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My sister Ann arrived with her family -- and the flu -- on Christmas Eve.  I never would have seen her had I not gone up and visited the sickbed.  They'd all been at her in-laws' prior to the journey north and by the time she realized she was sick -- really, really sick -- they were already closer to here than there.  My brother never saw her.  As we shared our Christmas Eve meal together, Michael said that he was looking at his BIL in a whole new light, impressed that he'd bring the boys up here for Christmas even though Annie was sick at home.  Heh.  Someone must have spiked his nog.  That would NEVER happen.

One-by-one we fell.  First, my BIL on Christmas Day.  Next, their two older sons who'd already returned to Madison.  The girls and I went to see "The Golden Compass" in the evening on Christmas Day and shortly after returning home, Maddy said she "felt gross."  It was all downhill from there.  I tried for a long time to convince myself that I wasn't really sick, I was just feeling weird because of Maddy.  Yeah, well, I can dream, can't I?  Katie was next.  I thought Ali had escaped, as she'd left for work as scheduled, but it turns out that she'd returned after only an hour on the job.  I heard that my stepdad had to call it a day by noon yesterday.

I haven't heard about my brother or my other sisters and their families.  My mother and Annie's in-laws have apparently escaped, so far; they're the only ones who have had flu shots.

I have not had a day like that for as long as I can remember.  Maddy called me from her room sometime in the morning, requesting ice and water.  I was so lightheaded after answering the phone, that I had to lie down for a bit before fulfilling her request.  I was also very feverish, and changed both my nightgown and pillowcase at some point.  I managed to bring glasses and a jug of water upstairs and made my deliveries.  At around noon, I forced myself to get up, wash up, and get dressed, but an hour and a half was all I could manage, and I ended up back in bed until sometime between 4:00 and 5:00.

By about 7:00 I had a small bowl of Cheerios.  Being pretty much captive, Katie & I decided to watch "The Bourne Ultimatum" again, since our first viewing was riddled with interruptions.  I dozed in and out a lot, but I still managed to catch a couple of things that I'd previously missed.

I fixed a "left leaning diagonal lace pattern" section that resembled more of a zig-zag and that was all I could muster for the knitting.  Oh, it's a sad, sad state when I'm too sick to knit.  The new project is Knitty's Oblique, and even though I'm only a few inches in, it was just too heavy to hold.  I never mustered casting on the second -- intended to be Unbiased.  Watch for it.

I'm better today -- at least this flu, or whatever, comes on FAST and zips along just as quick.  My muscles are still a little sore and I'm not functioning at 100% (mentally or physically), but it's back to work nonetheless.  Thank goodness there are only two days 'til the weekend.  I hope you all had a holiday/weekend to remember, too, but maybe in a better way.



May 2008 dawn with everyone feeling in the pink!


The flu is the worst. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better today and hope things continue to improve for everyone.


I'm sorry you all got sick! I'm glad it's a fast one. Although - I have to admit, I'm even more glad I got a flu shot this year!

(If it makes you feel a tiny bit better, I threw up this morning. Blech!!!!)


Oh yuck. I hope you're all on the mend soon.


When your knitting is too heavy to hold, can death be far away? Ouch! Glad you are on the mend.


Oh my! I am glad you are feeling better! I hate when illness does such a "shock and awe" like that.

I also wanted to say that I am casting on for Oblique this weekend myself. Yeah! Now I know who to bother with questions, hah!

Andrea (noricum)

Yuck! I hope everyone is back to 100% soon!


I'm sorry you got the flu for Christmas. Hope the whole household is feeling back to normal soon.


"One by one, we fell"...oh my, great phrase....but I'm *so* sorry you had to use it. I hope you are all feeling better by now.


Its terrible to be sick during the holidays. It went through our family last Christmas. Thank goodness we all stayed well this year. Hope you're feeling better now.


Oh MY . . . that's just the pits, having everyone sick like that, all at once, over the holiday . . . I'm glad you're feeling better, at least!


Yeow! The flu is never a welcome visitor, but even more so at holiday time. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all!

Teresa C

Thank goodness you are all on the mend! I hope you enjoy your weekend.


Hey, all I got was this lousey cold.

Get well soon.


Weekend's here! Sure hope you're on the mend.


So sorry you were all hit so hard! Merry Christmas indeed.

Glad to hear you're on the mend, though. :)


Oh sweetie - I'm so sorry for all of you. I hope you are all on the mend and feeling better by now. Surely, if Matt Damon can't fix it, it had to be bad!


Too sick to knit? How awful you must feel!

I have Oblique on my short list, and keep wishing a KAL would pop up and put me on a schedule.

Mary in Boston

Oh, there is nothing worse than being sick during the holidays. So glad everyone seems to be on the mend now.

By the way, Merry Christmas (I'm always a little bit behind) and Happy New Year!


how miserable!!! I hope you are all on the mend you poor things. I am sending hot chicken noodle thoughts your way!


Sorry to hear it.
I was just saying to my daughter that somehow it just really doesn't feel like Christmas until at least one of us throws up in the car on the way to Grandma's house in Wisconsin. One particular year my boys brought the Chicken Pox to Grandma's and gifted it to their cousin that they haven't seen in years, due to them living so far away. Ho, ho, ho.
Fortunately, (unfortunately?)we stayed home this year.
Hope you and yours are feeling much better much sooner.


So sorry that the same crud that visited here hit your house too... gack.
I was totally down for 4 days (off both jobs) and mine turned into bronchitis. I sure hope that yours is only the flu.
It was a nasty one eh?
Glad to hear that you are on the mend. It surely is a bad one when none of us (Margene, me, you) can even knit!
many hugs.

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