And It Strikes Again!

Well, having written a post on the flu jab not so long ago, I thought I’d let you know that the typical thing has happened. Last week, I’d pencilled in a day to go into town this week to get one. By Friday I started feeling unwell… Got worse, more exhausted than usual… then I got snotty, then realised I was having trouble breathing…  When I went to the doctor, I thought my chest would explode and I’ve been barely able to talk because I can’t take a breath will such wheezing and crackling.

Yep, I’ve got the flu and then a chest infection, again! Second time in 3 months and I’ve spent 4 nights sitting upright as I can’t lie down so I’ve barely slept, I feel utterly useless, and my body is on fire, partly because of how I’ve had to be sitting I’d imagine.

It’s 7 days of antibiotics, a bucket load of tissues, an inhaler, water, green tea and herbal sweeties for me. I know how to live dangerously!

I just wanted to say that if you’re considering doing something, then go for it. Don’t wait, you don’t know what will happen and you may just kick yourself for not doing it.

In my case, it wouldn’t have helped because the flu jab can apparently take about 2 weeks to work in actually providing protection (and even there there are no guarantees). You should consider the pros and cons of getting the flu jab and whether you need one.

What this has taught me, however, is to be more grateful because I’ve realised how desperate I am to get back to my ‘baseline’. I can’t remember the last time I felt good, so my general baseline is ‘pretty crap’, and it varies from there. I would do anything to go back to being ‘pretty crap’ right now as my body is struggling so much. My head is killing, my brain is mush and I seem to have been incapable of doing anything the past few days.

Of course we all know that things can be worse, and knowing that doesn’t always help. Of course we all know to not delay doing things without good reason incase we regret it, but it doesn’t mean we always do. Of course we know we need to look after ourselves when we’re not well, but it’s not always that simple.

Be well, everyone – Look after yourselves, think again about the flu jab if you were on the fence before (may not be ideal, but may be better than nothing), and take a moment to appreciate your baseline, as crappy as it may be, because too often we take it for granted when we forget those times when we’ve felt so much worse.





  1. November 9, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I’m so sorry that you’re feeling so lousy. I know exactly what you mean about feeling so icky, that you yearn to go back to your baseline experience of just feeling ‘pretty crappy’. Hugs to you. My lump is going to be removed on Monday. The prognosis is good. I’m not dying, like I thought I was. So relieved!

    • November 10, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Just sent you a message on your blog post – I’m so glad he doesn’t think it’s anything nasty, and that it can be removed so quickly! Thank you for the hugs and I’ll send some back your way for Monday – keep me posted on how you are!  ♥
      Caz x

  2. November 9, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    So sorry that you are feeling so horrible Caz. Praying you get to feeling better soon. I completely understand about “normal crappy” I’ll take my “normal” over out of sorts any day. Big hugs, sending you lots of prayers. ❤❤

    • November 10, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      I’m glad the baseline thing made sense, wasn’t sure if I’d just written something unintelligible that made sense to only me! Thank you so much for the hugs and prayers, much appreciated. I hope you’re keeping well Margaret – have a lovely weekend! 🙂
      Caz x

      • November 10, 2017 / 9:11 pm

        It’s my pleasure Caz, love reading your blog, I love giving hugs, and I love to pray :):):) Certainly the pleasure was all mine 🙂 Yes, the baseline will make perfect sense to anyone. I am doing fine, thank you for asking :):)

  3. November 9, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Oh no! I hope you’ll feel better. We’re all sick over here too.

    • November 10, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry the sickness bug has got you all too. Thank you for the well wishes – I’ll send my own back and hope you feel better soon! Rest up, stay warm & take care of yourself over the weekend x

  4. November 9, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Get better soon xx

    My longtime secret weapon would have to be honey and lemonade it works magic and will make you feel 100 % better !!

    • November 10, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Oooo I hadn’t thought of lemonade with honey, do you drink it cold or warm? I remember my mother mixing Ribena with honey and warming it up when I was little. Thanks for the tip and the lovely comment 🙂

      • November 10, 2017 / 6:16 pm

        Definitely warm… Boil the water, add generous amount of honey and half of squeezed lemon xx
        The minute I feel the cold coming, I will have it !!

  5. November 10, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Hugs to you and you have definitely got it bad. Hope you feel better soon. x

    • November 10, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you Liz, I appreciate it 🙂
      I hope all’s going well with you – I miss your updates! Fingers crossed things are good with the driving, learning, job… Hugs xx

      • November 10, 2017 / 9:39 pm

        You’re welcome. 🙂 I have been struggling with the death of my cousin and her husband. Their funeral was on Wednesday. Colouring or doodling seems to be my thing at the moment. Struggling with words, hence me leaving blogging until the New Year and i hope to get back into my studying soon, but brain feels mush and not ready. Driving lessons are just in over a weeks time. x

        • November 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

          I’m so sorry about your cousin and her husband, and for both to pass (suddenly, I would imagine?) Life can be incredibly cruel. I’m glad the colouring/doodling helps a little, sometimes just zoning out on something is the only thing to get you through tough situations. Sending my love and hugs your way, and even though I know I can’t do anything to make things any easier, I hope the funeral goes as well as it can in giving them a beautiful, loving goodbye. xxxx

          • November 11, 2017 / 8:04 pm

            You will see details on my post I wrote before my final one for this year called, “Double heartbreak.” They were both killed, instantly. So this has been very hard for us all an hence I am in a dark cloud at times still. We cannot believe we will not see them again. They were both well and taken from us early, after tragic events. The colouring is the only thing to zone myself out of at the moment and I am finding at least i can comment at times now on other peoples blogs, but have no words for my own at the moment.

            The funeral was beautiful thank you. The funeral was packed as I expected. They lived all their lives in the same place as a couple and so they were well known. No one had anything horrible to say about them. All have been lovely comments. xx

  6. November 11, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. Sending lots of positive vibes your way!

    • InvisiblyMe
      November 12, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you for the positive vibes, and also for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  7. November 11, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Feel better soon my friend. The flu is nothing to mess around with. Take care of yourself.

    • InvisiblyMe
      November 12, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you, Tony. You take care of yourself too, and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂

  8. November 12, 2017 / 12:50 am

    Oh no, I ‘m sorry to hear that. I hope you are feeling better soon, and your mug is awesome!

    • InvisiblyMe
      November 12, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you! I’ve had that mug for maybe 9 years and the print is still perfect – I want to say ‘they just don’t make things like they used to’! 🙂

  9. November 13, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I’m so sorry you’ve got the flu on top of everything else you deal with! Hope you feel much better and are soon back to your “baseline.”

    • InvisiblyMe
      November 13, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      That’s very kind of you, thank you for the get well wishes!
      I hope you are doing okay, and thanks for the comment 🙂
      Caz x

  10. Natalie | Surviving life's hurdles
    November 14, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Aw Caz I hope you are starting to feel a bit better now! I’ve had flu in the past and I never want it again, it’s awful! Take care xx

    • InvisiblyMe
      November 14, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks Nat – The chest infection is easing up thanks to the antibiotics, now just got to get rid of the flu! Stay warm & away from anyone contagious!! 🙂
      Caz x

  11. November 14, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Hope you feel better soon, you poor thing. Make sure you take care of yourself as best you can and dont try to do too much too soon.

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