Right after I wrote a blog post on how to survive finals week, I caught the flu and was down and out for the last week.
I’ve never had the flu before, but when I woke up Tuesday morning in extreme pain I knew something wasn’t right. After visiting urgent care with a 101 fever, I was sent home to rest. My mom zoomed up with pupper Harper to help me recuperate in preparation for this week-finals week. Aka, death week.
I didn’t do much the first few days because I was super weak, but when I did get to leave my apartment for some brief field trips on Friday and Saturday this is what I did:
I was lucky that I had an appetite during this sick week. I’m told that the flu often leaves you without it, but I was the exact opposite. Pretty sure I gained five pounds this week.
Mom took me to Pike’s, the cutest old-fashioned soda shop in South End. All I wanted was salty, delicious comfort food. Honey pecan fried chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli casserole did the trick. Side note- Pike’s has AMAZING food, and you can sit right at the counter and order a milkshake. Cute date night idea, eh?
My throat hurt, and after we walked to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams next door. I’m obsessed with Jeni’s- never have I ever had anything so amazing as that “ooey-gooey butter cake”. I had that (obviously) and their seasonal peppermint with white chocolate freckles. Made me feel a heck of a lot better!
My energy levels fluctuated quite a bit during this time, and the next day I feel like I had taken two steps back and completely awful. I practically begged my mom to let me leave my apartment, because I was getting cabin fever and wanted out.
Lang Van field trip was a go.
I felt like I was going to fall asleep in my bowl of pho when I got it, but after eating it I felt darn near cured! It was so good, I went back today with friends! I feel back to normal! Pho has healing powers!
I was also told that my pronunciation of “Pho Chin Nam” was pretty spot on so I am also pumped about that.
Finally on the last day of Flu-mas I rose from the dead (literally) at 6am on the dot and drove to the Carolina Place mall for the Bath and Body works candle sale. All candles are normally $25, but they have a once a year special that for one day only they are 75% off. My mom and aunt stayed up till midnight ordering candles, looking for one in particular that was taken out of commission years ago but brought back. Carolina Place had them, so I was the candle hero and bought nine “French Baguettes”. They smell like fresh baked bread, it’s crazy!
All in all, I bought 22 candles. Mom if you’re reading this, sorry.
Sad but funny side note, I was so weak still that it took me six rest breaks carrying my bags back to my car. They were heavy.
I’ll leave y’all with this- the flu sucks! But I’m back baby!