Friday Firesmith – One Flu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

A Friday morning or two ago, I started feeling bad and it got worse as the day went on. Saturday I didn’t feel well at all and Sunday the decline began. Monday I was in full blown Flu Symptoms; congestion, headache, fatigue, and generally feeling terrible. Monday night I took some sleep meds and some flu meds, and as I laid me down to sleep the world took a turn for the surreal.

“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, we’re glad you could attend, come inside, come inside…”

Phosphenes are those images you see when you close your eyes. Not to be confused with floaters, which are those things you see in front of your eyes when your eyes are open, but phosphenes are not normally lucid or clearly defined.

At first, it seemed to be a sort of medieval tapestry being passed in front of my eyes, too close for me to tell what it was and too fast to really see anything but small sections of images. There seemed to be words, letters, pieces of a map, images of a man rowing a boat, buildings, and machines or devices, drawn in incredible detail, whose function I could not guess. There was a woman with a cloak and a hood in a field, and the images showed her throwing seed or spells, with her right hand.

There seemed to be great blobs of dark purple ink being dropped into the phosphenes, and they swirled and partially blocked the other images as if they were there to prevent me from seeing what I had seen. They twisted and expanded, yet they were temporary and fleeting. The images faded into colors and eventually, I went to sleep.

Then things got very strange.

Okay, I take sleep meds and we all have heard what wonderful and exciting side effects there are sometimes. I was taking Ambien and woke up in my truck, with the engine running, and naked. These were new meds, however, and my body reacted splendidly. I woke up and thought I was at my girlfriend’s house. But my clock was there. And the light in the window looked odd. I remembered, very clearly I remembered being at a party with her. I had too much to drink so stayed over. My truck was still at the house where the party had been, and I had to go get it. Except…

I was in my own bed in my own house and had not left it. But the memories were still there.

I spent most of the week sitting up in bed watching a Cardinal bang himself against the window, and wondering if I was hallucinating it. The dogs curled up with me, and even though it was down below freezing outside, I had body heat to keep me warm. I ran a fever, sweated, felt cold, sweated, coughed until I cried, and simply lay still for about three days.

I came out of it after nearly a week, and my advice to you if you get it is to stay down and stay under covers. If you haven’t gotten it yet, wear a mask and gloves and bathe yourself in pure alcohol twice a day.

This flu season is nasty people.

Anyone else have it?

Take Care,

Mike writes regularly at his site:  The Hickory Head Hermit.
Opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the management of this site.

17 thoughts on “Friday Firesmith – One Flu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

  1. The mother in me is hoping you informed someone you were ailing, sought some medical advice etc…Forgive my scolding, but you must know flu can turn into pneumonia and it could well have been the Grim Reaper not the cardinal banging on your window. Then what would happen to your dogs? Poor things cuddling up with a cold corpse.
    Anyway, glad you are now well. Next time dose up with apple cider vinegar and honey every 3 hours…it works 🙂

  2. My illness du jour is a cold this year, carried over from December. I thought that it had finally abated at Christmas, but no. Last Sunday, here it came again, with the coughing, congestion and the crappy feeling. Went back to my Doctor who said, “Yep, your cold is back”. Wow, all of that schooling paid off. Most of my misery is gone again, except for the cough, which seems to ease up when I take Hydromet syrup, which is a narcotic. And as I’ve found out, almost all medical insurance companies have removed it from their formularies.

  3. I didn’t get the flu this year, I always get the flu shot. But I got a wicked stomach virus. I was only down for about two and a half days. I went to my doctor, he said it was going around. I was still upset. I do not get sick. I don’t catch the things that mere mortals catch. This upset me highly. I had to be on the B.R.A.T. diet. Good thing I like rice and bananas. Was hoping to lose weight, no such luck. Figures.

    • I dont get sick either. I cant remember the last time I even had a cold. I was told I have to many antibodies in my blood. This is going on 18 years now. Its a disease called Hastimotos and the A/B attack my thyroid

      • That bears looking into. I also eat a diet high in peppers, although not quite as hot as the reapers you favor. I love Pablanos, serranos, and jalapenos. I’m guessing due to the region I’ve called home for so many years.
        I know they are high in vitamin C, potassium, vitamin D, and beta-carotene. All of that means they are really good for you. They are great for your cholesterol as well as your heart. Also contrary to popular belief they aid in digestion, they don’t cause ulcers, they actually help heal them. As far as immunity. I’m not sure, but with all the other benefits they offer, including the great flavor, I’ll keep eating them.

  4. Glad to hear that you had someone checking on you, Mike. It sounds as if meds have a major reactive effect on you!
    It’s interesting that some people seem to be wired that way. My son had ‘night terrors’ when he was young, which is different than nightmares. They were much more like the effects you were describing, except he was only 8 yrs old so didn’t yet drive – thank goodness! My father-in-law was an alcoholic and I’ve been told that the genes for that are passed down, more to the males than the females. I wonder if that is related somehow to how one processes drugs in the body.

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