Well, that's what it feels like at my house at the moment anyway. 'They' say we are only three days away from anarchy in the city when the system is disrupted, and I'm sure that most of you can attest to that fact when the primary home carer is ill, things descend into chaos with alarming rapidity.
Given the weakened state of my lungs this year I was very thankful to have gotten through winter without catching the 'flu, but of course just because the calendar says it's Spring, doesn't mean much and the dreaded lurgy got me anyway: the sinus headache I had last week deepened into full-on influenza. I've had some really bad colds before but have been blessed to have only experienced the actual 'flu once before - and it was nothing like this one!
I've consulted all my herbal home remedies books, plus The Book of Armaments (Google) and have been throwing everything at my disposal (in terms of 'natural' remedies) at it, to the point where I think I've consumed more garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and honey this last week than I have in my preceding 39 years. I reckon my garlic breath could kill a grown vampire at 40 paces (and if that didn't do it in, the garlic reeking from my sweaty pores surely would), and I noticed this morning that my skin is looking more sallow than usual, no doubt a result of the endless vats of turmeric tea I've been sipping on.
Despite sticking to a mostly natural approach I've still never been more thankful to:
a) have instant access to hot running water without fear of it running out (long, hot showers were the only thing that would loosen the phlegm on my chest & relieve my pounding head);
b) have a car; and
c) live a 2 minute drive from a pharmacy so I could send hubby out for supplies of Eucalyptus oil, sterile saline solution (for my hideous conjunctivitis) and jumbo boxes of tissues when we ran out.
I shudder to think how we would cope if it really were anarchy out there and I couldn't have access to even those things - I'm incredibly lucky to have access to home grown ginger, turmeric, garlic and lemons for a start, an unusual situation in a city - and that isn't including the pre-prepared foods which suddenly reappeared in our house when hubby was faced with recovering from his own bout with the 'flu the week before mine and running the house/ looking after three kids by himself, whilst working full time.
Anyway, I'm still Really Ever Not So Well, so until I feel up to more in depth posts again - and I've managed to get this house into a state of semi-normalcy first (which, sadly, isn't going to happen any time soon) - I may have to distract you with garden photos again.
When I find my camera cable.
Which may or may not be somewhere amongst the enormous piles of suspiciously bill-like envelopes I've been ignoring on my desk for the last two weeks... Sigh.