Sunday, April 27, 2014

Illness Has No Metaphor


Roger recovered. I got sick, sicker than I've been in years. In bed for more than a week. Life gets very very small. This view out on to the deck is all I've seen. Four black-headed grosbeaks announced their arrival. A cranefly stayed on the screen for two days. Some warblers mad-dashed it around the yard from oak tree to oak tree. The robins stalked everything out there. A handful of tall daisy-like flowers blew in the breeze. Two and half inches of rain fell on Friday. My throat still hurts. I'm a terrible patient.

36 comments:

  1. ((( robin ))) hope you are feeling better. xoxo

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  2. and all this time i imagined you and roger doing spring things that were keeping you too busy to talk to us! i missed you. so sorry to know you have been/are ill and hope you mend quickly. keep us posted and as your world gets larger, please share some of your beautiful images of the spring activities outside those doors. <3

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  3. Being sick sucks. Hope you recover quickly. Meanwhile rest, rest and rest some more. Stream movies or whatnot on Netflix. Check out "House of Cards". Not funny but full of intrigue. Makes it less boring to stay in bed. Spring will still be happening when you are well again. Glad to here Roger is recovered.

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  4. I do hope you are better by now. Sorry you've been ailing.

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  5. Oh, Robin, being sick sucks indeed!! I'm so sorry and hoping for a full recovery soon!! You and Roger have had more than your share of this kind of thing!! Take care!!

    Sylvia

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  6. yes indeed, the world gets very small when sick. i know exactly how you feel. hard to believe the sludge will abate, but it will, and this will all be a dream. Silly, funny movies is my recommendation.

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  7. kathy a-- Thanks. Me too.

    sky-- I'm looking forward to feeling better. Right now, I think it may be moving into my lungs. I have a cough, and seriously, I never have a cough. I'm bummed.

    jsk-- Roger and I have watched two episodes of House of Cards. We're not sure yet if we want to see more. The depiction of Washington is so creepy. My sister has been telling us how good it is too. Maybe we'll try again.

    kenju-- Not better yet. Thank you for your good wishes.

    Sylvia-- I'm definitely TIRED of it. Looking forward to getting my health back.

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  8. Tara-- I haven't been this sick in quite a long time. I'm a little taken aback that my immune system has kicked it by now. I may go back to the doctor if my lungs aren't better by morning. Roger has been making me laugh, and truly that is the best medicine.

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  9. About 6 weeks ago, I caught something that was making the rounds in Bisbee. It was pretty nasty - mainly a sore throat and head cold, but seemed like it might go to my lungs (fortunately it did not). Several of my friends who never get sick got this thing. One had to go on antibiotics, but the rest of us shook it after a couple of weeks. Hope you get over it soon!

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  10. Take good care of yourself and get well quick - There is really cause for a full fledged "Pity Party" when one is ill and spring is happening all around you

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  11. bev-- That is so interesting. That particular virus sounds so much like what I've been dealing with. It surprises me to have been so knocked out by something. I've noticed that I'll start to feel better and then POW, I'm suddenly congested again and feeling really, really bad. I can't wait for this to pass.

    Endment-- Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is a "pity party" for sure.

    Maryanne-- Thank you for that.

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  12. I also hate being sick. I hope you are better but if not, go to the doctor. Sometimes we just have to do that. When an illness comes into the house, it's hard to avoid getting it ;(

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  13. Sounds very much like what I had recently. There were nearly two weeks of definitely not feeling well and then, after some days of coughing and lingering congestion, it was gone. I spent most of my sick time in bed, sleeping and reading. Didn't have much appetite.

    Sending love and encouragement to you.

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  14. Sorry to hear of illness. I'm a lousy patient, too. Hope you feel better soon!

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  15. The worst part is to be patient, I find. Hope you are better by now, take it easy.

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  16. I've been trying to think of a metaphor and haven't come up with one yet. Being sick for that long is awful, and the recuperation period can be discouraging too. Glad to hear Roger is well, and that you are on the mend.

    At least you had bountiful rains - that alone during a period of illness would have lifted my spirits. It's not for everyone, I know.

