Thursday, 12 January 2012

Novovirus Blues


I have not blogged for the past few days because I have been rather dramatically ill.
On Monday I could feel a "bug" coming on, and by Tuesday morning, I could hardly lift my head off the pillow. There was a funeral on in the Graveyard and I could hear the gravedigger's lorry arrive on my field ( he has to access the cemetery from my land) but just felt too ill to go over to save the poor man from being chased by the geese.
By midday I was suffering rigors,nausea and joint pain worse than I have ever experienced before and after an aborted attempt to walk the dogs I did what I have never done before, I rang Chris at work and told him to come home.
I have been in bed ever since, watched over continually by a loyal and slightly anxious Meg Well that is until this morning when I dragged my sorry, stinking arse out of my Tracey Emin-ish bed......and I can honestly say that I have never experienced a virus which has made me feel so bad...ever......ever in 49 years!. This is no word of a lie....but on Tuesday night I had visions of me being whisked away to hospital I felt so awful, ( and even the cool-as-a-cucumber Chris was worried when he saw me all vague  pale and feverish hidden under the duvet)- I must have looked like Kate Winslet in her sick scene in Sense And Sensibility.....
Anyhow I survived and thank goodness for Carer's leave, that's what I say
Without Chris having the flexibility to come home to look after me and the animals, I really don't know where I would have been with it all........
Things can change on a sixpence can't they?

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  1. Welcome back to the land of the living, John. I don't think I've ever felt as sick as you describe--thank goodness.

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  2. Poor old you. Sounds like 'proper' flu. Very nasty. Virtual get well soon card on the way!

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  3. "I could hear the gravedigger's lorry arrive on my field.'

    I bet not a lot of people can use sentences like that unless they're writing a book. :P

    I'm starting my 12 day vacation off sick. It's almost like a plague has hit the bookstore. I'm one of the last ones to get it, I think. But I'd rather be at home sick than try and stumble in with a head full of phlegmy cottom.

    Yours sounded much worse though, I'm glad you're all good now. Having a good person as your partner in life helps, I know I'm always thankful for mine :D

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  4. My friend has got this virus at the moment and it has completely floored her. I hope you are feeling better soon John, it sounds terrible.
    Love
    Jo xx

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  5. I beleive John you got hit hard, because you have been hit hard these last few months. Your body is saying STOP!

    Glad you are better. Chris, you're a good fellow.

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  6. They certainly can! I hope you are filling back to your usual chipper self soon.

    Take you time getting well! Don't rush it once you start feeling a little better.

    Right, Nanc ~ tell the nurse how to properly care for a sick person....

    ;-)

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  7. I had a feeling you might be under the weather. Rats!! Take care John, fluids and rest ... you know the drill. Feel better soon.

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  8. Blimey! Hope you're ok John. Wondered where you'd been (and lost your e-mail address in a PC abyss).

    The chap opposite me on the plot, well his partner suddenly dropped like a stone over Christmas with the same thing, bang, just like that.

    Knocked the poor fella off his feet. Ambulance called out and everything.

    Take it easy for a bit matey.x

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  9. thanks all
    Chris..it DID scare me...big style!.......

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  10. Thank goodness you have Chris. You must have really been sick to call him back. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  11. I hope the flu shot will prevent this from hitting us here! I am not a good patient.
    Good to have you back with the living....sort of anyway!

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  12. Oh my John, that sounds awful. I am glad you are on the mend.

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  13. Glad you are back to entertain us, John. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

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  14. Looking on the bright side - it's probably helped with the weight loss!

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  15. Give Chris a hug from me. I'm glad he was 'there' for you.
    I agree with Donna - no wonder it has hit you hard, you go non-stop and this past year has not been kind. On the up-side, just think of the scale at Weight Watchers next time!
    Be good to yourself. Hope you are feeling better SOON!
    Hugs! Linda

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  16. Poor you! good job it was NOVO virus and not PARVO virus :-O

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  17. Have to admit - was starting to worry over a lack of posting for a couple of days - and starting to imagine the very worst. A fretful bunch are we followers of John the dogs. So very sorry it's the nasty flu and yet...so happy it's only the flu if you follow what I'm saying! Feel better soon.

