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Time to Heal…

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Folks, I’m glad to finally be able to tell you that I think I’m on the mend.

Note that I said “I think,” because I’ve had health reversals before. Still, I am hopeful that I’m not speaking too soon, as I now have antibiotics and steroids and feel much clearer of mind. (Thus, the hope is that I’ll be sounder of body soon as well.)

How did this happen? Well, yesterday I marched into urgent care, and told ’em that I felt like I was getting weaker and weaker, and sicker and sicker. I also had a temperature, which is very rare for me; it was 99.8 F when I went in there and it was 99.4 on the way out. As my normal temp is lower than most people’s, this was almost shocking. (To them as well, as they’ve seen me a lot in the last two years.)

I have another sinus infection.

It’s frustrating that this one got so bad, especially since I’ve been trying to take care of my health. I did call my doctors, but every single one said I needed someone else to make the call. Only the ENT doctor was willing to try to get me an appointment, and he didn’t have one until after the first of the year. (I took it.)

That said, I now have medication that has helped — after only one day — to clear my mind significantly, as I said before.

The other problem I had yesterday was that my phone’s battery was low even though I’d charged it before leaving the house. I was supposed to take my mother to a dental appointment. She needed this. Unfortunately, I had zero bars, and the phone was just barely working. Text takes less energy than a phone call, so I sent her several texts.

And, of course, she did not get them in a timely manner.

I feel very bad about this. But I don’t think I could have done anything else.

She did call me, but I was waiting for medication at that time and the phone was still low battery anyway. I didn’t see that she’d actually called until I got back home and was charging the phone. At that point I called and left her a voicemail.

That I was not able to help my mother saddens me greatly. That I couldn’t reach her due to technical problems to do with my very old phone (at least eight years old, and a flip-phone; the cellular carrier has said it must be upgraded next year) is extremely frustrating.

I don’t blame her for being furious.

Anyway, that is all I know. (Time to heal, I guess.)

Have you ever been failed by technology? Or had to work through months of illness? Tell me about it in the comments! (I hope you’re reading out there…)

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 16, 2021 at 11:50 am

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  1. I’m glad you’ve finally got some help and are feeling better.
    Yes, I am frequently failed by technology – usually whe it’s least convenient!


    December 16, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    • I’m so glad it’s not just me, Annabelle. 🙂

      Healing is a slow process, but I’m glad that today my mind is clear. My body is still tired and worn-down from all this nonsense. Still, a clear mind is a good thing. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      December 16, 2021 at 4:09 pm

  2. Glad you’re doing better. You’ve really been on my mind lately 🙂

    Kayelle Allen

    December 16, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    • Thanks, Kayelle. 🙂 I’m always happy to hear from you. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      December 16, 2021 at 4:09 pm

  3. I am very glad to read you are feeling better Barb, it’s been a very long hard road for you, may your progress continue.
    All technology fails at some time, there are flaws and shortcomings; after all looks at its creators.
    Best wishes


    December 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

    • Thanks, Roger. I appreciate that.

      I’m thinking about writing a blog later tonight or possibly tomorrow about expectations; do we always see just what we expect to see? (If so, one wonders how we as a species have made any progress at all.)

      Barb Caffrey

      December 21, 2021 at 4:12 pm

  4. I’m still thinking about that one, Roger. For the moment, I wrote one about the new Matrix movie. 🙂

    Barb Caffrey

    December 26, 2021 at 9:19 pm

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