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Coming Back.

So. I have thought several times about what to say concerning my absence of almost three weeks here. To say I have been sick is a gross misunderstatement. I have been sicker than I have ever been, and for longer than anything has ever lasted. I say that as a veteran of my share of ear, eye, and sinus infections. Childbirth? Bring it on. Broken bone? Simple.

Sinus infection, though, is notoriously hard to cure, and apparently this ONE sinus infection moved in and set up house and has refused to budge. Two weeks in a miserable haze of pain and sickness and the hopelessness and helplessness that comes along. Two weeks without a sense of taste or smell, or even the sense that I was ever going to feel better again. Just in bed. Truly I haven’t even saved out any words that are right for describing it. I rigged up some relief from the pain in my head and face - for several nights I put a wet washcloth on my face and put my heating pad over it to keep it warm. Then with headphones in (why does any noise just HURT sometimes?) I listened to the excellent Scottish voice of Andrew Johnson in his Relax+ app.

On Monday I started my 2nd round of antibiotics after the first one failed. My doctor assured me that “this stuff will kill anything”.

Two days ago I woke up. I woke up and looked outside and the sun was there. I went downstairs and ate what is possibly the most delicious saltine cracker that has ever existed. It was manna. I will confess that I wept a little.

It’s indescribable the hope that comes with feeling a little better. And the blessings I can count, now that I can count again. I  have been protected, kept safe, and watched over by friends and family and God in His heaven. I’m humbled to my depths for all those little blessings (the ability to walk up and downstairs without dizziness? the ability to fold my own clothes? and let’s not forget that saltine cracker), and so, so grateful to be coming back. 

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Reader Comments (17)

Glad you are feeling better!
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
Goodness! So glad you are recovering!
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny B.
Oh Jess, didn't realize you were that sick. thank goodness you are healing now. ~Ann
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Daly
So grateful for you. There is nothing more helpless than to have your trusted body take a route of it's own with you as an unwilling passenger. Be well. Be patient. You're on the road to recovery!
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonda
So glad you are well.
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmyMpls
So glad the worst is hopefully over. I can relate a little as I have spent the last month at the hospital watching my 20 year old granddaughter suffer horrible pain. I know how precious that HOPE of coming back is. I will remember you in my prayers!
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
So glad you are on the road to recovery! I've never had sinus problems much, but I used to have massive migraines, so I can kind of relate. It makes you count your blessings. Your presence has been missed.
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan K
Oh Jessica, soooo glad you are on the road to recovery. Nothing like being sick to make us appreciate all the "little" things we take for granted everyday...(like that little saltine cracker). Bless you and be well!
February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl :)
So glad you are better! Sinus infections are the worst! Take it easy and get back to 100% - we have some planning to do, GF!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
So glad to hear you are feeling better.
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartha B
Sounds like a character building time, not that you need any! Glad you're able to function again! Enjoy!!!
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth G
Welcome back Ms. Jessica. We have missed you and hope you are back to your zippy self in short order!
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Welcome back to the land of the living!
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimber
Wow, so glad you have survived. It sounds like it was awful.
February 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjane
Goodness, what a awful way to spend a day let along three weeks. Glad you are feelong better.

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
I missed you! So glad you are feeling better!
February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
So glad that you are feeling better. Sometimes these illnesses can really bring us down & break our spirit. Enjoy the moments ahead. I'm sure that you are looking at each day with a renewed eye.
March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJules

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