Sunday, November 1, 2009

What I learned....

We're getting better. The fevers are gone. Lingering coughing and furtive relieved glances over cooler baby foreheads let us know the worst is over.

I learned some things from this flu.

1. There is a ghost dog living in my house. Really. We put the old beast down last spring, but when I was in the sleepy fever that was Thursday I had him with me. He was at my feet and when I felt worse he moved his way up (as he always used to do) and put his head on my chest so I could play with his velvet ears and smell his warm dog smell. I miss him.

2. I am a good mother. My children are resilient and I know how high to let the fever go so that it can fight off the nagging other symptoms. I know that they need to be wrapped around me no matter how sore I am like man o' wars. I let them, and I let myself love it.

3. I'm going to be one of those old people who carries around an oxygen tank. I have asthma but never worry about it. I got a taste this week of what my asthma will feel like later on when I'm old and my lungs are weak. Imagining myself like that was amusing and terrifying at the same time.

Thanks friends for all your kind support! I woke up this morning to the most wonderful comments and healing wishes. Kooky or not, I believe in that kind of healing energy and I am so thankful for all of your thoughts.

In other news:

NANO!!!!!!!! Let's go people.

I'm going to be mean and post a short story contest this week. Keep a look out. The winner will get a goody box with a 20 dollar gift certificate to their store of choice. (Who couldn't use that around this time of year?)

I'll be visiting and making comments on all your blogs. Thanks for your patience. Stay well. Oh, and Lila... h1n1 aint that bad. You can take it off your fear list :)

XO
S

21 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are feeling better, and that your kids are, too.

    Happy November 1st!

    Shelley

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  2. So glad you're feeling better. I love the realizations you came to. I'm so glad you know you're a good mom.
    Happy Nano-ing! Let's rock this party!

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  3. Welcome back! Glad you are all on the mend!

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  4. Love that, while you were comforting those in your care, your sweet spirit dog showed up to comfort you. Glad you're better.

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  5. I am glad you all are feeling better. Good luck with NaNo!

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  6. Wait just a minute - you're recovering from the flu, you wrote over 3,000 words on the first day of NaNo, you wrote a post and NOW you're going to have a short story contest!?! Can I have whatever you're eating/drinking because I need me some of that creative energy too please! ;->

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  7. Thanks All!

    Slacker-Chick.... I've been up since 4am typing away! Been preparing for weeks! Can't stop. I've got 1,000 more! Sending it your way right now... Ohmmmmmmmm.

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  8. So it was severe and asskicking, and almost hallucinatory in it's discomfort. Good to know you're getting over it.

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  9. Glad you're feeling better. Totally relate to the furtive, over-the-head glances thing.

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  10. I'm glad you're feeling better. If you have asthma (and think you had H1N1), keep your puffer with you at all times! I learned the hard way. :(

    Good luck with NaNo!

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  11. Glad you and your wee ones are feeling better. Good luck with Nano, sounds like you're off to a stupendous start!

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  12. So pleased to read you and the children are feeling better......:-) Hugs

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  13. So sorry to hear you were all sick and best of luck w/ NaNo. I say no no to NaNo - brilliant little saying, I know - ;) But, I will be writing.

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  14. I have asthma and so does my oldest boy. This post made me worry a little less about H1N1. Thanks, Suzanne!

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  15. What a warm, comforting post. You were sick. You learned some new things. You had a visit from a beloved pet who'd passed on. You wrote. You cuddled your kids. You're amazing.
    Karen

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  16. Big cyber hug. Feel better, it usually takes me awhile to get fully over it. I'm NaNo'ing and I love it! BTW, I love that you have a ghost dog. So amusing.

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  17. Glad you and yours are on the mend...hopefully coming out stronger on this side. :-)

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  18. Glad to hear you're getting better. I loved the part about your pup. I miss mine every day.

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  19. It's great to hear you are feeling better. The comfort of an old friend, tale wagging, snuggling up to you while you were sick must have been a healing experience.

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  20. Glad you guys are doing much better. I'm posting what I've learned from being sick on Wednesday. fun times! :O)

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  21. Well done for getting through the trials of a sick family.I love that your loyal friend knew you needed him and came to comfort you.
    Positive vibes sent your way for happy scribbling.:)

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