The first sign of the flu came to me in the form of lower body aches last Thursday morning.  Bu that afternoon, it had become a full body ache and I was done for.  I would be completely bedridden for the next four days.  Then mostly bedridden for another one.  Only this morning did I start feeling close to 100%.  Here’s a random list from my time with the flu.

  • Took 2,456 doses of ibuprofen1
  • In addition to ibuprofen, my body took on plenty acetominophen, Pepto Bismol, Thera-Flu, NyQuil, DayQuil, and some Advil Cold & Sinus for good measure.  If Hunter S. Thompson had shown up and let me choose from the trunk of his car, it would have been a no brainer to add a half dozen or so amyls to that list.2
  • Thought about 2 dozen blog post ideas that I didn’t write down anywhere and I’m sure I’ll never write
  • Ate 1 bowl of soup, a few bananas, a couple slices of toast, and 2 fried eggs.  That was pretty much it over the duration of the flu
  • Drank 9 32 oz bottles of Gatorade
  • Missed a few hundred work emails
  • I’d tell you how many rolls of toilet paper I went through, but that would be gross.
  • Watched all 13 episodes of Rubicon – which was great until the last episode.
  • Read Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead by Neil Strauss from cover to cover.  Not a bad read. Recommended if you like reading about rock stars.

Yes.  This was a pointless blog post.  But I needed to write a pointless, get-myself-back-to-blogging post so here it is.  You may now go back to regular programming.


  1. Not really. It only seemed like 2,456 doses. 

  2. If you haven’t read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, you’ll have no idea what that means.