The trees are turning their yearly gorgeous shades of golds, reds and browns.
Pumpkins and cornstalks are on display. The sound of children screaming with delight as they jump into the piles of leaves raked high in the lawn resonates throughout the neighborhood.
It's a happy time of year. I love the crisp air that comes as the temperatures drop. Bringing out all the cozy sweaters and cashmere peacoats.
And then, there's the down side of fall.
As the cool weather creeps in, so does the flu...
We've been eating Vitamin C and B12's in this house like they're candy. I've been making mugs of my mothers 'cure all' citrus tea. Trying desperately to stave off the inevitable.
Even with all these precautions, I got it.
No, not the H1N1. Although just the thought of that scares me, but just the flu.
Regular ol' beat you to a pulp...flu.
My daughter had a physical about a week ago. Our doctor asked whether we'd like to have a flu shot. This was the basic flu shot, not the H1N1. That hasn't become available as of yet. I had her vaccinated but declined one for myself. The last time I had a flu shot, I was the sickest I've ever been in my life. So I politely declined his offer. It was tempting though, the idea of staying in bed, sweating and puking for a week. to make me stay in bed and puke for week.
I was working downtown the other day and a security guard came into the store to chat as he usually does. He informed us that they were giving out flu shots downstairs. Free.
I really wish he hadn't said that.
That damn 'Free' word...
I can't pass up free stuff. Even though I know that I'll pay for it in the end. Many times over.
And guess what? I got it. The shot.
And then I got it. The flu.
And boy, have I been paying for it in the end. The rear end.
Because not only am I sick, but I had to go to the doctor to treat me. Since my resistance was down, I got a virus on top of it which required a shot. In the arse.
So now my days consist of this routine:
My head feels like it weighs 40 pounds.
And then I get hot.
Then cold again. Jealous, aren't you?
I should've known better.
So for the time being I've got to put off the glorious walks through the metroparks taking in the sites of the trees. The voices of the children. The exuberance of the dogs racing after blowing leaves. I've got to put that all on hold until this thing passes.
The upside is that I haven't felt nauseous. Yet.
And my Internet is working perfectly. I have 800 channels of nothing to watch.
But every time I turn on the television or the radio, someone is talking about H1N1. It makes me a little worried. 6 cases in the school surrounding our community. I know that's not what I have (thank God), but if I'm this sick now with this strain, what would that flu be like?
If by chance the vaccinations do become available, I won't be going.
I'm sick enough already.
Unless it's free.
Please don't make it free...
I've not enough toilet paper or tissue handy.