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!