The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
February 1, 2009

When Life Insists on a Time Out


I came down with the flu a week ago. I tried very hard to keep on blogging, keep up with my job, and arrange for the final Take Back The Filter event to deliver our 611 collected Brita filters to Clorox on Friday. But working through fever and chills is not a good idea. After dropping off the filters to Whole Foods in Oakland on Friday morning, I came home and slept for 24 hours straight. But things are still not right.

I’ve been dealing with tingling, numbness, and weakness all over for several days now, with no sign of abatement. I’ve got another appointment at Kaiser tomorrow (Monday) morning (I saw the doctor this past Wednesday, too) and hopefully we’ll get it sorted out. In the meantime, I’m going to take a break from everything that is not absolutely essential for my survival. I hope I’ll be blogging again very soon. But at this point, I really don’t know.

Oh, speaking of Kaiser, I noticed on Wednesday that the SF Office is using compostable bin liners in their public bathroom waste cans and has signs up on the wall indicating that paper towel waste will be composted. I guess it’s not considered medical waste since it’s a public restroom. What do you think?


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Lisa Sharp
7 years 8 months ago

Feel better soon!!!

Lara S.
7 years 8 months ago

Get well soon Beth! All your readers are sending you our good energies for you to recover ^_^

7 years 8 months ago

Relax and kiss the Kittehs…Purr Therapy works wonders!!!

7 years 8 months ago

Hope you feel MUCH better soon! Take care of yourself now, and the blog will take care of itself later.

7 years 8 months ago

I hope the rest and the break do you a world of good. As a loyal reader, I’ll be here when you are able to post again.

7 years 8 months ago

Hope you feel better!

kale for sale
7 years 8 months ago

It’s a good thing you have cats to take care of you! Be well.

7 years 8 months ago

Oh, Lady! Feel better!

Green Bean
7 years 8 months ago

Feel better, Beth! An empty cup quenches no one’s thirst. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t give to anyone else – including the planet.

Anna (Green Talk)
7 years 8 months ago

Feel better Beth and let us know what the doctor says so we can all help you with a plastic free remedy!

Take care of yourself. The planet needs you.

7 years 8 months ago

Feel better soon.


7 years 8 months ago

Hope you are feeling better soon. I had a horrible case of the flu last winter. I did not get out of bed for a week. Then it took me two to three weeks to get my strength back. Liguid fever reducer/pain relievers can be helpful if it hurts to swallow pills.


7 years 8 months ago

Feel better! Soon!

7 years 8 months ago

Get Well Soon :)

7 years 8 months ago

dear beth,
where is the numbness and tingling? hands, feet, face? GO TO THE DOCTOR! be sure to tell him/her you started with a “flu” virus 7 or so days ago and describe the numbness and tingling. these symptoms are very similar to those when my husband came down with “gbs”, guillain barre syndrome.
take care of yourself!

Crunchy Chicken
7 years 8 months ago

Take care of yourself. At my work we can compost paper towels, but only in the lunchroom. The ones used in the bathroom are considered some sort of biohazard. So, I guess it depends on the company doing the composting?

7 years 8 months ago

Just let your body heal itself. Your blog will still be here. I am hopping you feel better soon. Counting the days until I see a new FPF post on my blogroll!

7 years 8 months ago

Thanks for letting us know and hope you feel better soon. I’ll miss your posts but have all the more respect for you for taking care of yourself.

7 years 8 months ago

I hope you feel better soon. Take it easy!

Fresh and Feisty
7 years 8 months ago

Funny, my cousins and I were just discussing this very subject. Sometimes your body just says, “Okay, now it’s time to take a break.” It’s usually a pretty good idea to listen when it starts to scream take a break! Hope you feel better.

7 years 8 months ago

I’ll bet I’m speaking for everyone who reads FPF when I write that I’m sorry to know you’re so sick and wish I could help you feel better. If there’s any way I can make it happen, let me know.