May 12, 2024

When you are on a 'Go Slow' strike!

It's amazing how your body can tell you exactly what is needed. Mine recently went on what I would call a 'Go Slow Strike'!

I had a regular doctor's appointment booked for the Tuesday, but started getting a tickly throat on the Friday before, then by Sunday a cough, then a nose that demanded virtually a whole box of tissues in an afternoon!

I turned up for the Tuesday appointment, and read the sign on the door: 'Do not enter if you have xxx" (all the symptoms that I had).  I duly rang the surgery and was told to wait outside until called. The doctor's first reaction was whooping cough, because she had just had two patients diagnosed with that, so I was sent off for swabs.

The next few days were a bit of a blur. My very good appetite disappeared, all my energy went down the drain, and lying on the recliner was about all I could manage. My body was on strike! Fortunately I found enough energy to work the TV remote and in my waking moments I binge-watched one whole series of the BBC Great Pottery Throw Down. I decided that whatever virus I had, it was three times worse than when I had Covid! In my more lucid moments, I realised that vaccinations had meant that I had had a very mild dose of the Corona Virus!

Thankfully after 12 days I started to feel better and was finally able to visit hubby again. It turned out to be Influenza A and my notoriety is that I am the first patient the doctor has had this year with the virus! I wasn't too impressed, especially after having had the Flu vaccination. 

But how wonderfully our bodies are made. The one thing I needed was REST, and so my body put itself in a state where that was all I could do!

Now I'm back firing on most cylinders and I've enjoyed making some more Hot Pad Trivets, notebook covers and a pincushion - all with a Scripture Verse on.

Today was Mothers' Day in Australia and it was lovely to have our son, daughter-in-law and grandson come to share lunch with me and to have phone conversations with other members of our family. 

It's taken me a while, but I'm gradually realising that 'Go Slow' is a valid option at my age, even when I'm feeling great!

Happy stitching!


Nanna Chel said...

Val I am so pleased you are feeling much better. Happy Mothers Day.

FlourishingPalms said...

Oh my, Val! What you've been through! Ha, ha, the notoriety of being his first patient with Influenza A... such an "honor." :-) I have never had a flu vaccine, nor does my doc recommend them. Nonetheless, I'm sorry that you got sick and that the flu felled you as it did. Twelve days away from your husband was a long time! But how wonderful that you went to lunch and received phone calls for Mother's Day! I'm truly happy for you. Though I don't expect to hear from my children, I'm wishing us both a nice Mother's Day, with good remembrances of raising our children. Hugs, my friend.

Susie said...

So glad you're feeling better. My son is on week 7 or 8 (I've lost track) of whooping cough. I didn't take him to the dr until week 2 but the antibiotics certainly helped. It's not called the 90 day cough for nothing.