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Sunday, December 23, 2012

So this is my plan...

I'm going to pretend that this past week is just starting and that we are still 10 days away from Christmas.  That way I have plenty of time to do lots of baking, keep up with the snow shovelling, and enjoy the week.  There will be a tiny glitch in this plan though, because I will be expected to visit my dad on Tuesday--and we all remember how well that went last year!

Why this plan? Because last Sunday I started to cough, and by Monday I had a nasty, awful, debilitating influenza.  I guess it's the flu, because if this is a cold--yikes!!  The coughing has been horrible, almost non-stop at times, has given me sleepless night after sleepless night until a couple of nights ago, and has rendered me so exhausted I couldn't do a thing. The headache, the achy legs, and feeling of malaise are gone now.  But the cough carries on--deep rooted in the chest but causing the throat to be raw, because of all the coughing. I should have 6-pack abs by now from all that abdominal tightening from hacking up a lung and part of the stomach!! Hahaha!! I hear the cough sticks around for a least a month--oh goody! We can become very good friends!! I have lost another 5 pounds too--which is good. I'm getting down to where I want to be--but that's a topic for another post!!

Now if you think I've had it rough, let me tell you about Dave.  So he got some kind of cold, but was getting over that and then went to BC to help out his uncle while his aunt was in the hospital.  He came back with an intestinal bug--in fact it attacked him on the road.  Imagine stopping on the Trans Canada Highway and having to upchuck! Fun!! He got back the day before my birthday but stayed in Olds to get over that bug.  By the time he was feeling better, I'd come down with my bug and we missed his birthday!! Then he got hit with a problem which has been plaguing him on and off since he started getting Avastin shots in his eye--extreme fatigue, shortness of breath.  Many of his symptoms sound like COPD or Congestive Heart Failure.  I've nagged for months about him making an appointment with the Carpenters, but he never would.  He finally did last week and has one Monday morning at 9.  But we've been having snow for a couple of the days, the highway's not great, and with his fatigue, he may not be able to come. Now if he made an appointment months ago? Yeah, well, whatever! I think he needs to get detoxed from the Avastin. Here are some links to read about this delightful drug:
He went to the hospital in Olds 2 days in a row but never got to see a doctor.  There are no more clinics in Olds, so anyone needing to see a doctor has to go to emergency at the hospital. The wait times are unreal. Dave is not the most patient (no pun intended) person in the world, so you can imagine his temper!

So now you can see why I'm having a re-do of last week and having Christmas whenever we can manage to finally have it--and our birthdays too!

I'll leave you with a couple of photos of Jacqueline and I.  It was just the best gift in the whole wide world that she came over for my birthday and I sure didn't want her to leave!! We saw The Hobbit on December 14 at the North Edmonton Cinemas (that's where we were Jane, while you were at South Edmonton Common!!) and I enjoyed it.  Now we have to wait a year for the next installment!!
Celebrating my birthday at a wonderful Persian restaurant called Sabzy Persian Grill. We always went out together for our birthdays--both birthdays often with the coldest temps and snow storms!!  It was so nice to be able to do this again--the dinner, not the cold and snow!!!! I can't wait to take Dave here for our combined birthday dinner!

At Jacqueline's in-law's house. Good color coordination with the sweaters eh??!!

Merry Christmas to all, and may your holiday season be filled with good cheer, good friends, family, and good dogs!!



Jane of The Jewels said...

Oh my, I can certainly understand why you're having a re-do. I sure hope you'll both be feeling much better very soon.

On a happier note, so nice to see pics of Jacqueline & yourself. She's a wonderful friend to brave winter when she could have been enjoying summer temps at home - and to travel so far... it's quite the journey.

Merry Christmas and blessings in 2013!! Love your cute header pic :)

JM said...

The new ten day plan sounds good. December 25th was just picked arbitrarily after all. I can think, as a bonus, that you can hit the Boxing Day sales for Christmas gifts. :)

I hope you're both much better soon and can go out for that combined birthday dinner and Christmas festivities. Good luck with the visit to your dad. ;)

Thanks, Jane. I wouldn't have missed Dianne's 60th for anything, but it is also lovely to be back home with summer temps, flowers blooming, shorts and sandals and all that. And the beach...ah.


Get well, that is what is important.

Have a Merry Essexmas

Essex & Sherman

onecollie said...

oh my!!!! you do have it bad! :9
hugs & well wishes that you get over this soon!!!

Collie222 said...

Sounds like you have had more than your share of illness! Hope you are fully recovered for tomorrow!

I loved The Hobbit, but I wish the next movie was out this summer!

Squishy said...

You plan sounds wonderful!! Have a wonderful Christmas WHEN you do celebrate it!!