For the past few weeks my manager has been full of god only knows what types of germs, coughing and sneezing her way round the shop. She got it off another member of staff, who, of course, got it off someone else. At this time of year retail environments are prime breeding grounds for everything from a simple cold to every single bug and virus you do not want to catch.
On Monday it got me! I had spent Sunday drained and lethargic, falling asleep randomly on the sofa with Olivia having to keep waking me up. I felt fine, thought it was due to too many late nights in work but no, I was wrong. Monday morning brought with it sporadic sneezing fits, chills, hot flushes, and a horrific pain in head and ears like a bad sinus infection and a general ‘I feel like crap’ mood. Tuesday saw me get that horrible blocked/drippy nose and Wednesday brought sheer frustration bringing on a Diva strop of massive proportions that made me finally realise what I had caught was ultimately man flu.
So for Thursday I wrote myself a prescription to do absolutely nothing. At all. After taking Olivia to school I stayed on the sofa. Done some comping, caught up on the last season of Haven and pretty much moped around the whole day. Having been unable to completely shake off the exhaustion, and all an round bleurgh feeling, everything else has gone on the back burner, literally. I have taken the week off from being a normal functioning human succumbing to all consuming man flu.
Man Flu is a strain of flu like symptoms that are most commonly found on male sufferers of the common cold, but can on occasion be caught by females too. It is identified by a few sniffles, slight cough, and accompanied by one or all of the following aches, pains, chills, fever, sore throat, and other symptoms associated with the common cold. When combined together in men they produce dramatic results displayed through constant moaning, inability to move/perform simple day to day tasks, and giving wounded performance worthy of a an oscar (possibly learnt from watching too many diva footballers!)
*Disclaimer: these facts are not scientifically proven, coz you know, I’m not a doctor!*
Needless to say I have been dosed up on the Beechams, bought shares in Kleenex, and given some Oscar winning dramatic performances this week and I have a feeling I haven’t even felt the worst of it!
Wish me luck!