Sometime Tuesday night while I was sleeping a stomach virus came to visit, making himself comfortable in my body. I woke up with a horrible headache, and when I got up to get some aspirin I felt hot and clammy. For an hour or so I tossed and turned in bed, and then my digestive tract revolted, trying to expel the unwelcome visitor. However, Mr. Virus announced he was going to stick around because he wanted to spend some quality time with me.
In my opinion, he was an unwanted intruder. I had a lot of plans for the day, including a shift at work. Mr. Virus didn't care about my opinion, though, so when the alarm went off I got up and sent a text to my boss, giving him plenty of time to find a replacement. Then, since I was tired of being in bed, I grabbed my pillow and went to sleep on the couch in the family room.
Mr. Virus was a very rude guest who refused to be ignored. He didn't like any of the food I offered him, even though I tried to keep it to things he'd enjoy like hot tea, saltines, chicken noodle soup, and bananas. He kept demanding that I jump up to run to the bathroom (once sending Pepper the Cat sailing across the room from my lap in my mad dash).
On the other hand, he didn't seem to mind that I didn't have the energy to shower (or even brush my teeth) and sat around all day in sweats watching lousy daytime TV. Or even the fact that I ignored the dirty dishes in the sink and took five naps.
Mr. Virus didn't bother to share his departure plans with me. After my "dinner" of a piece of dry toast and hot water with ginger syrup I called my boss to let him know not to count on me again today. As the night went on I felt a little less queasy, but still tired; as much as I fought it I ended up taking a late-evening snooze on the couch which left me sleeping fitfully most of the night.
Good news, though. This morning I realized that Mr. Virus has packed up and moved on. He didn't bother to leave a house guest thank-you gift, but frankly his being gone is gift enough!
Five years ago today: New Thing #13--Hearth & Home