My Grandma used to always tell me: “If you don’t slow down when you need to, life will slow you down.”
Are Grandmas ever wrong? I think not!
I must have really needed to slow down, because so far, I’ve been forced to take this entire year a lot slower! I always try to be really careful not to get sick, so I don’t bring home any illnesses to My Cowboy, who has enough health problems already; but somehow, even tho I hadn’t left my house for a week, I came down with pneumonia.
When My Cowboy hauled me to the ER on New Year’s Day, they told me, “Either go home and pretend like you’re in the hospital, or we’ll put you in the hospital.” I wanted to go home, so My Cowboy said he’d see to it that I behaved.
So I was forced to stay in bed for a week, and turns out, it didn’t matter, cos I didn’t feel like getting up anyway! A friend of mine said: “Staying in bed sounds really good, until you HAVE to do it!” So true!
I had big ideas about how much handwork, reading, knitting, drawing, etc., I’d get done, but nope.
I’ve felt like Frodo as he laid on top of Mount Mordor, saying, “I can’t recall the taste of food . . .”
I’ve never had pneumonia before, and I haven’t been this sick since the early 90s, and I don’t make a very patient patient — My poor Cowboy! And if I had known this was coming, I wouldn’t have taken 5 days off work at Christmas — now I just feel more behind than ever.
So now that I’ve slept through 10 days of my life I’ll never get back, I’m even more grateful for my usual good health, which I never take for granted anyway, but am even more grateful for after this. I feel like Rip van Winkle!
While this was my view for most of the week (I had some good nurses):
I did have some moments where I could sit up in my chair, and I did do a little bit of knitting:
Some doodling on an old doodle:
Some crochet on my Granny Stripe Afghan:
And I made a few more Yo-Yos for my Yo-Yo quilt. After all, it’s on my 2018 Project List, I might as well get busy on it, right?
And because of that, I came up with something I want to do this year, so I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you all about that new project! (Remember, I was on drugs all week. I also did a lot of Amazon shopping, so we’ll see what shows up in the next few days! Eek!)
Yesterday was my first full day out of bed, because I had to go to town to see the doctor, who gave me the frowny face because I wasn’t getting well as fast as he would have liked, so he changed my medication and also gave some to My Cowboy, who unfortunately, is now coming down with, at the very least, a cold — poor guy. He was such a good nurse to me, and this is the thanks he gets!
I hadn’t seen Ranger except through the window for over a week. I was afraid he’d forget me. But I finally was allowed out at chore time last night, and he came over and climbed up in my lap for some kisses. He’ll always be my baby boy!
And today, I’m gonna try to ease back into work. I’m sure it’ll be slow going as I will probably have to take more breaks than usual, but maybe it’ll keep me from worrying about everything piling up while I’m sleeping.