Saturday, October 26, 2013

Flu, arse over? and Neck

A week ago struck down by a jab-defying bout of flu, I have refrained from blogging, for fear of communicating the virus to the computer. A week's growth of beard stands as testimony to an impact which kept me from the news desk.  Ensuing hallucinations  were, interestingly,  computer related. When I closed my eyes a screen invariably appeared laden with drab icons. Clicking them resulted in little little action mostly lethargic. Until I realized that the screen was on the inside of my eyelids I began to think that the device needed an engineer. One lasting image: a girl is swimming across a stretch of blue sea. She turns and raises an arm in greeting.

Arse over .... Thanks for your observations. My feeling is that the expression is flexible. Several variations come to mind. I did not invent "arse over elbow". I cannot remember who used it in my presence. But it appeals because of its graphic potential, suggesting a chaotic tangle of limbs.

Although I do not as a rule make a habit of discussing complaints, I should now add that the stiff neck which has features here and elsewhere, returned with a vengeance as I began to recover from the flue. The result: a human lamppost. Rigid neck muscles are now gently relieved by pain killers and anti-inflamatories, add a new and painful dimension to the sick room. Enough.

7 comments:

Lucy said...

Oh poor Joe, get well soon. I hate those fluey dreams, they can make you feel ill by association for ages.

Please don't worry about which body parts go over and about which, it's not very important and I'm sure as you say, all kinds of permutations are possible.

In fact the WV is 'apsfrom 69' which I'm sure lends itself to the imagination...

CC said...

Sorry you've been sick, Joe.
Hoping you are well again ASAP!!

Roderick Robinson said...

I'm relieved by this post. You've always maintained Stakhanovite levels of continuity and a silence lasting over a week was very worrying.

I'm sorry too about your neck. Mine is beginning to improve and so it should - it's cost me £330-worth of osteopathy. I was told at the start of this treatment that there would be "long periods where nothing much happens" and this was the case. Opportunities for me to reflect on the fact that the osteopath drives an Alfa Romeo and I a Skoda. Had the Mitford U-encylopedia been extended to include cars, these two brand names would have spoken volumes.

Lucy's right about the cauchemars. As with wine, they often "have legs", blurring the boundary between sleep and what we laughingly describe as wakefulness.

Tom said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. As for the "arse over" bit, in my latest experience of that phenomenon, it happens so quickly and unexpectedly that to even consider that both leg-ends are involved, is something of a realisation. As to whether it goes "over", "under" or "any which way", who cares? It's the experience that counts.

tristan said...

mebbe you need one of lucy's scarves

Joe Hyam said...

Thanks, all. It's nice to be in touch again.

marja-leena said...

Sorry you've been unwell. After a month long cold myself, I can empathize.At least you've maintained your sense of humour.

(PS if you use RSS to read blogs, you may have to update mine since I've moved to another platform.)