The writer is…sick

Posted: December 28th, 2012 under Life beyond writing.

The nasty virus got me Christmas afternoon and has been creating a ruckus in my throat, head, and lungs since.   My throat feels parboiled, my voice is gone, my head’s been aching savagely, there’s been moderate fever and very little actual sleep because something hurts or I wake up coughing ten minutes after I doze off.

The ability to complain suggests I’m getting better.   But I’m not ending the contest until I’m well enough to enjoy all the entries (haven’t looked, last few days.)


  • Comment by ellen — December 28, 2012 @ 8:40 pm


    Get well soon!

  • Comment by kristen — December 28, 2012 @ 8:51 pm


    Oh, that awful virus kept lots of kids out at my son’s school last week. Hope you feel better soon. Drink lots of hot beverages and rest as much as you can.

  • Comment by Kerry aka Trouble — December 28, 2012 @ 8:58 pm


    Wishing you lots of “Get well soon”

  • Comment by KarenH — December 28, 2012 @ 10:30 pm


    Get well soon.

  • Comment by Naomi — December 29, 2012 @ 5:06 am


    get well soon, have lots of chicken soup and if you can face it a curry (that’ll anaethetise the throat ache!)…

  • Comment by Sharidann — December 29, 2012 @ 7:39 am


    Get well soon!

    What you describe reminds me of myself at the beginning of december. 🙁

  • Comment by Jenn — December 29, 2012 @ 9:26 am


    Get to bed dear and I second Naomi on the curry. A nice Vietnamese curry chicken soup will kill anything living in your throat. Did for me when I had strep.

  • Comment by Annabel — December 29, 2012 @ 11:36 am


    Poor you! Get well soon. I have a husband with man flu right now, which is No Fun At All.

  • Comment by Susan — December 29, 2012 @ 1:25 pm


    Oh, that’s awful to get hit with anytime, but especially at Christmas! Hope you get feeling better, and your voice comes back soon! Last time I had that, my daughters recommended hot tea, chicken soup, and duct tape for my mouth. LOL

  • Comment by Genko — December 29, 2012 @ 5:16 pm


    Almost everyone I know (including me) has managed to get some sort of bug. At least mine was confined to my head — which was miserable, fever, etc. — and never went to my throat and chest (knocking on wood here). The good thing about these viruses is that they do eventually pass. Sorry you are having to deal with this, and hope you are better soon.

  • Comment by Beth Barany — December 29, 2012 @ 7:19 pm


    Hope you’ll feel better soon. Fresh ginger grated, with near boiling water, can do wonders for a sore throat…

    Loved your first three Paksenarrion books that I just finished. I was SO happy to see you had more. I look forward to them.

  • Comment by Richard — December 30, 2012 @ 3:04 am


    Duct tape? (#9). My mind is boggling – especially at how to drink tea and soup through it.

  • Comment by pjm — December 30, 2012 @ 4:51 am


    It sounds unpleasant, but I hope it soon runs its course and you are feeling much more like your normal self.

  • Comment by Rolv — December 30, 2012 @ 6:43 am


    Get a well deserved rest, and get well soon!

  • Comment by Gareth — December 30, 2012 @ 12:58 pm


    Rest and get well soon. Lie back and let the plot daemon work away in the background.

  • Comment by Wickersham's Conscience — December 30, 2012 @ 4:21 pm


    Lots of fluids. Lots of rest. Get well soon.

  • Comment by Susan — December 30, 2012 @ 5:28 pm


    Richard, I asked them the same question! The point was, they wanted me to stop talking and let my voice heal. (so hard!)

  • Comment by Richard — December 31, 2012 @ 6:50 am


    I’d prefer to wash the back of the throat with a single sip of whisky. The problem with that is that the worse the other symptoms (especially headache), the less often one dare repeat the dose.

    Here’s wishing Elizabeth – and family too – a healthy 2013.

  • Comment by John mcCallum — December 31, 2012 @ 3:58 pm


    hot honey and lemon juice will help with the sore throat and plenty of bed rest.I know New Year is comming up so the other remedey of a hot toddy might suffice.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — December 31, 2012 @ 5:18 pm


    Oh, my!

    I pray it’s not the five-week variety that has gone around this part of the country. I’ve counted at least five different strains based on the symptoms people have been giving. Hopefully it’s not so bad as to knock you off schedule a real long ways. Just when you’d gotten back to five.

    Can someone find a paladin to send our author’s way please?

  • Comment by Karen — January 1, 2013 @ 11:19 am


    Hoping (and praying) you will not only have good health again soon so that the New Year may be joyous, but also making a sort of prediction: everything I have ever read about the immune system says that the current thought gives the benefit of longevity in illness to those who have more muscle mass.

    Yes, I’ve begun to hope that, by maintaining strength (and improving it as you’ve done with your bike), we can increase the chances that our bodies will fight off Alien Invaders (and domestic ones, in the form of flu etc.) with the greatest alacrity possible.

    In other words, my prayers will be that your increased mobility in the past year will pay dividends as we move into the future!

    (And we still needs a few new books to feed our own hunger, LOL).

  • Comment by Jenn — January 1, 2013 @ 6:06 pm


    Happy and –ahem– healthy New Year to you Elizabeth and all of the paksworld family.

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