‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.” – Henry David Thoreau

I’m usually pretty good at getting my vaccines when I’m due…including my flu shot. Almost every October – like clockwork – I line up to get the jab. As someone who is both immune compromised AND with fragile lungs, it is just a little bit of a barrier that can keep me out of the hospital. This year, though? Epic fail. By the end of October I still hadn’t gotten my flu shot, and guess who made an appearance? Yep, you’ve guessed it. I’ve got the flu.

If it wasn’t “Covid” times I probably would have went to the hospital yesterday. The day started out decent enough. I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck, but I was pretty coherent. However, shortly after I made the judgement call to cancel the boudoir event I spiked a fever that was high enough that I was completely out of it. Like seriously, when I did a grocery pickup order I ended up ordering 2-4 of basically everything, had conversations with people I don’t even remember talking to, and I’m still trying to decide whether I made good choices for holiday presents I don’t remember ordering. I could barely eat, and when I did…I felt sick. And to be perfectly honest I have no recollection of getting into bed last night.

Yeah, I probably should have went to the hospital. Especially when you consider the amount of albuterol treatments I had to do yesterday. *shrug*

I’m feeling a little better today. The fever has come down, but still lingers. I’m 100% confident in my decision to cancel boudoir. While I may be recovered for Christmas mini’s on the 13th, I know that I could potentially have infected all the clients who came to boudoir this weekend…if I was even up to par to photograph. I may have lost a client – or two – by making the decision, but what matters to me is keeping everyone healthy. What kind of person would I be knowingly photographing people in close quarters when I have the flu?

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean I won’t get the flu again since there are several strands of flu…but at least I’m once again reminded that I need to get my flu shot to at the very least lesson my symptoms should I come into contact again.

For now, though, I just have to go forward and start planning for my next boudoir. You can only deal with the cards you’re given and there is no cheat codes for getting sick.

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