Misty_24th_Birthday_2010_IMG_0646This is a picture of my daughter on her 24th birthday – 29 December 2010. 

The last part of 2010 and the first few days (weeks?) of 2011 have been somewhat interesting.  Though it was my intention to post on a regular basis, I found it not possible to do.  Why?  Well……The week after Thanksgiving I volunteered to help the gym teacher with putting protective equipment and rollerblades on the kindergarteners.  When I was helping the last student, with his face about a foot from mine, and with me looking directly at him, he sneezed – in my face.  I had the thought immediately, that I was going to get sick; and I did. 

The entire next week I became more and more tired, with just enough energy to make it through the day.  That Friday, I found I had a sore throat.  On Monday the sore throat bugs moved to my sinuses.  On Friday they moved to my lungs.  The next Tuesday, after a weekend of coughing and after three nights of waking up multiple times to move because the sheets were visibly wet (from sweat….), I decided to visit the local Urgent Care – a mistake I will never again make.

At the Urgent Care facility, a nurse stuck this 4 foot long cue-tip thing up my nose to collect a sample.  It felt like she made it to the back of my skull, so who knows what was on it.  The doctor, if he really was one, said I had a virus infection and that I needed no meds – just rest.  So, after taking Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday off, I took Wednesday off also.  On Thursday, after  three days of coughing up quite a bit of blood in the mornings, I made a visit to a “real” doctor, who said I was fine – really? – and needed no drugs.  I guess coughing up blood is fine sometimes. 

I spent the next two weeks, which were my Christmas break weeks, and the two weeks that my son and daughter, as well as my son’s wife were visiting, sick.  It was difficult to walk because I could not breath.  It was difficult to talk because my coughing ruined my voice.  As for thinking – forget it.  I did manage to do research for my LTM 5006 class at NCU, but I was totally unable to format any research into a coherent final product.  So, though I planned to spend my time visiting with family, making and drinking a variety of beer and wine, cooking and eating all things unhealthy, and finishing my NCU class, I did nothing but visit.  Then again, I spent more time with my kids that I would have done if I was well, so maybe being sick was good. 

Last Monday, after a worsening of my “cold” I went to the doctors office and met with a Physicians Assistant.  I got drugs!!!  My pulse was 95 and my blood O2 was 95.  Normally my pulse is in the mid to low 50’s, and a 100% blood 02 level.  Though I am still coughing, especially at night, and my ears are plugged up so it is at times difficult to balance (which makes driving fun!), this week I am fine.  I finally submitted a paper for my class, and because all my research and drafts are complete, have another one ready for submission.  My class ends in 12 days so who knows what will happen.  Hopefully, I will finish it.

Things I have learned:  Never, NEVER, go to Urgent Care – never!  Go to the doctor when you have a problem and demand a solution.  Like in – give me the drugs!  I have basically spent the last 6 weeks sick, and have missed 7 days of work.  That is more days sick from work than the past 4 years total.

Tonight, after putting the final touches on a paper that I will submit tomorrow, I am having a beer.  A SWMBO Slayer (Belgian Blonde), and maybe even an Abbey Weiss (Belgian Specialty Ale).  I usually do not have beer or any alcohol on a work night, but I really need to sleep tonight so I can be ready for a busy Thursday.  And, I

Below are pics from the holidays.  The first is me filling up bottles of Jalapeno Wine – the wine – and the labels my daughter designed.  We gave this to neighbors and friends. 


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