That's right. I'm healthy as a horse. Not a pig. Certainly no swine flu here. But truly, last Thursday that's all I could think about. Maybe not the swine flu, but any flu. As my class ended at noon, I left feeling grateful that it was over. I had been feeling a tad bit off all morning, and my upset stomach seemed to be worsening. Could it be morning sickness?* As the afternoon progressed, and I got colder and colder (on a day when temperatures neared the low 70s) I started to suspect something was wrong. And then the aching started - everything hurt. And by late afternoon my husband was convinced we should hurry to the nearest clinic so that if I did in fact have a flu strain, I could get a shot of Tami.flu since we'd be traveling to Kyushu on Monday (a five hour drive at minimum (and we'd be staying with a bunch of family for several days) and thus minimizing the duration of suspected flu would be beneficial to all.
After 2 hours in the clinic, we had a diagnosis of sorts. Probably not the flu (no sore throat or inflammation in the throat or lymph nodes), so I probably just had a cold. This was easily the most uncomfortable cold I've had in 15 years. As I said, everything ached and I shivered with a fever for two days. But the medicine at least helped me sleep and by Monday I was well enough to endure a lengthy car ride to Kyushu for the one-year anniversary memorial of my husband's maternal grandmother (you may recall we just did this in March for my husband's paternal grandmother). We arrived mid-afternoon on Monday and had to leave at 4:30 am on Wednesday to try to beat the traffic and avoid sitting on the highway for hours. I kid you not, a gas station turned us away because we had enough to travel another 100 kilos and they were running out of gas. And if you can believe this vending machines were completely sold out - dozens of them at a roadside service area - empty. This gives new meaning to the dreaded term "holiday travel".
I am SO glad to be home and healthy!
*Turns out I'm not. They had to give me the test before giving me any medicine at the clinic and presumably, they would have told us if our assumption that we're NOT pregnant was incorrect.