Not feeling at all well, and I’ve got no reserves for anything outside of doing my job. Go browse around those other blogs on FtB, ’cause I’m about to crawl into work and exhaust myself with labs and lecture, and then I’m going to crawl home again and curl up in a small ball of misery.

Don’t worry, I’m not stupid, and have made an appointment to see a doctor tomorrow.


  1. petemoulton says

    I hope you’re feeling better just as soon as may be, PZ. Meanwhile, we’re all adults here. I think we can survive whatever absence you require to get back to your curmudgeonly self.

  2. Markita Lynda—threadrupt says

    I hope you feel better soon, PZ! Perhaps this is just one of those subclinical blahs that we get when a previously defeated virus brushes up against our immune system. It’s wise to rest. We will amuse ourselves.

  3. Athywren; Kitty Wrangler says

    Nooo! Who will tell me what to think?!
    Get well soon, and try not to drip on anything valuable.

  4. Al Dente says

    PZ is going to visit some client of Big Pharma who’ll pump him full of drugs. What PZ really needs to do is see a naturopathic chiropractor to get his feng shui properly aligned. A session or two with a homeopathic acupuncture therapist will get him read to face another Minnesota winter. Right now PZ’s life force energy flow is poor but reiki treatment will fix that.

  5. nomadiq says

    I think I can remote diagnose this. It sounds like Ebola. There are three reasons you have Ebola. 1) You are godless like the rest of the Muslims ‘over there’. 2) Every illness is Ebola. 3) Obama.

    Turning off snark…. now.

  6. Nick Gotts says

    Here’s to a speedy recovery, PZ – but I am worried, because I don’t think you should be going to work.

  7. says

    I shouldn’t be at work, but I have so much to do–young brains must be filled with KNOWLEDGE!

    Also, labs are working with a carcinogen, so I must be here to supervise and make sure no one squirts their fellow students, or decide to see how it tastes.

    Also, I have my hand on the EJECT handle, if I get worse I’ll bail out and cancel this afternoon’s class.

  8. magistramarla says

    One of those students probably sneezed on their paper before turning it in and gave you the creeping crud.
    Get checked out by the doc and then rest this weekend.

  9. Raucous Indignation says

    Isn’t it fabulous to be on the wrong side of 50? Heading downhill and picking up speed! Wheee-heee!

  10. vereverum says

    Get well soon!
    Going to work is good therapy; if’n you stay home, you’re the only one that’s miserable.

  11. says

    I hope you’re feeling better soon, PZ. I picked up a cold a couple of days ago, and am feeling miserable and mean, so I’m going to curl up with Lee Battersby and The Corpse-Rat King.

  12. says

    There are some other specific symptoms that suggest a specific problem, but I’m not going to discuss them here lest Eliza Sutton decides to announce that I’ve got syphilis from fucking monkeys.

  13. says

    Iyeska @24:
    I was just thinking of you. Hope you feel better soon.

    Get thee better as well.
    Oh, and I’m sure Skeptickle learned her lesson the last time and would never do such a thing again.
    Oh dear, did I just connect Skeptickle to Eliza Sutton?

  14. says


    Iyeska @24:
    I was just thinking of you. Hope you feel better soon.

    Thanks, Tony. Hopefully, I’ll be in functional space soon.

  15. nmcc says

    “…here lest Eliza Sutton decides to announce that I’ve got syphilis from fucking monkeys.”

    What! You’ve been fucking monkeys! I think that’s disgraceful. Serves you right if you do get syphilis.

  16. says

    I give up. Barely made it through lab this morning (no carcinogen spills, yay!), but I don’t think I can give a lecture. Goin’ home. Tea. Blankets. Nap.

  17. Maureen Brian says

    Good thinking, PZ. Just get yourself well to face another Minnesota winter.

    Best wishes.

  18. says

    *hugs*. Nice to see you, as it were, and hope you feel better soon.

    For my part, the post-nasal drip from the cold has aggravated my ulcer to the point that I haven’t held down food in 2-3 days now. Being out of my prescription (can’t afford it since my school insurance has lapsed), and my greener medication doesn’t help.

  19. blf says

    Poopyhead consorts with pooflingers. And is known to eat peas.

    I suggest a vigorous session of sleeping, followed by a nap. Then go to bed and see a doctor in the morning.

  20. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    PZ, take care.
    I’m glad you decided to schedule an appointment at the doctor’s office instead of stupidly toughing it out, like some people I know and care about.

  21. says


    I haven’t held down food in 2-3 days

    Your pancreas will be prone to being all kinds of pissy about that – try milkshakes or plain crackers, anything to stave off a bad response. Hope you’re better very soon.

  22. moarscienceplz says

    Pfftt! This is an obvious ploy by PZ to gain unwarranted sympathy and to try to convince us that atheist biology professors are actually people.

    *whisper* Get well soon PZ.

  23. Jason Beavers says

    1. I find it ironic that when I clicked on the link to comment, a Christian dating ad came up.

    2. Do you think Ben Stein made you look good or bad in his Expelled video?

  24. Dark Jaguar says

    Wait so… people are supposed to go to the doctor at the slightest hint of being so sick they need to stay home?

