Hello, this is Simon.
Last month I caught the lurgy, but I may have actually unknowingly caught the flu.
It started with me catching a cold early on in February. It was only mild, and seemed to be in the mend, until I went out with some friends one night. I woke up the next morning with a very raspy throat which continued on for about three weeks. I felt like the cold had finished, and the sore throat was just a lingering effect. I think it was prolonged by my busy schedule with large classes of kids at that time.
Just as my throat finally seemed to have cleared, I woke up one morning and my eyes were filled with sleep. They were completely gummed up so that my eyelashes were glued together, and I couldn’t open my eyes. I rinsed them with warm water and the sleep finally dissolved. I was relieved, but when I looked in the mirror, I could see that my eyes were all bloodshot.
For two days my eyes stayed red and I was also very lethargic. My body felt like it was made of lead. My sore throat was gone, but it seemed to have moved on to my chest. I had a persistent cough and was also coughing up phlegm.
Fortunately, it only lasted for two days. However, just as I was starting to feel fine again, my daughter came down with the flu. She was diagnosed with Type A influenza, which we had all been vaccinated for. Fortunately, her symptoms were very mild. We took precautions not to catch it from her (which luckily no one did), and within a week we were all in the clear.
I couldn’t help but wonder though, did she catch the flu from outside, or did she catch it from me? Did I actually have a very mild form of the flu and pass it on to her? I guess I’ll never know.
Since I showed a variety of symptoms with this latest bout of illness. I thought it would be a good chance to introduce some new related words to you.
“my eyes were filled with sleep”
“my eyelashes were glued together”
“my eyes were all bloodshot”
“moved on to my chest”
“coughing up phlegm”
To “cough up” something means to cough and cause it to come up from your chest and into your mouth by coughing. “Phlegm” is a green or yellow substance that is formed in your nose or sinuses. In Japanese, it is called 「痰」.
It’s cherry blossom season! I hope you all are enjoying this lovely spring weather.
See you next month!
Hello! My name is Simon.
I am from New Zealand, and have been living and teaching English in Japan since 1999.
My hobbies include movies, playing the guitar, gardening and hiking.