Sunday Post with Berls | The Flu

Posted January 28, 2018 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 16 Comments


News at Home: The Flu

So my week started out ok and got really bad, thanks to the flu. The start of the week was crazy because we just have so much going on a school still. Plus my mom had to have oral surgery and that took a lot of team work between me, my brother and my husband for her to get there, have someone in the waiting room, get home and then get my brother (who doesn’t drive due to epilepsy) back home without anyone missing too much work or anything. But we managed it. And things with my autistic student are just getting worse and worse. He needs to be placed in a program, but it takes time to make that happen. It breaks my heart because he needs it and it’s doing no one any good to wait.

Anyway, Wednesday in the middle of first dismissal I was all of a sudden hit with this horrible waive of nausea. I finished loading kids in cars and went to pick up my tutoring kids from their holding location. I worked with them for about 2 minutes before I HAD to put my head down because the nausea was so overwhelming. I ended up taking them back to the holding teacher and asking her to watch them while I went to the school nurse. I didn’t have a fever, but as I described my symptoms (nausea, chills… oh yeah and I’d had a bad cough for days and sore throat). She was like, “yeah, sounds like the flu. You need to go home, stay home, and go to the doctor tomorrow. ” I couldn’t leave right away because autistic student mentioned above? Yeah, his mom had finally agreed to a meeting to discuss my concerns. And it was worth staying, because I do believe we made headway. But then I left and honestly, I probably shouldn’t have driven I felt so dizzy and light headed. At the time, all I could think was I had to get home.

That night was horrible – stomach pain was BAD, couldn’t shake the chills. Thursday morning I went to the doctor and yep, I had Flu type A. A simple perscription for Theraflu got complicated though when I needed liquid form because I can’t take pills anymore (thanks to my Gastric Bypass). It took until 6pm that night for me to get the medicine. And honestly, I’m not convinced it’s done anything! Kiko went and got me some tea late Thursday night and I’m convinced it – along with some yoga – did more for my stomach pain than any of the medicine.

I stayed home Friday and while it was the right move, it killed me because both Thursday and Friday no sub picked up my class. Which meant my team had to split my kids. I hate doing that to them and the kids, but going to work with the flu – especially when I have a pregnant coworker! – would have been even worse. My main activity Friday – besides sleeping – was working on my Mock Teaching interview for VIPKIDS. I planned to do it Friday, but something about my internet connection didn’t work well. I’m supposed to pick up a cable from my brother to make it a direct line instead of wireless and hope the solves the problem. If it doesn’t, I’m not going to end up with the job, which blows 🙁

Saturday I finally started feeling significantly better, but still took it easy. Did some lesson planning, but mainly just read. I plan to get back to life today. I have gym plans, weekly cleaning, and hopefully my VIPKIDS Mock Teaching interview. Fingers crossed!

Blog News

Well it’s official. I suck. I had duty this week so the days I wasn’t sick, getting an early enough start to find time to visit just didn’t work out. And then being sick, blogging was the furthest thing from my mind. I’ll try again this week!

I don’t have the full month buffer I had before, which stinks. But I’m still in decent shape 🙂

#COYER Winter Switch Update

We’re still in Phase 2 and, as it turns out, the strict is actually harder for me than the list had been. Mainly because I can’t read library books or borrowed books 🙁 But I’ve still managed some decent progress – I’ve read 3 books from the library or borrowed though that don’t count… Books I’ve read during phase 2:

  1. Fleeting Moments by Bella Jewel (audio review book)
  2. This side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (bought for $0.99)
  3. One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost (bought for $0.99)

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to Phase 3 where it won’t matter where I got the books as long as they are audio books!

#FitReaders Update

I can’t believe January is almost over! I feel like January has been a major weight loss battle for me – definitely the plateau month so far. But it’s not over yet and I’m really hoping to get closer to my goal for the month. I don’t expect to hit it – I’m 15 pounds away and there’s only 4 days. But I’d like to get closer. 5 more pounds maybe? I’m eager to take my measurements though and see if that other progress tool I decided to implement starting this month pays off.

I found a new tracking app, specifically designed for people who’ve had gastric bypass and I’m eager to use it. I just found it Saturday, so today will be my first day to see if I like it better than MyFitnessPal which I had been using.

Gym went okay this week in that I went Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday as planned. Wendesday, Thursday, and Saturday I cancelled due to the flu 🙁

Sunday was a great Turbo Kick class – a class that the first time I took it I thought I’d never get good at it. Now I’m in the front row and doing the high impact moves that I never thought I’d be able to handle – jumping jacks and jumping lunges etc. We have these side-to-side jump lunges where you’re supposed to touch the floor. Sunday I ACTUALLY touched the floor each time. Total workout high.

Monday I had a spin class and due to traffic, I made it in 2 minutes late … at a gym that is very strict about being late. To top it off, as I’m quickly throwing on my spin shoes I hear the instructor say that the owner is in the class with us. I was like, “crap! And she sees my late ass coming in.” Oh she saw me alright, because guess who was on the bike right next to me? Yep, the owner. I have to say though, I was proud of myself for shaking it off and riding a pretty killer class.

