The past couple of weeks have been really hard. I came down with a nasty flu that developed into pneumonia. My days were filled with doctor’s appointments, bed rest, and wondering if I’ll ever be able to take a full breath again without hacking up a lung. There were points where I was so exhausted, I couldn’t move…and the inevitable day where I felt so depressed, I ended up breaking down to my husband, wailing about my miserable health and whether or not I’d get fired for missing so much work.
I’m really lucky/blessed. I’m surrounded by family and friends that love me and support me. In fact, on my birthday, I received so many phone calls (yes – people still use phones!) wishing me well, so many emails and texts, and lovely sentiments on Facebook, that I was so filled with warmth and happiness…the first time in two weeks. I truly feel that the outpouring of love was the turning point in this whole pneumonia ordeal. The morning of my birthday, the first call I received was from my friend Alyssa who immediately started singing “Happy Birthday” the minute I picked up the phone. I started crying (I’m a wimp). We both laughed as I started apologizing frantically as Alyssa started screaming: “OH NOOOO! Don’t cry!!! Dom! I’m sorry!!” In fact, I’m typing this and laughing my butt off again. Wow. I was such an emotional wimp.
On top of the pneumonia, my Dad had a bit of a scary health setback that shook me to the core. It made me really sit and think about how lucky we all were that he recovered quickly, and how much I would have missed my Dad if things really went south. He’s back up and feeling great, but wow. It really put things into perspective. It really pulled my family together too. It was lovely to see now that I look back at it.
Today, I’m feeling about 90%. I’m no longer coughing non-stop, and I’ve reduced my meds on my doctor’s approval. I’m looking forward to “returning to the living” and getting back to normal. With Christmas on the horizon too, I’m so thankful that Dad is ok, that Erika will be coming home for Christmas, that my sister-in-law and her husband will be joining us too and that everything is all good.
So, I’m going to take this time now to thank all of you for following my blog, for reading and enjoying my little stories and for leaving uplifting comments and birthday wishes across all of my social platforms. Tonight, while celebrating my birthday with my friends, I will raise a glass of San Pellegrino to you all.