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31 July 2013 @ 10:54 pm
Not dead!  
Do have Sydney Death Plague, though, thanks to Mr B.

Friday: Come home tired from ukulele, sleep in spare bed due to Mr B being ill, wake up with hacking cough.

Saturday and Sunday: Throw Mr B into spare bed, spend entire weekend in bed with aches and chills and fever plus hacking cough. Survive on bottled fruit and water.

Monday: Call doctor. Doctor says, 'You sound very rattly, is that pneumonia?' Me: 'I thought it was flu! I don't know? Can I come and see you and you tell me?' Doctor: 'Come tomorrow, try not to die before then.' Me: 'I feel worse now.'

Yesterday: Visit Doctor. 'What have you broken now?' Me: 'Nothing! I have flu, remember? I called you yesterday, you were alarming.'
'How's your thumb?'
'It's fine, see? But how are my lungs?'
'Oh, they're temporarily horrid, but they're naturally super, so you'll be fine in a few weeks or a month. It's not flu by the way, there's a horrible mutant cold thing going around.'
'But the chills? The shakes? The fever and the incredible joint aches?'
'Yep. It's like flu, but it's not.'
'So what is it?'
'It's a week in bed. Go home and back to bed. Get up next week. Here's a medical certificate.'

Today: I am out of bed! I am dressed! I am still standing! I will go to work!
Get to work.
Realise I have made a terrible mistake.
Spend two hours doing 15 minutes' worth of work to get out new flatplans for the next issues.
Follow wishes of all coworkers and go home before I pass out.
Pass out.

All with only the internet I can piggyback though my iPhone as Mr B decided now would be a great time to change ISPs, which has been about a week of nothing so far. When I kill him, I expect everyone to testify in my defence.

If you hear anyone with a hacking cough, run. It's vile. And I don't even know what it is. However, having spoken to several other people who have had it, if we can find Patient Zero, they're likely to be in deep, deep trouble.
ecosopherecosopher on July 31st, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yikes, that does sound awful. Get better soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Shoot any Easterners you see bringing it over! (There should be tests at the Rabbit Proof Fence. If it still exists. Is there a Dingo Fence or is that just a thing Australians say? I never know.)
uminohikariuminohikari on July 31st, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Feel better!

(But -- bottled fruit? *g*)

Edited at 2013-07-31 01:28 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
It was soft and cold and in pear juice, about as much as I could handle! I thought about vegies, but too much chewing!
Kittykitty_fic on July 31st, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Awww! I hope you feel better soon! *hugs*

And yes, I think we would totes testify for you. HOW DARE HE???

blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you ,dear, you are the kindest of Kitties!
connorblondconnorblond on July 31st, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Cold in summer is vile.

Wait - you're in Down Under? Well, have fun in bed then. :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yep, theoretically winter. Of course, it was 20 deg C today ...
Meredythmeredyth_13 on July 31st, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel much better soon, dear. Please keep that one on your side of the planet?

Then when you're well I think it must be time for planning your next UK visit. Right?

*hopeful, with tissues*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mere. Alas, I feel it will inevitably spread. Just flee if you hear the cough!

I should probably hold on the planning until there is more money in the kitty …
illereynillereyn on July 31st, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh dear.

Get well soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
la, zeitgeist!zeitgeistic on July 31st, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
I can't decide if it would be great if doctors really talked like that or if it would be horrifying.

I hope you feel 100% soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
I have only very lightly paraphrased him! He is good, but very Character Actor Doctor, and delights in mocking me. I don't even break that many bones these days!

Thank you!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα: daniel_kick_no_inbetween_ on July 31st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'll testify that Mr. B had it coming and you were nowhere near when it happened.

The cleaning "lady" probably infected me with trachoma, she said as she came by to tell me she won't work today and demanded I photocopy stuff for her. She might come tomorrow to do "a bit of wiping" which is worse than nothing. I'd happily set her onto Mr. B?

Take care and try to take it easy.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, no more diseases for him! He's the worst patient in the world. Get well yourself, dear, and thank you for the alibi!
(no subject) - _inbetween_ on August 1st, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jaeenchanted_jae on August 1st, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
lols heal
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
I am laughing far too much for someone this rattly in the chest! XXX
(no subject) - enchanted_jae on August 3rd, 2013 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on August 1st, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Huh! Perhaps we have the same thing! At least two other people on my floor have it too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
It's come here from somewhere! If you find the originator, we are happy to pay towards a thorough smacking! I suspect a lab experiment gone horribly wrong!
(no subject) - azurelunatic on August 2nd, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Catherine17catherines on August 1st, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I remember the hacking cough! Didn't particularly notice the fever, mostly I just wanted to sleep 20 hours a day...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Blessed, blessed sleep! I have a plan for the next week that comes down to organising everything for maximum sleepage!
Dedicated Escape Artistjadzialove on August 1st, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
I feel your pain! Take away the hacking cough and add a sinus infection and you have me two weeks ago. It was bizarre, came out of nowhere so I couldn't even point the finger at someone and lay blame, and at one point I thought I would die when the fever, the chills and the aches crescendoed together. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I am glad to know you're feeling better--just take it easy until you feel 100 per cent.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh hon, that sounds VILE! Thanks, I am stupidly off to Melbourne tomorrow on a pre-planned thing, so it's crash or crash through at this point.
Catscatsintheattic on August 1st, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
I cracked more time out of bed than in today! Progress!
(no subject) - catsintheattic on August 1st, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sherrysherryillk on August 1st, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
Really, the only thing for it is rest and time. Flu/colds are the worst, especially when they seem so similar to the other that you can't tell which one it is... I always feel sorry for people who have a horrible cough -- there's nothing more unbearable. I would rather be dizzy, feverish, headachey and a whole host of other things than be afflicted with a cough...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 1st, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Sadly, have the full set :-(

I am idiotically off to Melbourne in the morning. Early night! Good advice!
kayokokayoko on August 1st, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon!

I'm not sure why, but the chirpy tone of this made me smile. Thank you.