Tuesday was another killer spin class and I reached a realization. When I started taking these spin classes in September I struggled to get through them… sat down when others were still out of the saddle, didn’t turn the knob when they did, and the rpm was more like a suggestion in my head than a goal. Well as I was riding Tuesday it occurred to me that both today and yesterday I was riding as hard as anyone there. I didn’t sit down before them, I turned that knob with them, I was pushing for the RPMs the instructor said, and while I was pushing hard, it wasn’t above my ability. That, combined with my progress in Turbo Kick kind of made my week. I may not be where I want to be yet, but I’m seeing real progress in my physical ability. And I love pushing myself to breaking point, I’m kind of addicted to that feeling of being one minute away from having pushed so hard you’re crying. Yeah, weird, but also kind of euphoric.

I hope to finish out the January challenge at the gym this week and win a tank top that says “But Did it Kill you?” Very fitting 🙂

Days since surgery:172

Weight lost: 106 lbs (this week – 3.2 lbs)


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

I just finished…

I finished If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell – not her typical lighthearted read and yeah, I loved it! Great narration.

I also finished reading This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost and IMMEDIATELY launched into One Grave at a Time. It took me a while, but I’m finally binge reading this series 🙂

Reading Now…

I JUST finished One Grave at a Time, so I haven’t actually started it, but I’ve downloaded Up From the Grave. I was surprised to realize it’s the last book in the series. I’m sad, because I feel like JUST really fell in love with it and now it’s going to be over!

I’m listening to my #2018HW read for January – Slack: A day in the life of Ford Aston. The plan is to finish it on the 31st so that I can start Taut February 1st and meet the requirements for my February #2018HW read without skipping a beat 🙂

Up Next…

So on audio, it should be Taut: The Ford Book. For my physical read, I’m not too sure. I have book club to read for but I had hoped to listen to A Wrinkle in Time. Maybe I’ll end up starting it as a physical read and doing the whisper sync thing?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

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About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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16 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The Flu

  1. Yikes that is scary. It was one of those things where I got home and realized I probably shouldn’t have driven because I seriously didn’t remember anything about the drive home :/ i didn’t drive again after that – my husband took me to doctor and picked up my meds. But yeah scary.

  2. Please do be careful driving when you’re feeling so bad. I just started my new job. I will be building emails at AAA Ohio. I did a ride along with a tow truck driver. A woman was sent home from work and got to within a block of her house and hit a tree. She totaled her car. Luckily, she was fine, but still very scary and I don’t even know her (never even saw her, her husband came to deal with the tow). Feel better.

  3. Jen

    Hey friend… checking in. How are you doing? I hope you are starting to come around. The flu is no joke this year – so many more people getting it and the deaths! It’s crazy.

    Glad you got to talk to the mom. I know you’ve been struggling with how best to help that particular student. I hope things progress from here.

    I look forward to hearing how the new tracking app works for you. It’s great that it is tailored for peeps who’ve had the surgery. Good luck!

  4. Holy wow! That was quite a week you had. I do hope you’re feeling better and that your mom is recovering well. Congrats on making progress with your autistic student. That’s awesome! It looks like you’ve made great progress in other areas too. I hope that fitness/tracker app works out for you. 🙂
    I can’t believe January is almost over either. I swear my grandpa was right – every year of your life goes faster! Enjoy your week, girlie!! {{{BIG HUGS}}}

  5. I hope you are feeling better. We haven’t been hit with the flu bug yet and I hope it stays that way. It sounds like a really awful strain. I hope this week is better for you.

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  6. I had something similar to the flu two weeks ago. I didn’t have nausea but instead extreme fatigue. I couldn’t stay awake long enough to drive, and I had the same mess with my pharmacy, too. I finally just had to leave and go home to bed and send my mom back for it. It kicked my butt and I’m still not back to normal. I hope you are feeling A LOT better!! Good news that your parent conference was a step for progress for your AU kiddo!

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    • That sounds awful Charlie. Waiting on meds is such a pain – my husband had to go back for mine. I hope you’re feeling almost back to 100 % this week. I’m definitely still tired but otherwise feeling okay. Have a great week!

  7. Oh I am so sorry about the flu. That is awful! I had influenza B last year and was sure I was dying. It was the worst I had ever felt!!! Hopefully this week is better. Good luck with your autistic student. Hopefully the wait time isn’t long before they can get some specialized support.

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  8. Having the flu sounds exhausting, Berls! I’m glad you’re finally feeling better <3 Sending more healing vibes and hugs your way.

    I miss you lots, my friend! I can't wait to see you in July – not long now 🙂 Big hugs.

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    • Thanks Lexxie, I’m feeling much better 🙂 I know, I’m so excited for July!! It’ll be here before we know it {{Hugs}}

    • Lol yes I meant Tamiflu. Honestly I think it made me feel worse. But I’m feeling much better today thanks 🙂 i hope everyone at your house feels better soon!