head T-cell and brain (the lead neuron, i suppose)
again, from giantmicrobes.com
head T-cell: [exasperated] again? really?? what do you DO all day, just bathe in the juices of contagious 3 year olds??
brain: well, essentially, yes. sometimes.
head T-cell: what would you do if we just got tired of cleaning up your viral messes?
brain: i'd be very, very sad. come on, you know i don't do it on purpose! and it's all for the CHILDREN. think of them!
head T-cell: think of your poor, overworked T-cell troops. we never get the time off we truly deserve!
brain: oh, come on. it's been a good seven weeks since the last fight!
head T-cell: [indignant] you know, european T-cells get to rest for MONTHS on end.
brain: sorry. anyway, can you just make this battle quick 'n' dirty?? i'm trying to train for a race, here.
head T-cell: oh, whatever. fine. you won't enjoy it, but i'll rage a storm to kill these buggers like you asked.
brain: thank you. i'll try not to do this again so soon, but . . .
head T-cell: don't TELL me you're going back to same day clinic!
brain: no . . . the ER. in a week.
head T-cell: i hate your job. prepare to suffer.
brain: [resolute] i know, i deserve it. bring on the cytokines . . .
24 hour bug?
whatever happened, it happened hard and it happened fast. because while saturday night i was a complete mess, i feel much better now. i didn't even register a fever today (which was only a slight shame, because with our flu policy in effect it would have bought me a free day off for tomorrow. and i certainly could use it).
thank you ALL for your get-well wishes -- maybe that's why i beat this virus down so quickly! so, was it H1N1? we'll never know! maybe it was just a super mild case. we are seeing TONS of it in our clinic (where i worked earlier in the week), so it's not out of the realm of possibility. i'm hoping that maybe that was it so that maybe i can just NOT BE SICK for a while now.
i'm still going to get the vaccine when they release it to health care workers at duke, though. better safe than beaten down by the flu. this brief viral affair was enough of a reminder that it is pure misery to live under cytokine siege.
so while i spent the entire day laying around in recovery mode (and i really MEAN this -- i was 90% horizontal), josh spiffed up our apartment. behold, it's our first finished IKEA-furnished room!
new table and lamp, built/installed by josh, furniture-hacker extraordinaire
i don't have a great before picture, but trust me -- this is an enormous improvement from the card table (with ripped vinyl!) that used to be our dining surface. and i especially love the new lighting! our food is bound to taste even better when we can actually see it. i think.
digging for treasure
when i finally moved from my horizontal position, i started on a bit of cleaning. my favorite part is unearthing random treasures! like this list of goals from 2006 (omg, nothing ever changes):
and this card that josh gave me for my 23rd birthday:
okay, he really DID buy me a mop! he claims he thought that i wanted it (and i did, just . . . not for my birthday.) in his defense, he also got me a framed movie poster of magnolia, which still ranks high on my top movie list. and he is cute enough to get away with things like that.
so this week is going to start on a bit of a messy note: no laundry is done, no groceries have been shopped for. i didn't even get to do my long run (this is the #1 reason i hate being sick!). but it looks like monday is just going to happen anyway. hopefully i can catch up before the week is over!