Monday, February 12, 2018

Mixed Blessings and Tremendous Joy


Just to warn my Facebook friends, this has already been shared there. But it seemed worthy of repeating as my busy morning explains why I am not joining in the Positive Sparks Monday blog hop.

Anyway, only I would develop an impacted ear canal during a deadly flu season while my doctor is on vacation. As a result I had to go to an urgent care center. There I spent two hours with a roomful of desperately sick people and had to shell out $100(USD). That stung.

In addition, my social anxiety kicked into high gear again, partly because I was nervous about potentially losing my hearing. Also, I fear catching this flu that is killing my fellow US citizens.

Before leaving I coating the insides of my nose with antibiotic ointment hoping to create something of a germ barrier. Returned home, I washed every exposed surface of skin, put my clothes in the laundry hamper, and sanitized everything I could think of. Paranoid much?

But the staff was great and my ear is better than before (wax was building up for a while, no doubt). I’m ecstatic to be able to enjoy music again. Yesterday and this morning sounds echoed in my head and made me feel claustrophobic.

And now that half my head doesn’t feel stuffed with cotton, my jitters receded. I feel wonderful at the moment, about to get better delving back into my latest WIP. By the way, I write strictly for personal pleasure, which I’ve failed to make clear. So there is no publishing or financial anxiety involved. ~shakes head~ Anyway, I appreciate all the kind words regarding this condition.

Oh, we also have a health savings account (!), meaning the money came from a predetermined, dedicated source. So it could have been much, much worse. The universe is very kind to me, generally balancing out small nuisances with great fortune.

A Random Bit of Hilarity That Cracks Me Up
Back to being serious, I feel bad for all the really ill folks. One little girl in kitty slippers and coughing behind the medical face mask her socially responsible mother put on her made me want to cry.

~raises hand~

Does this influenza bug strike you with fear?

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16 comments:

  1. Yes the flu bug strikes me with fear. I too hate to see the little ones suffer. At least mom is getting her checked out.

    I'm glad you're feeling better too. We all hate being sick.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. I'll be glad when this flu season passes. ~shudders~ Thanks for the kind word. Back at you, my dear.

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  2. Glad you are OK. I have a flu shot, but I am still very afraid of germs. Last week, when I was shopping with my mom, there was a little boy hacking away so my mom and I left the store- not taking any chances.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you and your mother take care. ~hugs~ Stay healthy.

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  3. Oh, so glad you are okay. I do that. If one person gets ill in the house I go around wiping door knobs and remote controls as well as light switches.

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    1. My mother felt guilty following me around with antiseptic spray when I had mononucleosis as a child. I told her I was not only understanding, but proud. ~grin~ Stay healthy, and thank you for the kind word.

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  4. Glad you're feeling better. I had a bit of a bug a couple weeks ago. But generally I'm in good health, so I don't worry too much about the flu floating around out there.

    Although, someone tangentially related to me just died due to flu complications, so there is that.

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes. I'm so glad you feel better but sorry you lost a relative. Take care!

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  6. Oh, I'm glad you are feeling better now!

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  7. Well, I have had the flu shot, late Sept. I do it every yr. But I also know that does not always mean all will be well. Had one in 2012 and had the flu that put me down for 7 days. But....I also know that since I have asthma not getting the shot could be worse. Am I in fear of it now....not really fear but really hoping that I don't get it. I worry for my grandbabies even though they have had the shot. This one seems to be taking the lives of the young children.

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  8. Darla, I thank you for always leaving such sweet comments on my page. I know that you get it, I know you know I struggle daily to get through some days. Thanks for checking on me.

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    1. I heard that one in ten US citizens are dying from this! I hope those numbers are inflated or soon we'll be burning bodies in the streets. I so hope you and yours stay healthy. ~hugs~ It's my pleasure to check in on heroes. ~nods~ Be well!

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    2. Wow...that is so sweet. Thank you...HERO, I don't think I have ever carried that title! Thanks...I have made comment about this flu and today's medicine and that it feels like we are going back in time with something like the FLU killing so many! It is so scary. I heard on the news last night that it seems to be tapering off some but it is not to late to get a flu shot. I had mine in Sept. Never fail, I get one. I still might get the flu but I hope that it will not hit as hard that way.

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    3. Best wishes! ~hugs~ I didn't used to get the shot but started a few years ago. So far, so good.

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