The Curse of (Fu) Man Flu

I can’t believe my luck!  After Debbie finally managed to shake off her cold I then immediately started my own, but of course dear readers many, many times worse…

I should have known this would happen now, just as James was departing on a Flybe flight last Thursday evening to go and stay with his sister Emma in Glasgow where she’s researching her Masters in Victorian Literature.

This meant that Debbie and I would have ourselves together “home alone” (excluding 2 dogs, 1 hamster, 1 snake & 2 tarantulas) for almost 3 whole days!  I was so ill driving to Cardiff airport, near Barry Island for the second day running, I almost turned back I was finding it so hard to breathe.  In fact I had a shivering fit after parking the Galaxy up in the short term car park & walking James to the terminal.

Somehow we made it back home safely but I’ve pretty much been in and out of bed coughing, spluttering with a sore throat ever since.  Feeling better only really today which, you’ve guessed it, is time to pick James up from Cardiff airport at 10.15pm tonight…

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse Hamish has been to the vet twice over the period having eaten something that didn’t agree with him (I won’t go into too much detail but he did eat sheep’s poo on the way to the summit of the Deri recently) and  needless to say he was prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection and Zantac to settle his stomach.

Now for my part I didn’t go to the GP knowing that I wouldn’t get any sympathy nor prescriptions which happen to be free on the NHS here in Wales, unlike Hamish who cost me about £80 in consultation fees and drugs!  Braving myself towards self medication I opted for a mixture of Halls cherry smoothers, ibuprofen, Lemsip and a number of other over the counter cold remedies.

Alas the canine cost equation didn’t stop with the vet as Hamish’s last “accident” in James’ bedroom the day of his departure to Glasgow didn’t respond too well to the 4 spray canisters of Bissell Oxy Pro Pet Spot and Stain Remover (£10 each) used to try and mask the evidence.  No, we needed something stronger, namely a full fledged carpet cleaner called a Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer – Grey/Red – a snip at £150!


Now to be fair with Amazon Prime delivering this morning, despite it being a Sunday, our carpets throughout the house where “accidents” have occurred now look & smell like new.  So maybe something good has come out of all this illness after all!


The Curse of (Fu) Man Flu

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