hello old bean!
it turns out that I didn’t die.
I just thought I might.
most of you already know. but for those who don’t…
I got a terrible flu bug of some kind.
I have my suspicions that it was dengue fever.
for 5 days I ran a high fever and didn’t eat or drink.
WRONG thing to do.
I wound up severely dehydrated and in the hospital hooked up to 4 packs of
life saving fluid. kind of like when your car is running on empty.
my kidneys had started to shut down. they call it renal injury. next step
that’s a scary phrase!
soon I was peeing again like a race horse.
and eating the wonderful hospital food.
my advice to you … especially if you live under this heat dome that’s over US
right now in the middle of the country… or even if you don’t…
DON’T DRY UP!!!
DRINK DRINK DRINK! crystal clear clean water is the best.
but STAY hydrated!
apparently it can be a life threatening situation.
the reason I titled this post ‘ little blessings ‘ …
is because there have been SO MANY!
my beloved marine. first and foremost.
I could not have survived without him.
he is ALWAYS in my corner. so strong and healthy. a delight to know.
everyone should have their very own marine!
he came to the hospital each day.
and the day after I got out he taxied me around looking at apartments.
and I was able to find the one I’m in now!
my wren house had been full of black mold in the air unit… plus mold and mildew. as much as I loved it… it just wasn’t a healthy place.
I’d been sick there for the whole 5 years. pneumonia last year and bronchitis twice.
I just thought I felt so awful because i’m getting older and that’s how you feel!!!
now I know that that kind of thing is really an insidious poison.
I always thought of it as another ‘fad’ that hypochondriacs latched onto.
i have new respect for those hypochondriacs!
the next blessing …
the nurse that started the IV port in the back of my hand only had to stick me once!
usually they have to try at least 4 or even 5 times.
I have tiny veins and they roll.
so THAT was a blessing indeed.
every single nurse I encountered was competent and friendly and WONDERFUL!
every single shift. all through the night.
one night when I was still fighting nausea big time…
there was this sickeningly SWEET smell that was overpowering.
it turns out that a man patient down the hall from me had dowsed himself in baby lotion and was walking up and down the hall. it was midnight. LOLOL!
the last blessings …
I’m finally getting stronger. I thought I’d feel like a 90 pound weakling the rest of my life. but today for the first time I know I’ve turned the corner.
I got a jump start on losing the weight I wanted to.
Now i have to keep eating properly and exercise as soon as I can start to stay at this trim size. It was a hard way to lose it but it’s a blessing!
and last but not least…
I have a darling little one bedroom apartment.
it has brand new carpet and full size stainless steel appliances.
hard wood floors in the kitchen and bath.
French doors that open onto a balcony that overlooks the beautiful blue pool and green lawns. there are shade trees at one edge of the pool so i can sit and watch my Jacob and Blake swim.
the bedroom is HUGE! with two windows. room enough to have one of my wicker chairs and ottoman by one window. so that if it EVER gets cool here again and rains… I’ll be in HEAVEN!
my new place has whispered its name to me.
I am calling it ‘ Safe Harbor. ‘
I cannot thank you enough for all your loving comments and good wishes and prayers.
every one was read and even brought tears of gratitude one day when I felt the worst.
YOU ARE ALL JUST THE BEST!
to think I have friends all over this big world like you.
I treasure each and every one of you.
I can’t wait to be strong enough to read all the wonderful posts I’ve missed on your blogs.
BELIEVE ME… I will catch up with EVERY ONE!
I may not comment yet but I will joyously be reading them!
and finally… the blessing that is the captain.
my dear dear friend who takes care of the peanut when its owner is otherwise occupied! thank you captain ALWAYS.
this thing has gone on long enough!
so much love coming your way.
if you should have friends or family involved in the tragedies of Orlando…
my heart to yours dear one. there are just no words to truly comfort you.
TAKE CARE OF YOU.
til soon old bean!