    Wait… people should stay home if they don’t feel good?

    That’s not how I was raised.

  25. Lofty says

    Go home PZ and apply a Demonic Cat poultice to the chest area. Or is that Laser Eye Therapy? Anyway, get better soon, the world neeeds you.
    And best wishes to all the other sick creatures here too.

  26. Usernames! ☞ ♭ says

    It sounds like Ebola. … 2) Every illness is Ebola.
    — nomadiq (#8)

    FINALLY, someone who subscribes to the same newsletter as me!!!

    EEEEEE BBBBB   OOOO  LL      AAAA   !!
    EE     BB  BB OO  OO LL     AA  AA !!!!
    EEEE   BBBBB  OO  OO LL     AAAAAA  !!
    EE     BB  BB OO  OO LL     AA  AA

    I give up. …. Goin’ home. Tea. Blankets. Nap.
    — PZ (#29)

    I knew it!!!! Now all your students have… EBOLA!

  27. ChasCPeterson says

    I’m glad you decided to schedule an appointment at the doctor’s office instead of stupidly toughing it out

    bah. Nine times out of ten it’s a virus, and the wisest, most empathetic and exemplary Physician on the planet can’t do shit about that except tea, blankets, nap.

  28. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says


    PZ’s comment #25 indicated that there was something more going on, but maybe I took the situation too seriously.

  29. Sili says

    Remember to cough ebola on all the locals and the cemetery on your way home. It’s Christian to share.

  30. numerobis says

    Uh oh. I hope my posts the last few days didn’t have a virus in them that PZ got. Syphillis! Ebola! This sounds serious.

    I spent last weekend and Monday in bed with tea and blankets and kitties.

    I spent Tuesday recovering, but I thought I was well enough to do a few hours of work at home and have a meeting in the evening.

    Dumb move. I spent Wednesday in bed.

    Today I am finally actually pretty OK, just exhausted from all that time spent in bed.

  31. frankb says

    Come Come, Who would leave West Africa to go to Morris MN? And I doubt that anyone in Morris is doing research on non-human primates. So that leaves…a virus from too many people voting republican. That virus is making me feel down too. Get well PZ.

  32. lorn says

    I don’t know about things up there but down here there is a bug going around that has people feeling drained for a day or two. My case came with a light cough and some ghastly crap coming up. I slept it off in two marathon 12 hours sleep sessions and lashings of herbal tea.

    Sleep is your friend, 16 hours at a shot is not too long.

  33. catlover says

    Get well, soon, Your Tentacleness! I am glad you are going to see the doctor. I think “Tea. Blankets. Nap” is a very good idea.

    And don’t worry about us — we somehow will be able to manage — for about 3.79367 nanoseconds without your Words of Wisdom.. (Just kidding!)

    To all others who are feeling awful, too — Please get well, soon too. We need all of us Great Spaghetti Monster acolytes to Fight The Good Fight — especially these days.

  34. johnhodges says

    Just yesterday I got the urge to watch CONTAGION again. A well-done depiction of what a re-run of the 1918 Flu epidemic might be like.

  35. PDX_Greg says

    Just heard from my away-at-college son that he is ill as well; must be a higher education thing going around, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s not related to my malady. I’m suffering a case of nausea that is almost unbearable but no doctor can help me, unless doctors can prescribe different nationwide election results (or even better: a less misinformed electorate).

  36. throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble says

    bcwebb @52

    Maybe this will make you feel better:

    OK, no. Actually, I didn’t like that display by her. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it is just so reactionary and thoughtlessly aggressive. Granted, his use of a megaphone is aggressive as well in its own way and he should no better… I’m just not OK with this…. Maybe because it’s being used as a “Look how angry atheists are.” *shrug*

  37. Great American Satan says

    u got a fresh posse, they got a bunch of dudes
    they all cold cryin bout the social justice blues

  38. boadinum says

    It was the election results, wasn’t it. That would make anyone sick.

    I pray hope you feel better after tea and blankets and rest.

  39. gijoel says

    @62 The girl, or the guy?

    The guy I found obnoxious, I really wanted to take the girl away, and say, “Sweetie don’t argue with crazy people.”

  40. Athywren; Kitty Wrangler says

    @62 The girl, or the guy?

    If we’re only allowed to vote for one, I vote the guy. He may have the right to speak in public, but spouting that crap down a megaphone is just crass. Her behaviour is also pretty bad, not to mention useless because she won’t be heard over the megaphone at any real distance, but, well, speaking as a person who gets headaches, I can think of a great many reasons why she might be reacting that way to unreal nonsense reverberating in her ears at a significant volume that aren’t just ‘intolerant atheist kid.’

    Also, I think I caught whatever PZ has… I read this post yesterday, went to bed over night (as ya do) and woke up all sick and gooey. It’s Typhoid Mary all over again!

  41. Ichthyic says

    Eliza Sutton decides to announce that I’ve got syphilis from fucking monkeys.

    somehow, in the near future, you WILL get quotemined on that.