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Please tell me i'm going to feel better by Monday

(8 Posts)
MrsCrabb Fri 08-Jan-16 12:55:00

I've had a really nasty virus. Went down suddenly on Christmas Day and barely left the bed/sofa for 8 days. Started to feel better by about day 10 and went back to work yesterday.

It was a disaster. I feel OK until I try to actually do anything. I just could not get my brain into gear, even the simplest questions had me mumbling incoherent answers and I couldn't apply myself to even easy routine tasks. I cried blush My boss sent me home and told me not to even try going back until Monday.

I feel like a fraud, I'm not ill any more beyond a bit of a cough and runny nose, but I am still dazed and confused. What's going on and when will I feel better?

MrsCrabb Fri 08-Jan-16 15:05:15

Hopeful bump?

PollyPerky Fri 08-Jan-16 15:23:00

Sorry you have felt rough.

I think you have to accept that viruses can take a while to go- it's been 3 weeks but can take longer.

I had something similar a few months back and felt wiped out for 6 weeks at least. Pottering around at home was ok but the minute I started anything like screen work for work, I got pains behind my eyes and felt exhausted.

Just rest up and meanwhile eat healthily and get as much sleep as you can.

aseaandthreestars Fri 08-Jan-16 15:51:33

I've got it too if what you have is very up and down mild flu. I think I'm about a week ahead of you - the bad news is I still feel awful, I'm better than I was a week ago, but this is going to be a bit of a long road. It might be best if you don't put a date on when you expect to be better, but just try and accept that you're ill, it's an unpleasant virus and it's going to take a while to clear up.

You're really not a fraud. I know that my lungs are perfectly clear and don't have any infection, but I'm so knackered I keep finding it really tiring to breathe, so there's nothing more than a tiny, tiny bit of a runny nose and cough, but there's loads of just feeling ill.

Will you be able to have a resting weekend?

MrsCrabb Fri 08-Jan-16 16:00:48

That's exactly it stars. I think I feel better, do a bit and get set back a couple of days.

It's scary. Physically I'm well enough to be at work but mentally

MrsCrabb Fri 08-Jan-16 16:02:15

....I'm clearly not. Can't take any more time off though and don't think I'd present as "ill" if I asked doc for a certificate.

PollyPerky Fri 08-Jan-16 16:27:55

Could you work reduced hours? If you don't rest, you will take longer to recover.

aseaandthreestars Fri 08-Jan-16 16:41:53

It's a bit grim, isn't it? I think the only thing to do is rest, then when you feel better, rest some more. Feeling a little bit better and trying to get back to normal speed will drag you back down again. I think we've been so poorly that when we feel marginally better we think we're actually better as we're comparing it with 'ill' - if that makes any sense at all.

I think you would present as too ill to work. You're clearly describing a mild flu-like winter virus and you need to rest if you're going to recover.

<reads up> What Polly said.

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