What I thought was the flu was a reaction to a sulfa antibiotic. I never knew that an allergy would cause flu like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, headache, and body aches. Not until I developed a red itchy rash was it obvious that the medicine was the culprit. Rashes don’t normally come with the flu. All the while I’d been telling myself that I wouldn’t be sick if I’d just gotten the flu shot.
Now, a full week later after experiencing my first symptom, a headache, I’m still recovering. As I type, my hands and wrists feel arthritic and my equilibrium is still off. This drug took a week of my life, unless you count just breathing as living. I’ve spent seven days, rotating from my bed to my couch, tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable. And, although I was in a stupefied state, getting some rest and sleep that I’ve complained to need, I now feel more drained than ever. All this just for clearer skin.
So I am glad that I’m on the mend, though starting to feel a little queasy as I write. Maybe it’s that worn down resilience because everything that’s been building in my absence is staring me in the face, including laundry, an empty fridge, and four kids ready for mom to “work” again. Let’s just hope they appreciate me more.