Sunday, February 23, 2020

At Least It Wasn't The Flu And Other Thankfuls

**tenderly taking my little blog into my arms, dusting it gently, giving it a little kiss on its bloggy forehead, cooing softly to it that I will never ignore it like this again as little blog smiles up at me and whispers "i'm always here for you"**


No excuses, just a combination of laziness, writer's block, winter blahs, and sickness, but I'm back and it's Ten Things of Thankful aaaaand, go:

1. I'm a lead teacher at a university child development center. My little nugs are one year olds, and they are more precious than gold.

They are also walking (most of them), talking (some of them) petri dishes. I'm pretty good about washing my hands frequently and using hand sanitizer (unless you work for the health department, in which case I never touch the stuff), but I done got got by a toddler cold, and that turned into bronchitis and a roaring sinus infection, I am on Day #3 of steroids and antibiotics, and I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's dim, but it's there.

2. I've lost at least 5 pounds, probably more, since I've only nibbled occasionally on crackers and pretzels for a solid week.

3. I popped what has turned out to be a toxic combination of ibuprofen, excederin, and aleve, coupled with not enough fluids to get them down, and then went straight to bed (not taking them all at one time, by the way, but over the course of probably 2-3 days, when I was desperate to relieve the sinus pressure in my head without being driven to stabbing myself through the sinuses with a knitting needle). In doing so, I gave myself some kind of gut rot right around the diaphragm area, but through the miracle of Google, a consult with my SIL the nurse, and a flashback to the time I took a couple of aleve followed by a box of Hot Tamales and all washed down with a Diet Coke, I'm pretty sure I now have a small ulcer, or ulcer wannabe. It is better so far this morning, but I will be treating it with Zantac or something like it.

4. I have the best co-workers! I kept soldiering on at work, because by God, I'm no sissy, but also because I have only worked there since September and I didn't know what the procedure was for calling in sick. So, Thursday, I practically crawled into the building and to my classroom. My A-1 college student assistants stepped up, as usual, and I sat in a rocking chair and read books and rocked any nugget who climbed in my lap and tried not to fall over dead. An hour later, when the director and the administrative assistant happened to come down our way and got one look at me, they found warm bodies to cover for me and sent me home. I slept all day, then finally caved to going to Urgent Care, where my sinus infection and bronchitis were confirmed.


5. My antibiotics are ginormous, but so far, I have been able to get them down without one getting stuck in my gullet. 

Are you seeing this?!

6. I had to get better quickly, because this weekend has been Mom's Weekend at my daughter's sorority, and we made plans A YEAR AGO to spend the weekend with my SIL and her husband (yes, the nurse one - handy, huh?) in Fayetteville (their son is a student at UArk as well). At one moment in my delirium on Thursday, I thought I was just going to have to stay home and lie in bed all weekend, surrounded by snotty kleenexes and cats, while my husband got to go have all the fun, but I rallied and I made it!

7. We're staying in an Airbnb together, and it's been so much fun! My brother in law said that he wanted us to get together like this (with or without kids) once a year, and he got no arguments from any of us. 

8. Saturday morning, my SIL, daughter and I went to a lovely brunch at the sorority house. We spent the afternoon doing girly shopping. I tuckered out by the time we got to Ulta, but I was revived by a delicious dinner with all of us, including nephew's girlfriend and daughter's boyfriend. 

Some items found but not purchased, and I may have some regrets about a few of them:

Peas in a pod. About 12" long.

A real statement piece and a
bargain at $47.50

Another statement piece, although
I don't know what statement this is
trying to make other than I am
feeling quite ill and it shows

Original art. Oils. It's an owl.
It says so on the back.

9. We played games when we got back to the Airbnb. My SIL is maybe a little competitive. So is her brother, my husband. And my daughter. Hmmm. We had a raucous good time with both Catch Phrase and Think 'N Sync.

10. I'm sitting in the living room of the Airbnb now, the house quiet, and over the muffled sounds of snoring from either end of the house, I can hear birds singing as the sun comes up. Spring can't be too far away when you hear that beautiful sound in the early morning hours (the birds, not the snoring). I'm thankful for this family time. It's been a marvelous weekend.

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  1. Glad to see that you're writing again. I've missed your writing.

  2. I was sorely tempted to be a deadbeat this week. Thanks for the tough love! I'm sorry you've been sick! I don't know that even a spoonful of sugar could help that medicine go down. I hope the bottle came with instructions for the Heimlich maneuver printed on it.

    1. I've been a deadbeat entirely too long. Really considering A to Z Challenge to make me work harder!
      The antibiotic actually goes down easier than those steroids. They leave a horrid metallic taste in my mouth - bleh!

  3. Happy to see you back! And you're recovering! Yay!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I'm hoping my runaway cold goes away for good soon!

  4. Sinus infections and bronchitis, yuck! I am glad you are on the mend. That is one of the hazards of teaching. . .being exposed to whatever is going around, but then again, one takes their chances just going grocery shopping too.
    What a HUGE pill. It'd better work!

    1. The only good thing is I never have had a sore throat throughout this, and I find that pretty remarkable. Thankful #11 :)

  5. hey! bout time!
    good to see you back on the scene (that is you behind the gauze and such, yes?)

    don't tell anyone, but I actually like that lamp.

    1. Hi, hi, remember me?! :)
      That mask was HORRIBLE.
      The lamp is really cool. Maybe you should get it for Phyllis...?
      I'm really regretting not getting the peas in a pod.