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I gots de flu! This is an honest-to-god, took-my-last-dose-of-Nyquil-but-brought-it-up-again, holy-shit-my-SKIN-hurts, my-lungs-make-noises-like-crinkly-cellophane son of a bitching flu. I haven’t had one of these in years and years.

I don’t expect to be going on adventures for a while. I’ll keep you posted.


Comment from dissent
Time: September 19, 2016, 10:22 pm

So when they came up with the term “sire” for the king, they weren’t kidding.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 19, 2016, 10:24 pm

Ooh, no! So sorry to hear of your malady. I wish there were an actual cure but usually the best you can do for flu is palliative. Doctor Uncle Al suggests you consider cough syrup with dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and codeine, followed by a rum chaser. Easy on the rum – that mixture can run you over like a truck if you overdo.

Do you have a friendly local apothecary/pharmacist? Ask him/her for a recommendation.

Oh, yeah, of course hot toddies never hurt unless you’re already close to your ethyl alcohol limit.

Get better, dammit!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 19, 2016, 10:54 pm

You can get codeine, Uncle Al? That surprises me!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 19, 2016, 11:13 pm

Hope you feel better soon, S. Weasel!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 19, 2016, 11:46 pm

Stoatie, codeine is indeed by prescription only here in the land of the “free” but it can be had. Last time I checked, it was easier to get in Canada but that was a decade ago.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 20, 2016, 2:31 am

Probably easier to get heroin than codeine…doctors are prescribing it to those for whom methadone and such doesn’t work here in Canada.

Comment from gromulin
Time: September 20, 2016, 2:55 am

I’m just getting over one of those stealth-bastard flu’s that make you sleep all day for a week, then you rally thinking you’ve beat it, then it comes back for another week just to make you it’s biotch. I’m going with frozen Jagermeister over nyquil next time, it’s cheaper and achieves the same effect.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 20, 2016, 4:24 am

Poor Weasel. I hope the worst thing about your being sick is having to eat Uncle Badger’s cooking.

Get well soon!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 20, 2016, 4:36 am

I hope this will cheer you up a bit. Earlier today I posted a link to your Howdy Doody cover of ELLE and evidently they liked it a lot.

Comment from catnip
Time: September 20, 2016, 5:25 am

The Misery Season must have gotten a head start. It sounds like a nasty strain of flu, and I’m sorry you’re in the vanguard of victims. If your suffering intensifies, immediately see a doctor, because wasn’t there a persistent cough last year?

I hope tomorrow you’ll be feeling noticeably better!

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: September 20, 2016, 7:07 am

Feel better soon. And stay over there on your side of the wet spot. And COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH, dammit.

Do you get the flu shot each year?

Comment from Timbo
Time: September 20, 2016, 9:27 am

I’m on a codeine syrup at the moment. Don’t really know if you need a script here in Spain. It’s not included in the medicines the health service subsidizes.

Comment from tinman
Time: September 20, 2016, 11:09 am

I would suggest chicken soup, but that probably would get me banned from the site.

Comment from lizardbrain
Time: September 20, 2016, 11:34 am

Yes, the hurty skin. Watch out for the hallucinations.

Sorry to hear it, Weasel. Get better soon.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2016, 11:35 am

I love it, Uncle Al! Thanks for putting my art out there.

I can get ibuprofen and codeine and, if I ask nicely, I can even get codeine linctus. But the last time I took codeine linctus — I bet your pardon in advance for grossness — I shat a shit of pristine whiteness. It scared the hell out of me. I think it might’ve been the formaldehyde(!) that was also in the mixture.

Anon, Uncle B does most of the cooking. Sadly, I’m not eating nothing at the moment.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 20, 2016, 1:00 pm

Ack! The flu! That’s the worst being ill there is. My go-to food is the lowly baked potato. With salt and butter. You get some carbs, fat, potassium, magnesium. Easy to digest, and not too aromatic. Just a few bites helps a lot. I sip tonic water with lime. Slightly fizzy, slightly tart. A teaspoon at a time.

I had a bottle of cough syrup—Jet A-1 with 1/4 grain of codeine in it, and I’m allergic to codeine. But this stuff was magic; it totally stopped the cough. We rationed it for the worst of the worst. Wish I could remember the name of it. It was clear and burned like hell going down.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: September 20, 2016, 3:45 pm

No good sickie stories, just: Get well soon!

Comment from Poindexter
Time: September 20, 2016, 3:55 pm

Rest up, take care of yourself, get some hot-and-sour soup from the nearest Chinese restaurant (won’t cure you, but it’ll sure make you feel better). Flu can be nasty.

Comment from OldFert
Time: September 20, 2016, 6:30 pm

Get better soon. Use to be, back in Texas, Codeine could just be signed for at the pharmacy. Prior to that, in the military, you could get GI Gin (terpin hydrate elixir with codeine). Mrs Fert’s been down with a bad cough for the past week. It can take a lot out of you.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: September 20, 2016, 8:00 pm

Sleep a lot.

Get well soon.

Comment from dissent
Time: September 20, 2016, 9:32 pm

Yes, indeed. Rest. Fluids. Hope you feel better soon.

Comment from Niña
Time: September 20, 2016, 9:53 pm

One good thing about not going anywhere is lowering my chances of meeting people who can pass on nasty viruses. Of course, there’s still the hospital, which is full of sick people, so I try to stay away from them. So far, so good. I wouldn’t let my own daughter in the room while she had a cough: DONT YOU KNOW WHAT IMMUNOCOMPROMISED MEANS YOU GERMY HUMAN?

Maternal love only goes so far.

Comment from RealMc
Time: September 20, 2016, 9:57 pm

Stoaty, zie German’s have a saying…….

Saufe dich sund.

My spelling might be off but basically it means drink yourself healthy….it worked for me in back in my Germany days more than once.

I recommend whiskey personally but it needs to be 100 proof and straight up. 3-4 shots short of a bottle a spoon full of fine local honey and you’ll be right as rain.

Get well soon.

Comment from Niña
Time: September 21, 2016, 3:38 am

I sincerely hope you’re on the downside of things, Stoaty!

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