Signs that your cause in a satellite tournament is hopeless:
You lose a ton of chips playing raised pots with AK unimproved to J3s and Q7 in blind vs. blind situations;
The one time your AK makes the nut straight (on the turn), you can't get any action from a worse hand that hit the flop hard;
You can't get a one-pair hand to fold to a large check-raise and neither your nut flush draw nor your overcard hits;
All three of your blind steals over the course of three hours are snapped off;
The best player at the table doubles up early.
Ah well. Sooner or later I'll recover from this blasted flu bug and hopefully my decision-making at the tables will likewise improve.