"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Flu can really suck, you know.

Back to square one...

If Stephen King hadn't already described the circumstances (in "Danse Macabre") of how he wrote "The Stand", wherein flu (albeit a souped-up version) was the instrument of the downfall of civilization, I would have guessed his inspiration to be a recent bout of it and thinking "What a miserable way to go!!!".

My last walk was on Monday, August 30 (which made Day 93). Since then, I've been fighting (and hopefully overcoming) flu, that probably began the previous Saturday.

The place where I work provides flu shots, but they prefer that I'm over it before they give me one. Sometime in the next few days, I hope.

I'm mostly over it now, except for a few coughing spells and being weak as a kitten (Just how weak is a kitten?) Whatever the specifics, I can barely walk without feeling like I'm about to keel over at first.

But, I'm heading over to the Galleria in a bit, to give walking another shot. I absolutely have to recover my strength some way. If I let myself get to the point where I can no longer work (This has already cost me 12 hours, in a week that only had 20 scheduled to begin with. Trust me; that hurts), it probably will be all over; I don't think I can make it on just a combination of Early-Retirement Social Security plus the few hundred dollars extra that Full-Disability status might bring, assuming I even qualified.

As I've written before, the upside of this situation is that it makes things real damned simple. I'm just gonna have to do whatever it takes to get well, get my strength back, and be able to function again. No Hamlet-like soliloquies needed here. :-)

My biggest worry was over how it would effect my walking regimen. Having no discipline, and being rather low on will power, I fear any excuse for quitting and am determined to do my best to not give in.

Finally, I'm now just too damned tired to rant on politics.
Now, that is intolerable, and cannot be allowed to stand.

"I shall return!" ~General Douglas MacArthur
"I'll be back!" ~The Terminator.

Trying to show some determination. :-)

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Hey Paul - Hope you're feeling better. At least you don't need to get a flu shot now ;=)!


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