Monday, January 10, 2011

~GETTING BETTER and PRESSING ON~

I promise you...I am never, ever going to take my health for granted again.  After being down for the count nearly every day since just before New Year's Eve, I feel like I have a new-found appreciation for wellness and life without medication.

Just before Christmas I spent some time visiting my longtime neighbor of 18 years.  She is a retired schoolteacher and has been one of my dearest friends since moving into our La Chaumière de Briarwood back in July of '92.  A couple of years ago she developed a serious lung condition and if I understand her illness correctly, it is like having chronic pneumonia and her prognosis for a full recovery is slim.  Save for the healing touch of God she will never live life without the aid of added oxygen again.  I was shocked when I saw how her health had declined and how very fast how all we know in life can change due to illness.

This morning as I gulped down two very strong antibiotics and swigged the nastiest tasting of all cough medicines, I found renewed thankfulness in seeing an end to the flu-madness that has gripped our home (and bodies).

Thank you again for your notes and prayers.  I keep saying we've 'turned the corner' on this horrible bug and that I believe our worst days are now behind us.  I pray it is true.  I hope to be back on top of my life this week even though I'm taking things slow.   Still, given my nature I can't wait to be back in the full-swing of things and return to life as I know and love it.

My hubby did return to work today and somehow, that in and of itself, helps me to feel that all is right and good.

Blessings to you.  I've been missing you more than I can say.

Love to you this awesome Monday...

29 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"I'm SO HAPPY you and yours are feeling better". I will keep you neighbor in my prayers... I do think that seeing your hubby go back to work and feel better helped you too... I always feel down when my family is sick... AND yes don't you feel WONDERFUL when you get better!!!
Be sure to keep taking care of yourself and take it easy(Dr Mom has spoken,hehe)!!!
Warm Winter Hugs to you,
Donna

Carol said...

So glad to hear you on finally on the mend. The right meds & rest can do wonders in fighting this horrible "BUG" that has gripped our area also.

We are trying to stay out of what I call the "coughing crowds". Just take it easy for a bit longer..we will all be here when you return in full force with a much rested body.
Carol from
Good'Ol Texas

luluslovlies said...

I'm so glad you are on the mend Rebecca, thank you for being my friend on FB and you are in my prayers for a speedy recovery. I'm still learning how to do this FB stuff so I really appreciate your support, hugs to you and go rest as life is fragile! Hugs Marilou

Mari said...

HELLO SWEET REBECCA :)

ITS GOOD TO KNOW YOUR GETTING BETTER :) AND THAT YOUR DEAR HUBBY IS EVEN WORKING AGAIN :) JUST GET PLENTY OF REST SWEETIE, THE FLU IS NOTHING TO TAKE LIGHTLY, IT BEATS ONE UP PRETTY BADLY!!!
TAKE YOUR TIME WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFE AND FAST RECOVERY SWEET FRIEND.....

HUGLETS~XOX~MARI

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

So happy to hear you and Mr. AGP are feeling better... it is awful to be so sick, especially over the holidays... rest up and we will chat soon!... xoxo Julie Marie

Theresa said...

Oh what a blessing that you are both feeling better! Sometimes we are forced to just slow down or STOP and rest! I will continue to pray for you and your sweet husband! My Dad had a lung disease that had him on oxygen for the last few years of his life! It really makes you appreciate good health! Have a blessed day dear friend and take really good care of yourself! HUGS!

stefanie said...

oh, I am so glad to here you are feeling better, thats along time to be sick!!!!! you still keep taking care of yourself!!!

Ginger said...

Miss R,
Oh I am so glad you are feeling better and Mr. APG man is also. Sorry I have not been commenting. Do you ever get in that mood when you just stalk the blogs and not comment? I think I am back in the groove now. Hope you get to feeling better and better. We have missed you.
Hugs and love
Ginger

Susan said...

I am so glad you and yours are feeling better. Our household has been sick too, me and hubby.

Lavender Cottage said...

A bout with the flu is miserable at the best of times but for both you and your hubby to be ill at the same time must have been terrible.
Sending get well wishes to your home in hopes that you will feel back to normal soon.
Very sad about your neighbour but she has a good friend in you.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh boy, have I learned that lesson! Nothing means anything if we don't feel good. Not even the most beautiful gems...
Glad you are perking up!!

Deanna said...

Rebecca,
Hang in there!
Everyday you are better. This stuff can sure take a toll.

I'm on day 13. Last night I didn't have coughing fits!!!
Good progress, but now Lil Miss is coughing. I am concerned about her health.

The play group she's a part of are getting seriously ill.

Appreciate your prayers,
d

Terra said...

Rebecca, it sounds like you are on the road to recovery, I am glad to hear, and that your husband returned to work. Sad about your friend.

NanaDiana said...

