Went to bed last night feeling 'not right' (slight headache) Woke this morning to bed headache, body feels cold but head feels hot, stuffed sinuses, sore throat and my neck feels tender plus I am coughing for England. Went to strip the bed as it's bed changing day but by the end I had to have a rest as I felt out of breath and a little sick As for the unpleasant surprise, when I went to sort out the washing there among my dirty clothing was the biggest spider I have ever seen, I am ashamed to have to admit that I dropped the lot on the floor screaming (as much as my throat would allow) and got out the room fast, I then found a cup and luckily the spider was still by the clothing so I was able to catch it and put it outside. The spider was so big you could see hairs on its legs!! *shudders* I am wrapped up in pj's and a dressing gown and I am not going anywhere today, though I do feel bad about not going to visit animallover in hospital, still I have to remind myself that she will probably hate me more for giving her a cold. By the way, question for you: would just washing my hands properly and then not physically touching the gerbil food be enough to prevent the gerbils from catching my cold? I live alone so can not ask someone else to feed them, plus I am looking after AL's little gerbil family as well, don't want to risk making anyone ill.