Sunday, November 15, 2015

Under the weather...

Hello fellow stitchers!

Hope this finds all of you enjoying your Fall days!  I apologize for being away for so long.  However, I have had quite a time with being sick.

It all started September 18th when my husband was diagnosed with chest congestion, an ear infection and pink eye in BOTH eyes.  YIKES!  I worked like a dog all weekend to clean and stay healthy - but I was not so lucky.  I contracted the chest stuff and the ear infection.  Luckily, I dodged the pink eye bullet.

The ear infection was bad enough, but the cough from the chest congestion was. absolutely. horrible.  I coughed so hard...well, lets just say that my bladder was rarely full.  The ear infection cleared up within a week and a half - the chest stuff and cough have been constant companions ever since.

Two antibiotics, five doctors visits, four sick days and many vials of blood tests later - we still do not know what is going on.  I have been tested for pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies, Lyme's Disease, thyroid disorder and rheumatoid arthritis.  I carry a low grade fever most days - and am absolutely exhausted.  The fatigue is awful.  My joints ache and I feel like I am 100 years old.  I took a picture of all the medicines that I have been on since this stuff began -



I am feeling better today than I have in a long time.  I am hoping that this signals an end to the plague.  This ordeal has taught me several things:

1.  Never, ever take your good health for granted.
2.  When you are sick and you feel like crud, Little Debbie Crunch Donuts can make a world of difference.
3.  Never underestimate the power of Tussinex.  It has been my best friend.
4.  Cats really are the best nurses.
5.  I work with a wonderful group of people.  They have shown a level of care and concern that made me feel better even when I didn't think I could make it through the day.
6.  My family's concern has also helped me keep a positive outlook.    I may be staring 40 right in the eye but nothing soothes like a call from mom when you are sick :-)

So, it is my sincere hope that I will be back to normal soon.  The doc ordered more tests - we are narrowing things down - and it looks like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.  I will keep you up to date.  

One thing I have been able to do is reorganize my stitching stuff.  I will share some of my finds in the next couple of days :-)

Till next time, peeps!  Keep stitchin'!
Valerie

And the Winner Is...

Better late than never!  So sorry for the tardiness of my announcement :-)

A BIG THANK YOU to all that entered!  I am so glad to connect and reconnect with you!  

Roscoe helped with the picture taking activities...




I used the Random.org Random Number Generator - and the winner is #6 Marsha!!!



Congrats Marsha!  I will email you with the details!!

Even though we are closer to Thanksgiving than to Halloween, I hope Marsha will still enjoy her Halloween Haul!  

Talk to you later, peeps!
Valerie

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