The strangest thing happened to me last night. I've had the EI flu ("everything involved," a.k.a. the FFH—you can figure that one out), my second bout of flu in two weeks. I was sitting here innocently at my computer moderating comments when I had a coughing fit so severe that I passed out! But when I came to, slumped down on my knees with a roaring in my ears and a most bizarre lightheaded feeling, I didn't remember the coughing fit that had instigated the event. So, to my mind, I was working at the computer feeling not too bad one moment, and the next I was waking up feeling woolly and detached, with no clue what had happened in the interim.
I walked around the house saying (out loud, to the dog), "what the hell was that?" My best guess at first was that I had had some sort of mini-seizure. Or maybe I'd been whisked away for a few moments by aliens*. After five or ten minutes of walking around the house, the memory of the coughing fit came flooding back to me—not being able to relax, not being able to draw breath, the tunnel vision closing in—and I realized what had happened. It's no wonder some people believe in "memory erasure." It was just that strange.
Moral: moderating comments for T.O.P. is not always as easy as you might think!
Just kidding. But while we're on the subject, I must say that I'm enormously impressed by, and grateful for, all your thoughtful comments to yesterday's post. They add so much to the site and to my own education, and they keep things interesting for me. I feel like I have a lot of friends around the world—I just wish I knew more of you in person!
*Who quickly returned me lest they catch the flu.
Featured Comment by David Emerick: "See a doctor Mike! If you go missing, I'll know where to look! Seriously, rest, fluids, doctor. Hope you feel better soon.
Mike replies: Thanks to everyone for the good wishes. I'm feeling better today (Monday). At least the act of coughing is no longer a stark test of manhood. My ribs are so sore that one cough feels like being kicked by a mule. Note to self: flu shot next year, for better or worse.