Flu bugs will do that to you. I can't remember the last time I had the flu. I've gotten the flu shot every year for 10 or 12 years. Apparently there is a really nasty bug going around work, and it doesn't seem to be a part of this years flu shot. It hits suddenly and hard. People come into work feeling fine. Two hours later they're feeling dizzy. A few hours after the dizziness starts the stomach and intestine purging begins.
It hit me that suddenly late Saturday afternoon. I borrowed Susan's car to run some errands. I felt fine up until I was halfway through the grocery store list. I starting feeling dizzy. I knew what was coming. So I got through the shopping as fast as I could so I could get home and get on with the suffering. It was not pretty. I was up at least once an hour running to the bathroom all night long.
It didn't help much that I was the first one on the scene of a bad head on collision on the way home from the grocery store. One of the cars was doing at least 50 mph. A car with a mother and six year old were hit by a young guy driving a black car, with no working lights after dark. The young guy was covered with blood from a punctured lower lip. The 6 yr old girl just kept screaming. No serious injuries though, but some serious trauma going on. Then a guy pulls up, that apparently had been passed by the young guy at a high rate of speed just moments before the crash. They start getting into this yelling match that was escalating very quickly. I had to separate them. While I pulled the young guy away and got him calmed down, another woman that had pulled over was attending to the women and daughter. It seemed like forever, but the police and FD finally arrived and took over the scene. They took my name and excused me. The rest of the drive home I was not only dizzy, but my head was spinning from the events that had just taken place.
Not my best day.
Rewind to earlier in the day, before the illness hit. I had planned to get out on the Pug for a snowbike ride. I had the Pugsley ready, and my clothes all gathered up. I realized my heart rate and blood pressure were feeling higher than usual. A quick check with a home blood pressure monitor confirmed it. That's always the first sign I'm fighting something, or have gotten some gluten. As upsetting as it was, I canceled on my bike ride knowing the nasty bugs going around work. Turns out to have been a smart move.
I did manage to get one thing positive done. A reader of this blog offered to buy my older Surly Cross Check. Here it is in one of the many, many bicycle commutes to work.
I took some time giving it a really good cleaning and going over. It really amazed me at how good of condition it is in after all the riding I've done on it since 2005. It was a bit sad cleaning it for the last time. But on the the other hand, it's going to another blogger that commutes to work all year round. It will continue to get used rather than collecting dust in the corner of my basement.
Here it is all wrapped up and ready to go in the box. Next stop was to a local packing and shipping store to send it on it's way.
I'm home from work today trying to get my strength back and get rehydrated. How was your weekend?