Hey Rebecca-Glad you are feeling better. I have to tell you that one of my father's favorite sayings was, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything". I didn't understand that as a kid but I sure do now...and working in the health care field...I am amazed to see how fast some people go downhill...and others that seem to be at the very edge of life make a full turn to recovery. The body is an amazing and awesome thing..and even when we have "given up" I do believe that God can step in and heal.

Bless you sweet friend- It will be good to see you back full force! Hugs- Diana

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm glad to hear you're turned the corner, Rebecca. I stayed in for three solid weeks (missing Christmas and New Years and all sorts of things), and I got out for a few minutes on Saturday and again today. But I'm worn out. I don't know what this virus was, but it was fierce. Don't overdo when you try to go back to work. Be kind to yourself.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Shirley said...

Rebecca, I am so glad that you and hubby are feeling better. A belated Happy Birthday to him. I am hoping that the flu shot that both my hubby and I took is the right one to keep us from getting the flu. I understand that it is nasty. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Lottie said...

I am so glad you are on the mend. It is terrible to hear about your neighbor. I will keep you both in my prayers.

Hugs,
Lottie

Marilyn said...

You are going to have to rest a bit longer, especially if you are finishing up with antibiotics. Do I sound like your mother? Oh well, maybe the big sister? Take care and don't have any relapses. ♥♫

Rita said...

Rebecca, how wonderful that you have befriended a precious elderly lady. I think as we age, we realize just how very important friendships are. I hope she gets better right along with you and hubby! Glad he was finally able to go back to work. Hang in there! Feel much better soon.

Jean Tuthill said...

Glad you are on the mend! Stay warm and feel better!

Anonymous said...

DEAR REBECCA... GLAD YOU ARE BETTER AND YOU HONEY;;JUST TAKE IT SLOW AND EASY.... THIS STUFF IS ROUGH.. I HAD THE FLU AND NOW MY HUSBAND DOES... I AM ALMOST OVER MINE BUT I WENT TO THE DR... AND MY HUSBAND WON'T GO... ISN'T THAT JUST LIKE A MAN?? GET BETTER AND BETTER... LOHOMA

Vintage Gal said...

So glad you are feeling better. Take is slow and don't over do it! Before you know it ~ you'll be back in full swing. ;-)
Marianne

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I got sick right before New Years too and it has been one long, ugly cough fest. I am finally feeling better and ready to get out and now I may be snowed in for a couple of days....I am so ready to get out of the house! I am glad you are feeling better. I agree on never taking your health for granted...it is a gift to have good health!~Hugs, Patti

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

So glad to hear you are starting to feel back in the "PINK" (wink, wink). It is times like this when we realize just how fragile we are and realize that we can't take our health for granted. It sounds like this flu is going to be one of those flus that you will never forget how sick you were. I had a flu like that about 20 years ago and to this day I can still remember how sick I was.
Big hugs, Sue
P.S. I will be posting again soon. All is very well with me.

Tanza said...

Hi my friend,
Sooo happy you are both feeling better .. I MiSS you soo much !! I can't believe how fast time goes .. I've finally cleaned up, and cleaned up some more after all the holiday madness !! Always FuN, BuT, boy am I glad to be back in the normal mode ..

I will get back to this whole bloggy thing, it's just life gets busy, and something has got to take the back seat, I know you understand as always .. Missed all of you soo much, and feel so kinda out of the loop !!

Have a happy evening sweet one, and get to making some pretties up for mee :)LoVe and HuGs as always
~ TeA~ Xo

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweets!
I am so glad to read you are on the mend! It really does make us appreciate our health differently when we have been down...or know of dear ones who are struggling.

Trust me I KNOW that feeling too. Between a sinus infection, death of grams, travling (up/down in airplanes), a root canal from h*ll and now both of my fam dealing with colds...well I am looking so forward to SPRING and warmer weather!

Mend well my friends and get a creatin again soon!

Hugs...Lorena

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

So glad for you that you're almost back on top of the hill... It is hard for being in the valleys of life. Great that Steve is back to work too.
I don't even recall, IF, with so many things having happened, but I do have a Giveaway of a 925/000 silver angel. Ending on January 25 so there is still plenty of time to sign up. The button to the left of my blog brings you to that blog for signing up.
And I do have the 'R' alphabet angel as well; looks like you could use one.
We all can use one...!

Let's count all our blessings and tackle the year from there; one day at a time.

Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Grannys Attic said...

So happy you are on the road to a speedy recovery. Glad your hubby felt like going to work today, hope he had a good day. Just take it slow so you can get back to 100% better. Sending prayers, Vicky

Tina Eudora said...

I am so glad to hear that you and your family are starting to recover Rebecca! You are never far from my thoughts and prayers and I know you will be at full strength soon...much love and kind wishes to you today!
Tina xo

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