A Foggy Week │The Flu
There are only a couple of things that keep me from blogging. The first would be no internet – which is a given! While we are traveling we often either don’t have internet, or it isn’t very good. You’ve probably noticed this while we are on the road – there are long silent periods on this little blog of ours! The second reason that you might stop hearing from us is sickness! When I fell pregnant with Eli, and the morning sickness kicked in hard, I didn’t blog for days and days at a time. I really wanted to, but we were not revealing our secret just yet -plus I left too wiped out to think – so what was there to say!? The undeniable first trimester fatigue just left me napping whenever I could.
Of course, there was no surprise trip in the last 10 days — I was just awfully sick. So sick that I didn’t want to move, talk, or even cook meals. It started on Friday, the 17th, in the evening (my birthday) on our way home from drinks with friends. My throat started to get really sore while we were in the taxi, and when we got home my head started to throb. I assumed that the St.Patty’s Day concoctions had gone to my head, so I got straight into bed and went to sleep. The following day, I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. Physically AND emotionally. My head hurt, by body was heavy, and everything made me want to cry.
That evening we were set to attend the Qingdao Expat Annual Gala, so you can imagine my disappointment! All day long I tried to build up some excitement, strength, and maybe even crack a smile – but it was useless! I just didn’t feel like myself at all. Begrudgingly, I got dressed and we made our way to the Mardi Gras themed ball that I had been incredibly excited about for weeks. I spent most of the night sitting at our table, trying not to fall asleep. At the time I didn’t realize that I was sick – I thought that I just wasn’t feeling myself. It is not like us to skip an afterparty, and head home early, but that was exactly what we did. We were in bed before midnight.
By the following evening, my head felt like it was going to implode, every muscle in my body was aching, and I was too weak to care about anything but lying on the couch. The odd thing about this flu was that I barely looked sick at all – it was all internal! Sinus pain, severe headache, and chronic muscle and overall fatigue. I contemplated going to the doctor, but only if you have ever lived in China will you understand what a crappy experience that is!
During the days that followed, I managed to (somehow) keep up with some of my tutoring, and take care of my son (i.e. keep putting on movies). But that was all that I could do. Justin came home and cooked dinner, took out the trash, did the dishes, and played with Eli while I continued to sleep. I can’t adequately describe the last week, because it was a complexly blur. It closely resembled walking through a fog for an entire week! I was in zombie mode.
All routines and any sense of normalcy went out of the window for roughly 8-10 days. Even now, almost two weeks later, I still feel a little weak and fatigued. Life is not yet back to normal.
Officially THE WORST FLU EVER!
Perhaps it was bird flu, or swine flu… or some sort of mutant China flu… who knows! I am just happy that it is over, and that I am slowly but surely gaining my strength back. Above all, I am thankful that Justin and Eli seem healthy. We thought that little man was coming down with it, but he doesn’t seem to be showing anymore symptoms.