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  18. There really is a corker of a flu virus doing the rounds and you got it baaad, poor chap. So glad you're feeling a bit better and that Chris could come tend to you. Hell of a way to diet, that!

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  19. You see where all this healthy losing weight exercise nonsense gets you?

    Right, have a pie and a pint, then sit down and have another pie. And another pint.

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  20. Worried that there were no new posts--what a nasty bout! take care and make sure there are no relapses.

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  21. Poor you. Don't do too much too quickly - which is easier said than done, I know. Thinking of you.xx

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  22. Nasty - get well soon John - my mum calls it Novymura virus! x

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  23. Good grief, you just never know what's around the corner.
    Sorry to hear you've been so poorly and I do hope you're fully recovered soon.

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  24. I had it two years ago and I can only say that it's sh*t. Literally. And other bodily ejections.
    Poor K came home (I didn't even have the strength to phone him) to discover a trail of 'destruction' from the lounge (where I'd laid on the sofa when I first felt ill) all the way upstairs, into the bathroom and then into bed.

    I guess that's when I realised he was a keeper :)

    Take care. Drink plenty of fluids. Stay warm. XX

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  25. Hope this post means you are well on the road to recovery, John. Take care!

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  26. Hope you are getting well - just don't expect to feel in 'normal' health for some time - no matter how fit you are, this will take some recovery
    X

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  27. Yuk! Horrible! Get, well - well soon!

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  28. That sounds like one nasty bug, sorry to hear you have been so ill. Glad to hear you are doing better!

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  29. Get better soon John.

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  30. I'm sorry to hear you've been so ill, and hope you're on the mend. Those viruses can cut the legs from under you can't they? Wishing you better things for the rest of 2012. Em :)

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  31. I am so glad you had someone to take care of you! Fortune would have it that my husband works from home, so when I broke my leg, he was able to do both, (well, he sort of concentrated on me for a bit, but he could go out and work when I was sleeping...) So, I am happy you are better now, and that that no one ends up with it again. That is the sad thing in our house, we share, even when we don't want to.

    Cat

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  32. Thank God you are still here...I thought you'd been kidnapped by the crackhead whores, and Chris couldn't raise the ransom.
    Jane x
    PS Really glad you are feeling better x

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  33. So relieved that you are still here!!! Was worried as to where you were. Sorry you have been ill John but just think of the anti-bodies you have built up now. I do hear that there is a nasty virus going around. Get really well soon. Love

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  34. I was getting worried, and was hoping maybe it was just your internet connection, not sickness.
    I once fell victim to Swine Flu, both my husband and myself at the same time, our six-year old daughter was our Florence Nightingale, I thought we would die in that bed :(
    Anyhow, I'm glad you are on the backside of the nasties, and keeping my fingers crossed that Chris stays clear of the bug....

    Lovely to have you back !
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  35. Glad you've at least recovered enough to post. Sounds awful.

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  36. We've both had the virus here. Fortunately, much milder than you. Of course, having spent so much time near an A&E dept, and my nearest bus stop being outside and care home (cleaners changing shifts around the time I set off) made that a given.

    Aty least I haven't gone down with different strains of it in the space of 10 days, like I did a few years back.

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  37. John look after yourself.

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  38. Ugh, John, i'm hoping you're feeling much better and can continue to recover and as rapidly as possible!

    Good on Chris for coming home to take care of you and the animals, and good on Meg for stepping up to a nurse's role.

    With the last several tumultuous months you've had, it's little wonder that you were primed for this virus. :0(

    Thanks for letting us know what's what.

    Lots of healing wishes being lobbed your way from we in Cyberia,

    megan

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  39. Sorry to hear you've been so ill! Hope you are back to 100% soon.

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  40. Squeeze the juice of a whole lemon into 250ml of boiling water, add a tablespoon of sugar - stir to dissolve - and 30 ml of good spirits (Brandy or Whisky).

    Take it to bed and sip it slowly after swallowing two paracetamol.

