Dad has the flu

Well, phooey. Mom and Dad were scheduled to come visit on Friday. My birthday is the 8th, Mom’s is the 11th and she is attaining a Significant Number this year. We were going to do a joint celebration. I had all sorts of things planned.

But, he is ill — as in influenza and in bed — and so they’ve canceled their flight. The doctor has him on strong antibiotics and he’s wearing a mask so he doesn’t infect Mom.

Since Dad’s a regular reader, would you all mind leaving him some well-wishes here?

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24 Responses

  1. James A. Owen

    Hey Dad –

    Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. I’ve been down a bit myself with a low-grade flu. Stay down to rest, drink lots of fluids, and take your meds. And I’m sure you’ll be off to visit Mary sooner than you think!

    Love to mom –


  2. Aimee

    Chicken soup, dad! (Strain it through the mask if you must…) 🙂 My favorite hot drink when I’m sick is chicken broth with a splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of hot red pepper.

    And feel better soon!!

  3. -e-

    From one single letter monikered fan of Mary’s to another, best wishes for a speedy and thorough recovery -d-

    mom h, congratulations on so gracefully attaining 40;)

    Mary, I trust you will enjoy the day, even without the fine company of your parents, and even without the pleasures of cauliflower.

    love to all,

  4. Chang

    PLease get better soon, and know that your daughter rates an 11 out of 10 on the awesome scale. Since you’re part of the team that brought her forth, that makes you rate either a 5.5 or 22 depending on how you look at it. My vote is 22. But this doesn’t mean Mary is less awesome, just to say that –

    Oh, heck, get better, sir.

  5. momk

    Being ill is not allowed for birthday celebrations.
    we are praying for your immediately restored health
    to go along with those New York balloons and cake!

  6. Julia

    Hi Mary’s dad! Sorry to hear about the flu, I was hit with it myself back in December and slept for about two weeks straight. Stay in bed, do NOT attempt the stairs or driving, and catch up on your TV watching! With luck you should be on your feet soon…provided you stay in bed (warnings I did not heed, by the by). If Internet wishes could send health, I’d send a thousand so you’d be better instantly.

  7. Todd

    Mr. Murphy does like to flaunt his Law at the most inopportune moments, doesn’t he? Still, the best way to even the score that I’ve found is to get past the gone-wrong stage and do what you originally intended anyway but with even greater gusto and joy. Thus, the forthcoming birthday celebration should be well on its way to epic proportions. And while you’re at it, throw in an especially wet-sounding Bronx cheer for that Murphy guy.

    Feel better soon.

  8. -d-

    In one of your comment on the trouble with “Madge” you said “…my rule of thumb for blogging illness/injury is: Is it funny?” Well I can tell you that this is definitely not funny.
    It was not a strong antibiotic that the doctor prescribed, but an antiviral that is specific to the flu virus. He also prescribed a strong pain killer for which I am grateful.
    Thank you all for your good wishes.

  9. Fabulous Girl

    I do hope you feel better soon, and am confident that you are in good hands at home. So sorry you won’t be here next week, was very much looking forward to seeing you both again.

  10. Alethea

    Get well soon, Mr. H — and I wish Very Happy Birthdays to all your Fabulous February Femmes.
    I look forward to hearing more of your stories (and perhaps another ax solo?) when I visit in June!
    Big big non-contagious hugs–
    xoxox Alethea

  11. -d-

    Thanks again for all of the good wishes. I have recovered and only a mild cough remains and a cough suppresent takes care of that. Tamiflu, which is mentioned in the artical in Mary’s comment, is the antiviral that was prescribed for me. The strain that I had must have not been resistent since I recovered.