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Pauline Lerner

The Silent Blogger

October 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM

C'est moi.

I've got the flu, and I've got it bad. Real bad. In fact, I think it is the swine flu. I saw a newscast about college football players being wasted by the flu, so I shouldn't be surprised that it has hit me hard. The flu plus my asthma make a double knockout.

I think I'm past the worst of it. I no longer sleep 18 hours a day. The acute aches and pains are receding. Now I relish every small gain in strength. For a long time, the only meal preparation I could do was to spread butter on bread. When I made myself a tuna sandwich, I felt that I had taken a great step forward. I can now do some very mild yoga and other exercises which I couldn't do a week ago. Yesterday, I went out of my home for the first time in about a week and a half and walked about two blocks to the 7-11. I was motivated for this great athletic feat by my love for the coffee at the 7-11. I've resumed teaching and preparing lessons. My recovery is not steady. I have my good days, when I go out for a walk, and my bad days, when I just sleep all day.

At my worst, did I do anything constructive? Read a good book (Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama)? Watch music videos? Pay bills? I did very little of these things. I spent a lot of time vegging out over the Internet. The only good thing I did for a long time was to spend a lot of time on I've been reading and writing comments on blogs and discussions. I'm still connected to my life support system, so I'm not entirely brain dead.

Now I'm just tired and bored while I wait to get better.

From Bart Meijer
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Get well soon, Pauline!

From Anne Horvath
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I hope you feel better soon.  H1N1 is going around here, and a couple of my students, or their siblings, have had it, or something similar. 

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on October 10, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Hope you're feeling better soon, Pauline!

My daughter had the flu last spring and she recently found out from the person who she got it from, that the person she got it from had been tested and it was H1N1.  So, we're pretty sure that's what my daughter had too.  I'm surprised none of the rest of the family got it then, though.

From Michael Divino
Posted on October 11, 2009 at 1:23 AM

Feel better!

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