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Climbing out from under my rock 
 
Oct. 21, 2010 12:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2010 7:25 am
Ok, so I really wasn't under a rock, but I may as well have been.  Last Thursday I left work excited to be having my weekend starting already.  Friday was a day off from work - hurray!  I needed a long weekend - it was our 29th anniversary, and my son was coming home from college for the weekend.  I had plans.  Oh how I had plans.

We always get Mexican at our favorite Mexican restaurant when Steve comes home.  Then I was going to make a nice dinner with grilled salmon one night.  We were going to our favorite restaurant for our anniversary on Saturday - and Steve and his girlfriend were going, too.  I figured I'd make an apple crisp and bake something chocolate as well. 

Then, Friday happened.  Mid-morning I was knocked out - done, totally wiped out.  Some kind of bug hit me and hit me hard.  I spent the rest of the day in bed; but was a good sport and went to get Mexican with the entire family; daughter and son-in-law included.  Saturday morning came and I was still feeling pretty crappy.  But, we kept our reservations and went out for the anniversary dinner.  My food was good, but I barely noticed, still feeling bad.  By Sunday evening I was really sick.  High fever, chills, coughing something terrible, I called off work by 7:00 pm. 

I ended up at the doctor who did chest x-rays to confirm I had pneumonia.  I woke up this morning and realized it was Thursday already! Wow.  Somehow I missed the first half of this week.  I made it to work today for half the day, then I hit the wall again.  I came home and slept two hours.  I am feeling better, though. Tomorrow I might make a full day at work.

This weekend coming up is the field trial at the dog club we belong to.  Last year I wrote a blog about this place and how the torch had been passed to me as the new "Head Lady of the Kitchen".  I have been looking forward to this first official field trial that I would be in charge of the kitchen.  We were changing things up a bit this year.  I was going to make Italian sausages with onions and peppers, kalua pig in the slow cooker for pork sandwiches, and another woman was making a yummy stew she's famous for and of course we'd still have chili and hot dogs.  In addition to the food, I was also going to make a cherry pie, blackberry pie and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing.  Now that I've been so sick and have no energy - I am simply going to make the sausages and pork and send it with my hubby.  I think the in-store grocery bakery will be baking my pies I donate this year.  Hopefully I'll be feeling well enough by then to at least make an appearance at some point over the weekend.  This is the only time of the year I get to see some of these people.
 
Comments
Oct. 21, 2010 12:29 pm
Sorry to hear you've been so ill. Take it easy, don't push yourself to go to work and forget about the food. I've had pneumonia several times and it really wipes you out and you will be sick much longer if you push yourself too much (take it from one who knows!). Get well soon, if everyone misses you at the dog club this year they'll appreciate you more next year!
 
Oct. 21, 2010 12:32 pm
Thank you, Luvs2Bake. I had pneumonia once before when I was 12 or 13. I remember how bad it knocked me out then and I am 35+ years older now! I wish I could forget about the food - but there really is nobody else to make my share and there will be over 50 hungry guys and gals there. My hubby has promised to do most of the work, I just have to tell him what to do. (I'm good at that!) ;-)
 
Oct. 21, 2010 12:46 pm
Oh, so sorry to hear you have been so sick... Hope you get well soon, I would bring you some food if we lived next door to each other. Get well soon!
 
Oct. 21, 2010 1:36 pm
Awww thanks myboysmom!
 
Oct. 21, 2010 2:00 pm
Oh no, so sorry! I hope hubbie does you proud!!
 
Oct. 21, 2010 5:12 pm
The field trials will be hard for you to miss but your health and wellness are far more important. If that pneumonia hit you that quickly it might be the bacterial kind and that is very dangerous. Do as your doctor says and get better.
 
Oct. 21, 2010 5:24 pm
Mike, I think it is the bacterial since he prescribed an antibiotic, which BTW the pills are gigantic, but he didn't really say. He just told me go home, take my meds, drink plenty of fluids and rest. I seriously doubt I'll get to actually attend any part of the trial - but it's fun to hope.
 
Oct. 21, 2010 6:21 pm
Awww thats NO fun!!I hope you feel better soon!.... glad you visited the doc. cause thats pretty serious! Anyways hope your up and out in no time! =) sincerely, *cozy
 
NancyH 
Oct. 21, 2010 6:32 pm
Take care MA, prayers go out to you! Glad you are feeling better : )
 
Oct. 21, 2010 7:27 pm
How awful for you! Some days life is just like that. No matter what you plan, it has a mind of its own. Sorry to hear you were so sick.
 
Oct. 22, 2010 2:49 am
From a "safe" distance (((hugs))). Guess I've become a bit germaphobic, which spellcheck assures me is not a word, as is not "spellcheck". (!) I do hope you take care; and just know in advance that cooking by remote control takes a little longer, so don't let any stress buttons engage..."stress is not rest". Appreciate you, and am really sorry you are sick, but glad you are doing better. Take it slow.
 
