Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘flu’

Swift Kick

Eleven days ago I wrote Un-Vacation detailing some post vacation troubles.  At the time I thought that it was heralding my path back to regular blogging.  Obviously I was W A Y wrong.  For thing I am writing on a brand spanking new PC.  Before you get too jealous at my new machine I only spend $1000.oo because I had no choice.  You see my “old” computer didn’t suffer the blue screen of death.  I put it to sleep one night and it just wouldn’t wake up the next day.  No pulse.  No breathe.  Cold to the touch.  Sadly for me my “computer guy” at work was on an extended vacation.  Here I was with all of my ideas (many of which are stale now) and no way to post…at least no practical way.

View From The Couch

h1n1I know that the title gives the impression that the view is from a couch potato, but that is not the view.  I spent the last week confined to the house getting over the flu.  My doctor believed that it was H1N1, but did not bother to run any blood work since the results would not be available until after I was cured or dead.  That is not a quote, but the reality.  I’ll have to admit that it was the worst flu that I have experienced, but the deaths that I have read about all seemed to be caused by the secondary issues.  My condition settled into my chest and that is what my doctor treated.

Hypochondria (hī′pə kän′drē ə)

chickenhypoHypochondria is defined as:

“abnormal anxiety over one’s health, often with imaginary illnesses and severe melancholy.”

…or a more serious definition:

“A psychiatric disorder characterized by the conviction that one is ill or soon to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.”

How about a quote?

“The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else’s.”

Goodman Ace

Can you use it in a sentence?

As I sit here suffering from the H1N1 flu and surrounded by used tissues watching daytime television I truly understand the beginning pangs of hypochondria.