This past weekend, during the ARRL DX CW contest, my wife spent the better part of Friday evening, and both Saturday and Sunday sick in bed with an upper respiratory infection. And while that pretty much gave me the freedom to operate as much as I wanted, in the back of my mind I had that nagging suspicion that you get whenever you're around a sick person.
So, it came without surprise that I started to feel crummy Monday evening. By Tuesday morning I'd blown off work and decided to stay in bed. When my wife had gone to the doctor on Monday, she'd tested negative for the flu, so I figured a day or two, tops, and I'd be back in order.
Thursday morning I begged her to drive me to the doctor. And believe me, when I ask my wife to drive, I'm really sick.
Now get this, I tested positive for the flu. So to be safe, we're both taking Tamiflu. Let me say this, I'm kind of skeptical when it comes to flu prevention. When I was in the Air Force I was forced to take a yearly flu shot. What happened? Every year, I got the flu. When I got out, I quit taking the vaccinations...no flu...that is, until now. Not a bad run for nearly 18 years.
I'm sold on Tamiflu, however. Less than 24 hours later and I feel 100% better.
But, ultimately, by being sick, I've have 4 days off from work with no disturbances and I've not even felt good enough to turn on the radio, not even once. Let's hope that changes by the end of today. My shack is downstairs in the corner of two unfinished rooms, directly by a window. Concrete floor. It's cold, and not the best place for someone with the flu, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, right?