Oct. 22, 2010 9:29 am
I remember you telling the story about the lady your taking over for. You said she had been in charge for a long time and it was an honor to take over. I hope you fell better soon and hope you get to make an appearance this weekend. Drink lots of that water : )
 
Oct. 22, 2010 12:36 pm
dragonfly22 - yes, she had been in charge for close to 50 years. Our kitchen is one that these trialers always look forward to because of our food and desserts. Thank you all for all of the kind wishes to get better soon. I did make it the entire day at work today, though now I'm off for a nap.
 
Oct. 23, 2010 5:16 am
Take care of yourself! Keep resting so you recover quicker!
 
Oct. 23, 2010 5:33 am
Well... happy to report that hubby made the sausages with peppers & onions just fine - they smelled fabulous! I did the Kalua Pig in the slow cooker. Hubby also managed to go to the grocery store and buy a great looking blackberry pie and the right kinds of beer and buns for the sandwiches! He loaded up his truck this morning and was on his way. I am not going to be attending at all,but I think it's all under control. Now if only hubby will bring me home a bowl of the Brunswick Stew that I know another woman made I'll be happy.
 
Oct. 23, 2010 5:35 am
Hope you get well soon! The food planned for the weekend sounds great!
 
petey 
Oct. 23, 2010 6:19 pm
Hope you feel better soon! Pneumonia is no fun. Sorry you missed the field trial, my motto is "maybe next year..." I love watching dogs work. Our friend the chef comes here to bird hunt every Jan and I love tagging along. Get well!
 
Oct. 24, 2010 4:28 am
I love to watch the dogs work, too. These are English Springers and are crazy to get out in that field to find those "planted" pheasants! I have gone duck hunting with my hubby just to watch our labs do their thing. Hubby will be bringing some of the pheasant home for us...
 
Oct. 25, 2010 7:47 am
:( For goodness sake, take it easy kid. You will be back in fine form soon and next year you can really knock them out with your kitchen art. Get well soon.
 
Oct. 25, 2010 12:19 pm
I'm kind of new to this site, but reading your blog, I just wanted to send best wishes. It is fortunate your husband is also a good cook! I hope you continue along the road to recovery. Be gentle with yourself. I hope to read more of your posts soon.
 
Oct. 25, 2010 12:29 pm
Wow, sorry to hear that all those special occasions were just survived instead of enjoyed to their fullest. Get better soon and rest!
 
Puck 
Oct. 25, 2010 12:42 pm
Wow, I certainly hope you get well soon! I get pnuemonia just about every other year...my asthma always really acts up in the fall and the spring, and inevitably I end up getting chest x-rays only to find I have pnuemonia. One year it happened when I had finals and I wore myself out studying and dragging my sorry self all over campus- I ended up being sick for over a month! Don't do that to yourself!!! Take care of yourself and take it easy even when you think you a feeling better. Best wishes :)
 
Oct. 25, 2010 12:57 pm
Thank you all for your kind thoughts! I am feeling better but taking all your advice and still taking it easy. All those leaves in the yard can just wait! :-)
 
Oct. 25, 2010 2:35 pm
Glad to hear you're on the mend. Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with. Why it always has to come knocking when we have big plans... I couldn't venture to guess.
 
Oct. 25, 2010 9:08 pm
Take it easy and feel better. I have had pneumonia and it is no fun. Makes you really sick and feel like you've been hit by a train. I am fighting something now. I love Fall & Winter but dread those viruses! Drink lots of water and take vita C
 
Oct. 27, 2010 9:53 am
Mum A - so sory to have missed your trials and tribulations recently. Please get better soon. And here's a huge Swiss (((((HUG)))))
 
Maisie M. 
Oct. 27, 2010 6:36 pm
Oh, Mother A, do please listen to the wise advice you've been given, to take it easy. I had pneumonia a year ago and it was months before I began to be my old self again. And there were horrible side effects from the antibiotics which lasted over six months. Do hope you make a good recovery. Hugs and a big God Bless.
 
cocojo 
Oct. 28, 2010 4:51 pm
yes, please be kind to yourself..it takes a while to get your energy back and you have Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up!...so rest now.
 
Oct. 29, 2010 3:28 am
Thank you everyone! I am rarely sick - it's been 7-1/2 years since my last sickness, but I am feeling just about 100% now. I even managed to cook twice this week and I helped with the leaves yesterday. I guess there will be no excuses and I'll have to do my weekend chores tomorrow!
 
Nov. 1, 2010 7:25 am
Happy Anniversary. Get Well. Congrats on working with the club and helping dogs reach their full potential. I'm glad you are feeling better. Hopefully where you work understands illness and will let you get the rest you need.
 
 
 
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