I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying….

I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying….

It’s been almost 4-hours since my last fix.

I can already start to feel the familiar chill in my bones, yet my palms are clammy and my head is hot to touch.

I have not thought about food for several minutes.  A first.

I feel weak and dizzy as I look up at the clock and wait.

Tick tock, tick tock, tick…

I rest my head back and let my tired eyes close. 

I think I even doze off for a moment, but images of dancing burgers and singing fries bombard my dreams.

A loud cough escapes from my chest and suddenly I am conscious again.

My nose is sore and red from wiping.

Everything aches.

I attempt to stand but the room feels too cold. 

My muscles have finally lost their ability to support my weight and my knees give way beneath me. 

It takes all my energy to pull a blanket over my shoulders and hobble slowly towards the kitchen.

It is time.

It must be time.

Cautiously, I reach out a hand and find what I am looking for.

I hold the tiny sachet in my trembling hands and flick the switch on the kettle.

A small tear and the powder floats out from its wrapper like pretty snow flakes falling on virgin snow.

Within minutes, the warm liquid will be making its way through my body and soothing the pain away.

In another 4-hours, I’ll do this all over again.

Lemsip, I think I love you. 



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  1. March 1, 2013 / 1:27 PM

    Oh God I had that in Jan – you have my sympathies. I resorted to Lemsip tablets though – saved drinking the stuff – and I doubled up with Ibuprofen at the same time – only way I could carry on! Hope you get better soon.

  2. March 2, 2013 / 8:26 AM

    I have just got over a week of the worst flu I’ve had in years–and my husband has had the exact same thing which was weirdly nice because we could sympathise and take care of each other. It’s so miserable. Stay warm, have a hot bath (raise your body temp to kill the virus), and if you can have some manuka hiney/lemon/fresh ginger in a mug of hot water. And of course, good ol’ lemsip!

    Get well soon!!

  3. March 2, 2013 / 6:52 PM

    Should I call Dr. Ranj? Oh dear – you poor poppet – flu sucks – feel better soon! I can’t stand the taste of lemsip! X

  4. March 4, 2013 / 9:22 AM

    There is never enough Lemsip to take care of the flu. Fell better soon… x

    • Grenglish
      March 13, 2013 / 11:16 AM

      thanks lovely x

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