Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Never Again

Never again will I use the word "suffering" without a great deal of reverence.  I have had cause over the last 36 hours to regret what I wrote on Monday night.

I woke yesterday morning to a sudden urge to vomit.  And then I did that for several hours.  Then the fever came upon me.  For someone whose normal temperature doesn't even get to 98º, a temperature of 101º is high and very unpleasant.  Then the racking pains.  I could barely turn over in my bed.  Which I left for only a few hours yesterday and only then to go to the sofa and wait for a friend to bring me Gatorade.

I am now actually upright.  I still didn't go to work today.  I still haven't eaten.  I feel like I am 100 years old.  And I don't much like it.

In another hour my friend is coming over to put in a new toilet for me.  She has timed this to coincide with the delivery of my new refrigerator.  So she can make sure they do everything right.  Oh, I am so grateful for her friendship and her home repair talents!  Yesterday she walked into my house and said "Oh, your house is so pretty!"  And I thanked her.  Not so much for the compliment, but for her role in making my house so pretty.  She put the bamboo floors in a few years ago.  She painted the living room. She found me a new dishwasher and stove last year at bargain basement rates, and now a fridge for about half price (still pretty pricey though!) which will be installed today.

I hope I can remain upright for all of this activity, but I may very well have to go back to bed.

I am so grateful for the blessing of my normally good health.  Also grateful that I am motivated to do a lot towards keeping it that way.  This little illness has hit me like a ton of bricks.  Very scary.


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  2. Sorry--that last one was full of typos, I am headed to the couch myself right now.

    So sorry to hear you are going through this! I just broke down and went to the doc myself today, after three weeks of hoping I would just get better on my own. But nothing like what you have! Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you can soon tolerate tea and other liquids, at least!

  3. I remembered your intention at Mass tonight. Hope you feel better soon.

  4. Seems like flu bugs are going around. My wife has been sick the last few days too. Feel better Mary-C. Get rest and drink fluids. Well, you're a nurse, you know. ;)

  5. I hope you feel better tomorrow! Everybody is sick at our office too. My temperature runs like yours, never reaches 98. Do you remember being a kid and the school nurse never believed you were sick but you really were?

  6. Kathy, that's so funny! It's true. If my temp is ever 98.6º, I know I am sick!

    And thanks for the well-wishes everyone. I am feeling much better now.