Monday, March 7, 2011

Holy Sickness

I have not been this sick in a long time. Not that I'm on my deathbed or anything, but I'm a generally healthy person and this virus or whatever is one nasty little monster. I've been "under the weather" for over a week, the worst hitting last Thursday and barely letting up today. Fever, congestion, sore throat, hacking cough, headaches, vertigo, and more. And not just for me, but for my whole family. It's been quite the party, trying to take care of two sick babies and a sick husband as well. It's almost hilarious, how miserable we've all been.

But times like these always leave me feeling extremely grateful for the health I do enjoy regularly. Not to say I'm glad to be sick, but I am reminded just how great it is to be well. It's something so easily taken for granted when you have it all the time, and I really need to treasure my health more often.

Because right now? Man, I'd be happy if I could muster enough energy to write more than a paragraph. Or if I could go for a walk without hacking up half a lung. Of if standing to do dishes didn't mean going for my own personal carousel ride.

It's funny how we humans tend to forget how good we have it until something bad happens. I try not to be like that, but it's inevitable in ways. It's so easy to forget the wonderful things when we're always being told there is stuff that will make our lives even better. So it's times like these when I sit back and remember how good I have it. Of course things aren't perfect, but they are good and I'll take it.

22 comments:

  1. I can definitely understand, Natalie. My husband and I both got swine flu a couple years ago, and I tell you what... we weren't so much living as surviving for that week. Being sick has a silver lining, though, because once you are better, you really appreciate it - at least for a little while. ;) It's kind of like the seasons - I can't stand winter, but it really makes me appreciate milder weather.

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  2. And feel better soon, you, husband, Dino Boy, and Ninja Girl!

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  3. Ugh. Being sick sucks. Having an entire sick family sucks even more :(

    Feel better!!

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  4. OH, man. I had this a couple of weeks ago and it was brutal. I hope you feel better.

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  5. It's times like these when you realise you just can't function properly without your health.

    Get better soon!

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  6. Aw, feel better, Natalie. The stomach virus hit our house full force last week. It's been a rough winter. Looking forward to sun and spring and feeling better!

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  7. This sounds exactly like I felt after the Breathless Reads event! Sorry if I passed it to you...

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  8. I hope, if you're the one taking care of everyone else, that means you're the healthiest! I also hope that you're better soon.

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  9. Dear Natalie's Infection,

    LEAVE HER ALONE.

    Love,
    Sara

    Dear Natalie's Immune System,

    Dude. Seriously. What are we paying you for?

    Love,
    The Girl Who Needs Her Healthy By Saturday

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  10. Feel better. And yes, health is relative. My husband has chronic lung problems so I know to appreciate his good days.

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  11. Totally feel you on this post. Until I tore my ACL last March I took things like walking for granted. Hope you and your family get well soon.

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  12. I hope you feel better soon! I was sick earlier in the week with some kind of stomach flu. The kind that leaves you achy and sore a couple days after all the vomiting. Yay. It is nice being generally healthy and we do realize what we have after we're sick for a week.

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  13. Ooh shame! I hope you feel better soon.

    :-)

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  14. Hope you feel better. You're absolutely right, people do often forget how many things they take for granted.

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  15. Being sick stinks. Get better soon.

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  16. I hope you are feeling better. If it makes you feel better, I have an award for you over at my blog. (I love your blog btw). http://caenus.blogspot.com/2011/03/woo-hoo-two-awards.html

    ~Cheers

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  17. I hate sick. I hope you get to enjoy being healthy again soon. Just in time for the weather to warm up :)

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