Sunday, April 7, 2013

Waiting for a Day of Rest

Well, my first week of the A-to-Z Challenge went pretty well. Posts all went up on time, and only one had catastrophic formatting issues. I actually used an image on Saturday. Almost almost to the Bronze Age of the internet, which is pretty good considering how my physical week went.

Friends know that last weekend I had to travel out of state for several days to take care of my grandmother. She had a terrible health scare, and while I won't repeat everything that was hypothesized, I will say how relieved I am that most of it was false. She's in stable condition now, under 24-hour care, back on solid food and much more lucid. She loved having her grandkids check on her over Easter.

But spending the weekend at the hospital wing is hazardous for someone with my syndrome. By Day Two, my immune system tanked and I was sniffling. I barely returned home on Monday before collapsing from what I thought was a chest cold. It turned out to be a chest cocktail with a key ingredient: a lung infection.

I'm sorry if my Twitter or blog comments have read loopy. It's certainly thrown a kink into my fiction submissions, but I managed to get all my posts in. My mother was kind enough to drive me to and from the hospital twice during this mess.

Today Mom called with a frog in her throat. Looks like her kindness was rewarded with a lung ailment of her own. We can guess where she got it. So I'm driving her to the hospital Monday morning.

"No good deed..." That stupid phrase really picks up momentum as you get older.

How was your first week? And how did you think I did?


  1. Yikes! I hope your Mom gets better fast. Despite all that, I think you did a great job. Keep it up and you'll have the challenge in the bag. =)

  2. Wow, I'm so sorry! I'm glad your grandmother's ok now though. I have to go back and read some of your fiction this week, as I got caught up with other things.

    Feel better!

  3. That sucks. I remember having terrible pneumonia two years ago when I was living abroad. It's horribly uncomfortable because you can't breathe! Make sure to get plenty of rest and don't push yourself. Recovery is your first priority.

  4. Sod the blog, you focus on getting better!

  5. I think you did splendidly, all things considered. Icy said it perfectly: sod the blog and focus on health.

  6. Echoing everyone else. Sod the blog - you are much, much more important. You rocked last week's posts, but at a very real cost. Please look after yourself. We will be happy to wait.

  7. Even when ill and absent, you blog more than most of us! So I think you should feel pretty proud of that.

    Not sure about 'sod the blog'. Obviously your health is the more important of the two but I think sometimes being able to do something like this can help lift us when things are tough.

    Even though your family are having a tough time at the moment, I do think its great how you're all pitching in to help each other out.

  8. Sorry to hear that! There are those periods that last long sometimes! I hope yours will end soon! Good luck and keep going with your good job here!

  9. I agree that is is a great thing to be able to help each other out. I wouldn't BE here, writing, if not for my oldest sons.

    jean yates

  10. I'm so sorry to ehar about you and your mother's health issues, though very glad that granny is doing better. I think her scare for far more serious (not that "lung infection" sounds good, either- please take care!)

    I prescribe as much sleep as you can get (easier said than done when your breathing is iffy, I know) and lots of echinacea tea.


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