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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This is True Devotion


I've been in bed and very sick for about 5 days now.  Christmas day I felt terrible too - aches, pains, chills, sweats, runny nose, sinus drainage, congestion, red, itchy, stinging, and watery eyes, fever that comes and goes, cough (a terrible cough), scratchy and sore throat, swollen tonsils, difficulty breathing, and earaches too.  I'm a mess.

No, I haven't gone to the doctor.  Why you ask?  Because I don't have health insurance.  But, I finally broke down and called my doctor and have an appointment tomorrow.  I can't remember the last time I was this sick.  Maybe 20 years ago.  I can't remember.  I've had colds before and I've had the flu, but nothing like this.  Whatever got me this time has taken me for a real tailspin.

Most of the last 5 days I've spent in bed with a box of Kleenex (I've emptied out 4 boxes in 5 days) and fuzzy socks that are on and off every hour or so depending on whether I'm sweating or freezing.  I've polished off an entire box of Benadryl and enough Advil to float a boat.


There has been one consistency, though,  for me these past 5 days -  Adolf.  He is truly the most devoted dog I've ever had.  He has not left my side.  Not once.  Poor guy.  He lays down on the floor on my side of the bed and doesn't even flinch when I toss Kleenex his way.  A couple of times I've sat up on my side of the bed in the middle of the night to discover that I just whacked Adolf upside the nose with my foot.   I would have taken a picture of him lying beside my bed but I thought better of it.  I didn't think you would want to see all my tissue all over the floor and covering Adolf too.  

He sleeps when I sleep and follows me to the kitchen for hot tea and then back to bed again.  No matter what is going on in the house he stays right by my side.  It really is amazing how devoted he is. 

I was just lying here in bed thinking about this and thought I would share it with you.  Matthew and Glen have been sick too, but not nearly hit as hard as I have been.  They've been busy playing with their new action figures and board games and other than a runny nose and an occasional cough, they are doing okay.

I hope you are well this holiday.  Take it from me - get your flu shot.  I didn't get one this year and I am regretting it.  Just know that people die from the flu every year, it isn't something to mess with.  I just wish I had had someone tell me this before I got so sick.

Stay well ...



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