Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Streaks of gold on a dreary day


You need to know: the drear is all me. I have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. I had struggled with breathing, coughing incessantly and feeling completely discombobulated in the past week and finally went to the place of last resort - for me, the doctor's, yesterday. I should clarify: I haven't smoked in over 20 years.

She said to me: you have the lungs of a 2 pack-a-day woman at the moment. Is this karma, I ask her. No, she said, but a chronic infection built up over a series of bad colds that you neglected?

I'm not the type to run to the doctor with colds, I would feel whiney and whingey and downright hypochondriacky. I say this to her. More fool you, was the crisp response, now look at you!

So I'm on a course of medication and cancelled a lot of appointments to get some rest (Why do I think bed rest is for sissies? Why?)

Then I get all chuffed up to find my short story of a week ago is up at The Elder Story Telling Place

This plus my piece on the innocence of girl children being stolen being up at Shakesville a week ago has cheered me up immeasurably.

22 comments:

  1. You have my sympathy, I suffered with 'Brownchitis' as a friend from Cork called it, every winter when I was young.

    Take care and get well soon, we want to see you in Dublin.

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  2. Take care and rest! Hope you can get plenty of fresh fruit in Newfoundland and honey! But rest is best!

    Take Care.

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  3. That sounds rather nasty. Get well soon. And I know how you feel about bed rest. I hate staying in bed a moment longer than I have to, I always want to be up and about.

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  4. Brownchitis is a perfect name, GM. Feeling brown, yeah that's me alright. Oh I don't want to miss Dublin!
    XO
    WWW

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  5. Magpie:
    Yeah: rest, schmest. I've only got speeds I guess. 100 or stalled. I'll stick to stalled, this thing has scared me.
    XO
    WWW

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  6. Nick:
    It is, I'm hobbling around, wheezing badly with temperature fluctuations.
    I'm forcing myself to lie down periodically.
    XO
    WWW

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  7. *hug*
    I hope you feel better soon WWW dear.
    Please do rest, it's not a sissy thing to do!
    Gx

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  8. My dear departed M-I-L (a nurse mind you) once found me with a bad case of bronchitis trying to keep up with all the ranch chores. She promptly put me to bed at the Big House and proceeded to give me the cure. "Oh it works everytime. You'll be up and at it in no time. Here let me smear this mustard plaster over your chest. Now lay back and get some rest." An hour or so later I awoke with the most god awful burning up chest. She gave me second degree burns. We laughed about it in later years, and she swore I was her favorite daughter-in-law, and I believe it to this day.
    Hope your well & hearty soon. Take good care.

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  9. Very seriously take very good care of yourself. Make a promise that you will and promise not to break it. I am ordering you to. Get to bed, even though you hate it and get well. Get stubborn about that! We all need you to be well. Who else is going to entertain us with such good stories every day? Besides, we all love you and don't want you sick.

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  10. Shucks WWW!!! Now don't be naughty. Stay in bed with a pile of books and keep snoozing between chapters. Please take care. I hope you feel much better very soon, but even if you do - please still continue to take it easy for longer than you normally would do.

    And congratulations on having your two pieces of wonderful writing aired before a wider audience. :-)

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  11. Thanks for the hugs Gaye! My body gives me no option but to rest, I sound like an old steam train panting at the station!
    XO
    WWW

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  12. Brighid:
    Oh you made me laugh, the cure being worse than the disease in your case. I haven't had bronchitis since I quit smoking oh so long ago. A bit of a shocker to say the least!
    XO
    WWW

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  13. Irene:
    Yes, ma'am, I'm on my way back to bed for another few hours once this keyboarding's done!
    And ....thanks for the love comin' my way!
    XO
    WWW

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  14. Thanks for the good words, T. I'm forcing myself to get better and trying not think of all the cancelled plans which drive me crazy if I allow them!
    XO
    WWW

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  15. {hugs} Take care of yourself - keep that bed rest going until you are completely better!

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  16. Recently one of my relatives had 18 pin holes in her lungs fixed .The cause was untreated bronchitis.

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  17. Hope you feel better very soon. Congrats on the story - I loved it :-)

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  18. Jo:
    thanks, I'm trying I really am!
    XO
    WWW

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  19. Thanks Conor, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
    XO
    WWW

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  20. Mary, I am so sorry to hear this. I've had bronchitis - many times - and I know how debilitating it is. Rest is THE number one thing to do, the easiest, the most readily available - and it doesn't cost anything. Ah, g'wan, do it!

    and keep writing, you brilliant writer, you! Do it from bed, between naps. LOVE your stories!

    Sending big hugs!!
    v

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  21. Verna:
    Thank you for the cheering words and yes I'm doing my best to take it easy and waiting so impatiently for the wonder-drug to kick in!
    XO
    WWW

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