For so the Lord has commanded us, “I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
All the advice I have gotten about having the true flu says that pushing yourself too hard just makes things worse (like pneumonia-type worse) in the long run. In keeping with that advice, I called my boss and told her I would return to work next Monday. Ian and I counted up my carefully-hoarded vacation and sick time, and have determined that three days unexpected days off won’t break the bank. Good thing the year’s almost over, though; I won’t be able to take any more sick time until January after this. I sincerely hope I won’t have cause to.
Now a request for more advice: I have stopped taking the Tylenol, which I used to break the fever, and the good news is that my fever has not returned. However, I have a nasty sore throat (in addition to all the other delightful flu symptoms, of course) that makes eating, talking, and swallowing most unpleasant. Any suggestions for good throat-soothing remedies? So far only sorbet helps, and that not for long, but I don’t really want to subsist on sorbet for the duration, however tasty that sounds. I would like something non-pharmaceutical (all that Tylenol made me anxious about my liver, for all we carefully adhered to the mandated 4-hour dosing regimen), preferably easy to prepare so Ian can do it.
Now a couple of non-sick related things:
An online photography journal thing used one of my Flickr pictures in their recent newsletter. You can find the newsletter here; my photo is the one under the heading “Kid, Meet Camera. Camera, Meet Kid.” Pretty neat.
Here is a cool way to donate money to a good cause: +3 Network. You log your miles of activities, and in return, a company like Trek donates money to a specific cause. Granted, each mile logged only results in a tiny donation — on the order of $0.02 or so; the exact amount depends on if you upload it from a GPS and what kind of activity it is — but so far I have logged 12,509 miles (all my miles of riding since I started in 2006, plus or minus about 300) and raised $118 for the Environmental Defense Fund. I see this as a great way to make an activity I would do anyway count a little more. If you routinely exercise, I suggest you consider joining. Every little bit helps!