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  17. Let me know the next time you're sick. I'll send Libby to care for you. She is at her absolute finest when she's caring for others. I guarantee you'll feel better in spirit.

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  18. There is no good time to be sick, but spring seems the worst time of all. Hope you're on the mend soon.

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  19. Rain-- I actually went to see the doc last week. Had blood tests and everything is okay. Just having a hard time kicking this one.

    am-- Interesting about the no appetite. I am having the same experience. I'm down to 100 pounds, which is really crazy. I'm trying to eat, but my smell and taste senses seem to be all blocked up.

    lindaj-- I'm hoping this will pass soon. Every time I start to feel a little bit better, I seem to relapse.

    Sabine-- It's true about being impatient. I want to get this over with so I can get on with our projects. Healing takes time.

    Wayne-- I was thinking of Susan Sontag when I wrote that title. LOL. I expect a virus to last a certain amount of time, when it exceeds that, I lose all patience. I loved the rain. It may be the last we see of it for a while. Temps were in the 40s and 50s for three days, and now we're about to see 80!

    Pablo-- That's such a sweet, kind offer, Pablo.

    NCmountainwoman-- There is no good time to be sick, but spring really is the worst. There's so much to be done. Sigh.

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  20. Aww robin, I am so sorry your are sick. Hope you don't wait too long to get some professional help if it doesn't improve. Thank goodness you and roger weren't sick at the same time. At least there was someone each time to be the caregiver. Be well soon friend.

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  21. Patti-- Thank you for your kind words. I'm thinking about calling the doctor for a follow up appointment. The cough is getting worse, and I really have no energy at all. Roger has been a wonderful caregiver.

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  22. {{Robin}}
    That sounds awful! I am sure that you were a fine patient for the first dreadful day or three, but anyone who isn't in a coma is going to get antsy after a few days. The flu is pretty active across the country:
    http://www.wunderground.com/maps/us/2xFlu.html

    I hope the cough eases and you are up and at 'em (whatever "'em" are) in short order. Your blog friends are all pulling for you--may our collective love for you help you endure the boredom of recovery.

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  23. YAY!!! The first good thing about Windows 7!! I can comment on the blog again!

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  24. When one is rarely sick, being a good patient is not easy! The only time I've gotten sick the last few years was after my trips to the mainland. Hope the bug releases you from it's grip soon.

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  25. CCorax-- You're right, I was pretty good for the first three days of this, but by day four and thereafter I have become impatient. Enough already! Thank you for your support, and I am so GLAD that you can comment again!

    Annie-- I have my arthritic ailments, but I hardly ever catch these kinds of viruses. It has definitely been challenging.

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  26. Phil-- No, didn't eat there. Why do you ask?

    Dave-- Thank you so much.

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  27. I love your comment that "life gets very, very small" when a person is ill. It's so very observant and well stated, Robin Andrea.

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  28. We are under constant attack from the invisible world; once you get over this you will be stronger! Danged viruses.

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  29. Sorry you were feeling bad. I guess I would prefer to be sick in bed when it's rainy rather than sunny and pleasant. That way I wouldn't feel like I was missing so much, and the rest of the world could be miserable along with me.

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  30. Scott-- After more than a week spent mostly in bed, it was an observation that couldn't be avoided!

    Isabelita-- I'm waiting for my immune system to kick some viral butt. So far, the invisible world is in charge.

    Mark P-- The rainy weather only lasted two days. Not only is it sunny and clear, we're having our first heatwave of the year. Temps soaring into the mid 80s today, only 15 degrees about average.

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  31. Hope you feel better soon. I have heard there is a really nasty bug out there. It makes me dread anytime I have to go to town and be around people. You tend to forget about it when the weather improves but it's still out there. The times I get sick are usually when my husband has been first. Once it's in the house, it's hard to avoid it.

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  32. Rain-- Thank you for that. I'm still congested and pretty tired of the whole thing.

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  33. That sucks in a major way! I'm like you and seldom get sick, but when I do, it's not pretty. I'm catching up in reverse order, so I already know you are starting to feel better.

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