i think all the stress finally got to me, that and diminished appetite and poor sleep. been sick since friday with what appears to be the flu. then, just 'cuz that wasn't bad enough, kitty caught it as well. so we've been a household in survival mode - trying to keep a semblance of regular meals, clean dishes, linens. it's no fun when the whole household is sick. just feeding the pets regularly seems like a monumental task.
being sick is so in-the-moment that i do feel a break from what have been overwhelming feelings of loss. not the way i'd recommend taking a break, but i guess it took what it took.