I’m sorry, guys. I am really under the weather – have been ever since Saturday. I’d describe it more detail, but that would really be TMI of the not-amusing sort. It’s a flu-ish thing, I guess. I promise to be back just as soon as I’m feeling better. If anyone has a fun topic to dish about, please go ahead and post in the comments and talk amongst yourselves!

11 comments to “Sick, sick, sick”

  1. Lindsey
    · February 12th, 2008 at 9:03 am · Link

    I was totally expecting today to be TMI: Vomit or something, but probably just as well that it’s not. 🙂 (Though I like in romances when heroes care for sick heroines & vice-versa – hope Mr. D is taking good care of you!)

    Feel better!

  2. Alice Audrey
    · February 12th, 2008 at 9:17 am · Link

    So let’s talk about disease. Since this is TMI Tuesday, it would have to include VD. Am I the only one who thinks of it when reading about a man slut in an Historical? I have a real problem with a hero who get around too much, particularly if he can’t come up with protection. And no, I don’t buy the sheepskin thing.

  3. CM
    · February 12th, 2008 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Tessa, hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Alice, as for the historical disease problem…. well, I have to say that honestly, most historicals are pretty sketchy on disease generally, not just VD. Nobody ever catches TB. Or cholera. Nobody ever gets a nasty case of intestinal parasites. Or, for that matter, external ones.

    I always laugh when the heroine or hero tends someone’s wounds and shows she is way ahead of her time by washing her hands–because OMG, what do you think was in that Regency-era water? Hint: it wasn’t chlorine.

    I’m perfectly fine with historicals that leave out disease–all kinds of yucky diseases.

  4. Maggie Robinson
    · February 12th, 2008 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Jennifer Donnelly’s The Winter Rose has some ghastly medical stuff. It was set in London in 1900. A grim reminder that we are lucky to live today. Tessa, hope you are feeling much, much better.

    And my ver is mxfat—mixed fat? Max fat? Either way, I’m starting a diet tomorrow.

  5. terrio
    · February 12th, 2008 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Sending get well vibes to the west.

    Joanna Bourne had a good comment on Romance Bandits blog today that sort of addresses this. She said every writer is selective about how much reality they include in their story no matter the time. I’m paraphrasing obviously but it sort of means even in contemps, we pick and choose what to include of reality. I rarely read a contemp character who watches television but we all know most people have televisions in their homes.

    By not including it in the story doesn’t necessarily mean it didn’t happen. Just didn’t need to be included to tell the love story.

  6. CDC
    · February 12th, 2008 at 7:28 pm · Link

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve come down with the flu! As a reminder to your readers, vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself and people you love from influenza. If you come down with the flu, there are still things you can do such as taking antiviral drugs if your doctor says you need them. To protect others from the flu, take preventive actions including frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes. For more information from CDC on influenza and how to protect against it or keep from spreading it, visit CDC’s http://www.myFluNews.com

  7. Santa
    · February 12th, 2008 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I was going to ask if there was a doctor in the house but I guess we already have one!

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been sick. 3/5 of our household is under the weather. Sorry, Little Man is doing fractions in school so nothing is safe, lol.

    One of the books in the Wallflower (I think it was ‘Devil In Winter’) used a host of ‘home remedies’ of the day to deal with St. Vincent’s gunshot wound. And yes, I do believe they washed their hands.

    My father had taken ill the year ‘ER’ premiered. We’d come home from the hospital and watch ‘ER’ and I found myself being able to name the procedure or medicine they were about to use because of what my father went through. Talk about TMI! And I kept on watching! George Clooney, bless his heart, got us through alot!

  8. Lenora Bell
    · February 12th, 2008 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Thanks for sparing us the icky details. Feel better soon!!

  9. MsHellion
    · February 13th, 2008 at 8:37 am · Link

    GET WELL SOON! (Seriously I can send you some Dayquil…)

  10. Elyssa Papa
    · February 13th, 2008 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Yuck. I know how it feels to be sick and not able to do or want to do anything. I hope you’re getting better and just resting.

  11. Tessa Dare
    · February 15th, 2008 at 10:20 am · Link

    Thanks to everyone who left get-well wishes! LOL at the CDC spam. I am on the mend now.