it and even the nightly news had alerts, which I did mean to act on, but failed :-(

And you get better, too, Miss Pie! At least flu is perfectly predictable, flailing, I expect, is less so!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
And I have SUCH a nice lightweight blue silk that is just dying to be turned into something glamorous! Not to mention a good bunch of fake violets crying out for a bonnet!

At the Costume Colloquim 2008 there was a woman who had a Jane Austen frock every day: I love that woman profoundly. She was Swiss and fabulously lovely, too!

(I would be the overly bookish friend, who was handsome but undermonied to have landed the Duke, and now past her bloom ;-)
jamie2109: general - waterfalljamie2109 on September 9th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better. That flu is a nasty bugger.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a dill, though, even the news said 'Sydney has a flu epidemic about to hit, have a shot NOW!' and I thought 'Why yes, that is excellent advice!' and did nothing ...

LOVED reading about your con and hotel adventures, BTW ;-)
Oalethiaxx on September 9th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a speedy recovery and distress-less punctuation. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 9th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I am normally rigorous on the subject of dashes, but now second-guessing merrily :-(

And thank you very much!
quatrefoilquatrefoil on September 10th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Well, it rather depends on who you were in the nineteenth-century novel, or in fact nineteenth-century reality. In an awful lot of cases you would just have died in the first place because no-one could have afforded the doctor's fees, or you would have been compelled to resume work up at t'mill, down t'pit or laying fires at 5 am, after which you would have died and your family would have been on the streets or in the workhouse.

That said, I do hope you feel properly better soon.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I translated myself EXACTLY, so I would be the genteel and comfortable if not wealthy bookish spinster, with cats.
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Cerise: I Has a Rug catwivern on September 10th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
God yes, the recuperation is almost the worst. Why are we not independently wealthy. *g*
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on September 10th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon! ♥ Nasty flu bugs that are going around. People at my work keep on getting sick and I think I've gotten two colds this season. No flu yet though. *crosses fingers*
OMG it's full of STARS!: EwanHidingleelastarsky on September 10th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Argh! It seems to be going around; my whole family are spluttering (self included.) And most of us got the flu injection!

Hope you're feeling better soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's the perfect storm of viruses at the moment, at the moment there is seasonal flu, a wee bit of swine flu, and a really vicious cold going around. So if you had the seasonal flu injection, there are still two other viruses eager to get you! (Most seasonal vaccines had swine flu, so it may just be the evil cold.)

Get well! I plan to spend the weekend abed!
Nennenenne on September 11th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that you can't be really well before dragging yourself back to work. *pets you, but avoids hugging until you're all better*

Feel better soon!
kayoko: Escapekayoko on September 12th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon! *hugs*