Hi everyone….thanks for your wonderful, insightful and often amusing comments on my last post! I look forward to responding to each one, but it may take me a day or two.
I am once more the crazy wife hidden in the attic (remember Bertha in Jane Eyre?)
Okay, so I’m not really in the attic….or as crazy as Bertha, but I am sequestered upstairs, sick again since Sunday, while workmen are downstairs, installing new flooring.
(Regular readers of this blog may remember that my January bout with shingles similarly coincided with the arrival of a painting crew, whose work spanned the better part of two weeks, during which time I and my “pizza” face holed up in whichever bedroom wasn’t currently being painted.)
This time around, I have been completely unseen and unknown by the installation crew, but my dear husband makes several trips up the stairs each day, carrying a tray of Sprite, toast, etc….indicating that there is life, however mysterious, above the first floor.
During the past week, a virulent strain of the stomach flu has been moving throughout my area, knocking out more than a few people I know. My dear sister was still on her feet yesterday when she reported that she had been recruited by a stricken friend to drop off a supply of clear liquids at their front door.
Later, in the course of her job, she had to visit an Urgent Care clinic, where the treatment rooms were filled with people receiving IV fluids to treat their dehydration.
This morning, I awoke to a text message from her, reporting that she too had been visited by the virus in the middle of the night.
As for me, my misery began Sunday morning, and I lived on popsicles and Sprite for two days. Yesterday and today, I have been able to add a few bites of solid food, but I doubt I will be up and about for a day or two yet. I probably should have been one of those who received IV fluids, but I felt too sick to even imagine leaving the house.
Perhaps I should have given up chocolate for Lent… like some of Joyce’s friends. Instead, it seems I have given up all food…at least for a few days 🙂 I have lost three pounds, but I do not recommend this method of weight loss.
On the plus side, I have been listening to Catholic radio and keeping up with what is happening in Rome, as the conclave approaches. And, I have at least had something to offer up in union with the prayers and sacrifices of everyone else, that God will bless us with a truly holy and wise pope.
I am thinking of all of you, enjoying your comments and praying for you. Please pray for me too! I hope to return soon.
And…do enjoy something yummy for dinner tonight! 🙂