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Saturday, August 14, 2010

After 15 months in my current job, I phoned in sick for the first time yesterday. Having worked through chronic prostatitis, suspected arthritis and unconfirmed swine flu, I was finally floored by the common cold. On Friday the 13th. Which is enough to make me superstitious.

I caught it from Amelie, who'd picked it up from her 4-year-old cousin on Tuesday. He appears to be the fount of all known disease, and frankly she needs to steer clear of the boy and stop trying to snog him on the sofa. I had a sore throat on Thursday morning, but I assumed I was just hoarse from answering the phone. By mid-afternoon though, I was struggling to speak, and by the time I drove home from Crowborough in the Thursday afternoon rush hour, my nose was more congested than the traffic. I woke up yesterday morning with a splitting headache, and when I stepped out of the shower, I decided to throw in the towel.

I think that top's getting a bit small. And Amelie's isn't very roomy either.Obviously the last thing you want when you're at death's door is a toddler banging on it incessantly. So we offloaded Amelie onto my parents for a couple of days. That's my Dad on the left. You'll recognise him from Amelie's drawing. I only received that photo last night, so I haven't had a chance to speak to them yet about the bottle of white spirit on the garage floor. When I do, I'll tell them to buy a few more. It's the only thing that gets paint off Amelie's hands.

Anyhoo, I need to go and get some paracetamol, but the good news is that as I type this, we now have a lovely new cooker. The chap who turned up on his day off to install it told me that the fingerless fitter had plastic surgery yesterday. I expect he thought a nose job would distract the eye from from his hands.


Dave said...

Get well soon.  I'm sure you'll get lots of sympathy.  Lisa's probably knocking up something gourmet on the cooker as we speak.  Feed a cold, starve a fever.

Phil's Mum said...

Very observant!  Good thing you didn't spot the circular saw!

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