Under The Weather

the noise came from deep in her chest
a rattling cough that burned her lungs
she lay in bed with fever’s sweat
shivering under her layers of covers
body aching in every joint and muscle
sinuses pressing back in pain
the flu was ravaging her body
making it nearly impossible to breathe
suddenly she sneezed
her whole body shaking
followed by another
feeling like ripping tissue in her throat
like it was made of paper, not flesh
three days were like this before her fever broke
she awoke from sleep that was finally peaceful
and mumbled under her breath
“next year I get a flu shot.”

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cough

‘Tis The Season

Stop
Don’t cough
Stifle that sneeze
The flu is spreading
Germs are crawling nearly everywhere
Wash your hands again and again
Don’t shake that man’s hand when meeting
Unless you have some hand sanitizer that’s near
Beware of the elevator buttons you touch
For God’s sake wash that phone
Look out for door knobs
Colds are in season
Cover your mouth
Breathe easy
Sleep

Happy and Grateful – Day 333

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I am still running behind… sleeping a lot and can’t count the number of time I have sneezed and coughed today.  I know sharing is good but my boyfriend could have kept this cold/flu to himself and I would have been fine with that.

Yesterday was a long day, but that comes with the territory of a cold.  I did feel “well” enough in the afternoon to actually get a load of laundry done.  But that left me fully wiped out.  I was grateful for that small amount of energy.

A happy moment from the day would have to be finishing up a letter for a friend whose birthday is coming up. I am behind with it too and the card will probably not make it there before her birthday, but it is the thought that counts right?

Time to see about some more medicine and maybe a nap.  With any luck I will be able to post again tonight.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night.

Happy and Grateful – Day 329

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Today was another day of fatigue… only two naps though.  And now I am wide awake too late in the night.  I have yet to understand why fibro can cause such profound fatigue during the day but still give me trouble sleeping at night.  Just one of many mysteries surrounding fibro.

I would have to say my happiness today came from a late night phone call.  My daughter called after work tonight and the conversation ended up on food.  One thing led to another and she talked me into making her a sandwich she would stop by and eat.  It is one my Dad got me hooked on and I passed it down to my daughter.  The combination may sound awful but the taste is really quite good.  I made her a peanut butter and pickle sandwich.  It made me happy to see her for a short while tonight.

My boyfriend made it through his shift at work today ok.  But came home pretty wiped out.  His fever is gone and he said instead of feeling like a train hit him, it is now only a pickup truck.  I am grateful he is feeling a little better and has the next two days off to recover.  To be on the safe side I filled up on Vitamin C and had some Echinacea tea today trying to keep it away from me.

I need to try to close my eyes and sleep now.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 328

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I woke up to a blinking cursor… out like a light in the middle of my post last night.  Darn fatigue!!  So let’s try to back up a few hours and get this done finally.  Oops!

It was the infamous Black Friday when hundreds stand in long lines for a chance to save a few dollars on something going on sale hours later.  …I have never understood why.  There is no sale that will get me out of sleeping and standing in the cold (although this year’s weather was unseasonably warm) at 4am.  I have always figured if I was meant to have it then it will be there when I arrive fully rested later in the day.  So I do not partake in the insanity that is Black Friday.  Most years the sales are on the same things except a few hot item toys and my daughter is well past the toy age.  So I was grateful to stay home and away from the crowds.

Actually spent a lot of the day worrying about my boyfriend who I am sure has the flu – body aches, fever and stuffy nose.  But there is no excuse on one of the busiest shopping days of the year not to be behind the register.  He did manage to make it through most of his shift and management let him leave about and hour and a half early.  He came home and just slept and took medicine.  I was happy he was able to rest fairly well all night.

Now I must get on with my day instead of sitting here all day I have things I should try to get done.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!