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Sick at the Holidays…

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Folks, I have meant to write a blog or at least drop in a little bit of something for the past week-plus. But I have been quite ill.

I’ve been to the doctor twice and a third visit is in the offing. All I know is, I have had two ear infections (one in both ears, or a double ear infection), a bad sinus infection, an upper respiratory infection, and all of this happened more or less at the same time. As I have asthma, too, and other health issues already, none of this has helped me feel productive or like I have a place in the world.

Being ill is hard enough, but being sick at the holidays is even worse. I don’t know why that is, but it seems to add insult to injury somehow…and adds a bunch of stress to an already stressful situation.

I have so much stuff to do. Stuff to write. Stuff to edit. Stuff to read, even…and I can do none of it right now. I can’t even help my family members when they need help, as I usually do. Because I can’t get out to do anything for them right now. And that adds to my feelings of stress, not to mention that “do I have a place in the world?” thing I discussed above.

All I know is, I have to somehow heal up. That means another trip to the doctor, to figure out what happened this time, and how to fix it. Maybe I didn’t respond to the last bit of antibiotics? Maybe I caught something else on top of all the other stuff? Maybe something else is going on and I haven’t a clue what?

This is what’s running through my mind, as I write this.

So, folks: Don’t get this, whatever it is. And if you do somehow get something like it, get your rest as fast as you can, and don’t insist — as I unfortunately did — on trying to do any of your normal activities. As bad as it is to feel useless, it’s even worse to feel useless and sick…so pick the best of your available bad options, and rest/heal as best you can.

Oh, and try to laugh, too. That does help.

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 31, 2018 at 1:46 am

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  1. Wishing you a swift recovery. I was down with it, too. 😦 I hope you get the rest you need. Know that you are one of the few blogs I actually read among the dozens I subscribe to. Be assured that you are very important to the world and your thoughts and words are something I look forward to reading…except when I discover you are not well.
    I wish you {{hugs}} and wellness and blessings on you this holiday season.
    May you have a happy New Year.

    L R Davis

    December 31, 2018 at 2:31 am

    • Thank you, LR. I appreciate your kind words and thoughts. I do have story ideas; I just am so low on energy right now, I can’t do much with them. Still, one hopes that I will find either proper medical treatment or get better despite it…(that last is a small joke, mind). Bless you for caring.

      Barb Caffrey

      December 31, 2018 at 6:15 am

    • I am glad you are doing better, LR. I meant to say that before.

      *hugs* and thanks again. Blessings to you also.

      Barb Caffrey

      December 31, 2018 at 6:16 am

  2. So sorry to read this Barb.
    I hope your health returns soon. This is the most important factor. Everything else will have to wait.
    Take care and best wishes
    Roger

    Woebegone but Hopeful

    December 31, 2018 at 3:57 am

    • Thanks, Roger. I appreciate your kind words. I will keep doing my best to get better. I just wish I knew why I have stayed sick for three and a half weeks; it’s hard to hold a positive thought right now. Still, I must find a way to do it anyway…

      Barb Caffrey

      December 31, 2018 at 6:16 am

      • Sometimes Barb, these things just hang around. It is a real trial when they happen.
        On occasions all we can do is ‘roll with it’, which is easier said than done when ‘things’ are nagging to be done.
        Take best care of yourself.
        🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻
        Roger

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        January 1, 2019 at 4:02 am

      • You’re right, Roger. That’s exactly it. And I hate being idle. (Though today I did errands, and that nearly left me prostrate, so I guess “idle” isn’t really the right word. Non-working, maybe?) It annoys me when I can’t function the way I feel I should…

        Anyway, I am getting a little better, but I have to be careful. (More careful than I was today, probably, though I did go slowly and carefully.)

        Happy New Year, right? 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        January 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      • Best wishes for 2019 Barb!
        Meanwhile take it very slowly, the body will guide you.
        🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻 🌞

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        January 4, 2019 at 4:02 am

      • That’s what I’m doing, Roger. Very, very slow…but I hope every day, I get a teensy bit better.

        All best to you and yours. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        January 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      • Sometimes it has to be by small steps Barb.🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻 🌞

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        January 8, 2019 at 3:44 am

  3. Take care. I know how bad things can get.

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    December 31, 2018 at 9:26 am


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