    Go to sleep covered by a good layer of blankets and/or doona and sweat it out.

    Ring me in the morning! That'll be £25.00, thank you!

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  41. You poor thing John, and still you manage to tell a good story, with the grave-digger's lorry looming... Be well and stronger too. Looking forward to getting back into my blogging and catching up properly with my blog friends now that I'm back home.

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  42. John, they sure can. That virus sounds yucky. So glad you're starting to feel a bit better. Look after yourself.

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  43. I think I'll try John D's remedy, without the water, and I'm not even sick!

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  44. So glad you are feeling better! Take care and get some rest. So glad Chris was there for you and the animals. Amazing how an illness like that can be so quick knock you off your feet.

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  45. Classic case of Man-flu. Glad you are feeling better. (lol!)

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  46. it WASN'T flu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It was norovirus!!!!!!!!!!

    it's a gastric virus

    LOL
    smiley face

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  47. My goodness! Glad that you're on the mend!

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  48. I wondered where you'd got to.
    I hope you're back up to speed soon.

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  49. Change in a moment! So sorry you've been so poorly and glad to hear you're on the mend now.

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  50. John
    Do you think you got it from work?
    We have had some cases - ED was full of diarrhoea last week .... Literally!!
    Get better soon
    Jane

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  51. Jane
    I checked with Occupational health today and they said no one on itu was off with it... although I have heard reports that some of the wards have had problems... I did go briefly to the general wards on my last shift
    who knows... I am only guessing it was novovirus.....it fits the symptoms

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  52. That was disgusting. I mean your vomiting bug. I do hope you are properly well now. How wonderful that you were so well looked after by Chris (your hero).

    I won't call it " winter vomiting bug" because my entire Down Under family have recently been victims in the middle of their summer. Our 12 month grandson, his four year old sister, their parents, as well as my other daughter and her partner. Thankfully all now recovered as we're about to visit. Phew.

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  53. So glad yu had someone to help out. Mend well!

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  54. You really never know when something is going to snag you and not let you go!

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  55. Very glad you are feeling better, John. Sounds like you have had a horrid time. Be sure to take it easy and not do too much too soon. That's mother speaking... worried about you. Glad Chris could be there for you. Hope he stays well.

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  56. Yay Chris for being a caring carer...and good for you for pulling through John...sounds horrendous! Over the years I've had some pretty nasty flu...but yours sounds worse by far. I can just see the geese chasing the "gravediggers"...hard to be calm and circumspect under such conditions ;-)

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  57. Sorry to hear you're feeling so wrecked. Glad Chris is able to keep an eye on you. I've got a nasty case of jet lag but it sounds quite petty compared with what you're going through. Get well soon.

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  58. Sorry to hear you're feeling so wrecked. Glad Chris is able to keep an eye on you. I've got a nasty case of jet lag but it sounds quite petty compared with what you're going through. Get well soon.

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  59. John, sorry you're so sick. I hope you're on the mend. Please don't be a hero and rush back to work, take your time and get better properly. XX

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  60. Look on the bright side - prolly got the diet off to a flying start!

    Get well soooooon X

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  61. Glad you are feeling a bit better. Flu is horrid.

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  62. I was worried about you and so I asked your sister if you were okay--I'm glad you're feeling better, take care, don't over do it, and know that I'm sending healing thoughts and lots of energy in your direction!

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  63. Poor you, sounds horrific. Get lots of rest and I hope you feel better soon.
    oxoxo

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  64. And there I was thinking you'd eloped with the geese...sorry to hear you were poorly, and glad you're back on the mend..

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  65. I heard from Ina in Alaska that you had been suffering so I just popped over to see what was what.It sounds as if you have had a right do but hopefully the worst is over now. Keep getting better. :)

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  66. Novovirus? Oh, NONO! No more virus! So sorry you've been so ill, but glad you're back among the living again. Imagining how horrible you were feeling, when you mentioned hearing the gravedigger's lorry, I imagined how I would have reacted under those circumstances. (I would've had a twinge of concern the lorry was coming for me.) So glad you're feeling better.

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  67. Glad you are on the mend. Thank God for Chris!

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