Lower back ache: check.
Sore throat: check.
Roommate: also sick.
Environment: clean, hospitable.
Girlfriend: brought me 7-Up last night.
Roommate: also sick, but nice.
Diagnosis: common flu.
Prognosis & outlook: With luck and TLC, I will be through this in a few days.
Father’s voice in my head: Ya shoulda got the flu shot, Joe.