Almost Ill

As my mother would say, I seem to be “hanging” with some kind of illness.

This is Scottish-speak for “Why, I fear I may be about to become ill, but it hasn’t quite happened yet.” While I wait for it to arrive, I get to live in that horrible limbo-land of Almost Ill: I have a slightly sore throat, a little bit of a cough, a runny nose that isn’t really running very far, and a general feeling of almost-illness. I’ve been feeling like this for two days now: not quite ill enough to justify taking to my bed with a pile of trashy novels, but just ill enough to make sure that getting through my working day is much less comfortable and much more annoying than it really should be. And I know, beyond doubt, that if Actual Illness is in the post, it will wait until I finish work on Friday to arrive, so that I don’t get any time off work, but I do get my weekend ruined. So that’s something to look forward to!

Still, at least it’s not the swine flu. I mean, I’m assuming it’s not the swine flu, anyway, because if it was, I’d presumably be feeling much worse than I am. I’m going to worry about it anyway, though. I’ve actually been worrying fairly obsessively about Swine Flu all year, and this is because Terry, being a transplant recipient, falls into that ominous-sounding “underlying health condition” category. And also because I, being a hypochondriac, fall into the “underlying mental issues” category.

We’re both on the list for the vaccination when it becomes available. Terry is in one of the priority groups because his immune system is compromised (I like to say this in  Jack Bauer type of voice, by the way. “Mr President, the immune system has been compromised – I’m setting up a perimeter!”), and I’m also apparently in one of the priority groups because  I live with someone whose immune system is compromised. Terry says this is for the best – if I didn’t get the vaccination, I’d just whine about it, but, now, of course, I’m ALSO worried about the vaccination, because what if I have some kind of reaction to it, which, you know, kills me? WHAT IF, people?

Seriously, this is NOT a good time to be a hypochondriac, I’m telling you. I actually gave up reading/watching the news a while back, because I got so badly freaked out by all of the “OMG, WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE BECAUSE OF THE SWINE FLU, OR POSSIBLY SOMETHING ELSE!” stories that seemed to be being written with no regard whatsoever for the fact that some of us are hypochondriacs, and only need to read about illness to start experiencing the symptoms of it. But somehow they still keep filtering through, and every so often I will click a link on Twitter or something and it will take me to a “news” story with the title “You Should Be Really Worried About the Swine Flu, Amber, We’re Not Joking”. And then I’ll be scared all over again.

For now, though, I’m pretty sure this is just a small dose of Almost Ill.  Good job we stocked up on Lemsip…

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  • I had the flu vaccine and it didn’t make me sick, if that’s any consolation. I hope you feel better before the weekend.

    October 30, 2009
  • I was being all good motherly to my 14 year old daughter the other day and telling her that we’ll get her that new vaccine that prevents cervical cancer – cos that’s what good mothers do, then someone up and dies after getting the vaccine. GAH! How am I supposed to be a good mother now? Meanwhile, being a hypochondriac like your good self, I’ve spent most of our winter convinced that I am most definitely coming down with Swine Flu this time. No this time. No, wait, this time…

    October 30, 2009
  • I got the ‘almost ill’ a little while ago – which last about four weeks of suckiness. Do not want. Would very much rather be very ill for a week than behalf half sick for a whole month. Do not like.

    Get better soon!
    .-= siany´s last blog ..All I want for Christmas: number one in an occasional series =-.

    October 30, 2009
  • As party of my vet course, I had to write an essay last year about the media scaremongering with regards to Avian flu. If you read that, then you’d see just how much the news can add to your neuroses!
    .-= ayemiy´s last blog ..Lazy Girls' Guide to Halloween =-.

    October 30, 2009
  • I think it’s a given for those of us with “health concern issues” to be panicking like hell about swine flu. My favourites are when the BBC dedicates a whole show to it: “now, don’t worry about it, but watch this whole show – and these REALLY ILL people in Australia – anyway!”. Gah indeed.

    I did have it though, and as someone with asthma I’m in the “underlying health conditions” category too. And then I died… oops, no, I didn’t. I actually didn’t even feel that bad. So I’m notgoing to say the most useless thing one can say to a hypochondriac in this situation, but I will go for a nice “amen!” to this post in general.

    (I have to have the vaccine, too. I’m scared as hell about it, too. This is fun.)
    .-= Toni´s last blog ..ayemiy: @RIVER_ISLAND: #riverislandyourcouture oh pleeeeeease. 🙂 =-.

    October 30, 2009
  • Steph


    I’ve been experiencing something completely irritating for the past three weeks or so where, every three or four days for no reason at all, I will feel on the brink of a cold – never the fully-fledged lurgy, just some weak and annoying version of it. My dad has got a full-on cold at the moment that is making him sound like a cross between a walrus and an accordion, which makes my pathetic sniffles look a bit embarrassing in comparison.

    I’ve got to get my jab for ordinary flu next week. My asthma is so bad that a serious fit of the giggles could probably bump me off, and my immune system is pretty weak because of a neurological illness – my sister once pointed out that if I was born in a different era I would have been one of those pale, delicate girls destined to die tragically and artistically of consumption

    October 30, 2009
  • KC


    I had asthma when I was little and have had eczema all my life; any little thing can trigger itchiness and scratching so my immune system is considered somewhat compromised as well. I got the regular flu shot a few weeks ago and have been fine thus far, but I’m not going to rush out and get vaccinated for H1N1 when the vaccine becomes more widely available. I’m not a hypochondriac, but I am worried about the side effects…

    Where I work, someone got the chicken pox, and mind you, I do not work with children; someone 25+ is having chicken pox for the first time. Ugh, I feel for that person. Hope none of us folks who’ve already had chicken pox end up with shingles!

    October 30, 2009