Sunday, October 16, 2011


For almost 2 weeks, I have been sick. I started to say, "under the weather", but heck no, that does not convey just how bad I have felt. I have had a severe sinus infection, sore throat, and in the middle of that a really, really bad stomach/intestinal bug. At one point, I was so darn sick that my sister, who was a paramedic, wanted to take me to the ER. Fortunately, my dear sister helped get all the medicine I needed to at least get me up off the floor of the bathroom where I had been laying for most of the day. She ordered my husband and brother-in-law to the grocery store where they purchased all the necessities. I went to the Doctor last Monday and ended up with a steroid (I hate taking this as I always gain weight!) dose pack and a strong antibiotic. I wish I could say that I am a lot better, but at least I don't feel like death warmed over. I hope to be back to posting outfit photos this week.

Oh, and the sewer backed up. So, here I was feeling awful and having to mop up water from the back up. It was tree roots that had blocked the sewer. We don't have any trees in our yard, but the neighbors trees did their job on our pipes. If bad things do happen in threes, am I done yet?

Feeling really sick changes your perspective on things. I did not get out of my night gowns for several days and have only been out of the house a couple of times. When you are sick, your outfit really isn't a big concern. We have a tendency to take our health for granted--I was feeling kind of smug because I have been exercising and trying to eat well. All it took to bring me to my knees (literally) was a small virus or bacteria. Recently, a listeria outbreak in this part of the country killed a number of people, because they ate cantaloupe that should be a healthy safe food. 

As we get older, illnesses that we could handle easily when we were younger now hit us much harder and it takes longer to recuperate. According to the NIHSeniorHealth: "As we age, our bodies produce less stomach acid, making it harder to get rid of harmful bacteria that enter our digestive system. Our digestion may slow down, allowing harmful bacteria to stay in our bodies longer." 

Since I don't have any outfit photo to share, I thought I would share my favorite healthy dessert blog. Chocolate Covered Katie. Not only are the recipes yummy sounding, but the photography is also beautiful. Some of the pancake recipes look divine. Life is too short not to enjoy dessert!


  1. I am so glad you are better and your point is well taken...sickness does hit us harder. That is the one drawback to teaching is that I am always worried I will catch something from the kids. I look forward to your outfit posts because I know that means you are up and about! I am also really scared to go to the dessert blog because I am so hungry right now for desserts!!

  2. Wow, so sorry for your prolonged (and intense) illness. The tiny virus brings us low. I hope to see your big smile soon, I have missed you. Do the doggies try to comfort you?

    That dessert site is like porn for the weight-watcher!

  3. Looking forward to your new posts and have missed you! Glad you are feeling better.

  4. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. Hope your recovery makes a sharp upward trajectory soon!

  5. Yes, so happy to hear that you are on the mend. Thanks for the dose of perspective, too. You are so right that good health is something we take for granted when we are fortunate enough to have it.

  6. Oh no Sweetie! I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. I hate being sick and especially the stomach virus thing....YUCK! You poor thing. I know what you mean about getting older and not being able to spring back from things as quickly as when you were younger. We do take our health for granted but I stopped doing that after my back went out and I could hardly wipe my own behind. Talk about humility!! I hope you get to feeling better soon my sweet friend. I will say a prayer for you. Kiah

  7. Oh Dear.
    That sounds awful. Glad, you're feeling a bit better now.
    A good chickensoup after the bug is gone does wonder to infections too.
    Best wishes for your health!!!

  8. I'm glad you're feeling better, and yes it does take longer recovering as we get older. Our sewer had tree roots as well. We ended up having to remove that tree, a big job!