Omicron and first snow of 2022

I’m getting too old for this. 

At 68, when I consider all the possible outcomes and variants of this C19 virus, I’m glad it got to us after the cooled down version emerged.  It is, as claimed “like the flu”.  I’ve had some deadly flu in my life with temps of up to 104 that left me unable to even get up.   This virus with low grade fevers nonetheless leaves you listless and feeling weak.

Bob came down with it on Thursday and I came down with it the very next day, which was New Years eve.  We stayed in, laid low, kept bundled, took eight hour arthritis strength acetaminophen (for fever, aches and pains), drank a lot of water and sipped on homemade chicken soup.  To keep our lungs clear we used an inhaler and took Guaifenesin (expectorant).  Both of us battled waves of low grade fever and chills, and spent a couple of nights sleeping sitting up on the recliner.

It is a trickster!  Bob was feeling like he was on the downside of the beast, and then suddenly he got another low-grade fever and chills.

We would like to have been tested, but due to the holiday weekend, and the mass of sick people, well, you simply can’t get in for DAYS.  NOTE:  I was finally able to get in on January 5th and found that I did indeed have the C19 beast.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and good health in 2022

 

Mother Nature sent us snow for the New Year, and it was beautiful!  However, it was the wettest snow I have ever experienced.  It filled the fences, stacked up 8 inches high, and ripped the limbs off of my Dogwoods and the giant Holly trees here! (Trees were felled everywhere in our area.) I will share the photos and also say that I was glad this all happened in the night.  It was sad to see the carnage next morning, but it showed us a very dangerous flaw in the giant holly tree!!!  The largest branches and the crotch of the tree are ROTTING inside.  The lovely old lady will have to come down and we will be looking for another small shade tree  to replace it. Pictures are clickable, but I am having a bit of trouble with the editor again today.  sigh….

beautiful…

But dangerous!

I can do this!

The following is being typed wiht both hands.  I will not make a correction unless it comes out rude.  😉

It would seem that zi was suffering a miscommunication when zi talked to the Dr.  When he told me 2 months it was for the WHOLE PROCESS:  Surgery, cast, and physical therapy!

This means that the 10 days in the temp cast counts as week one and now I only have 3 weeks of cast torture to go.  We also discussed the Castrophobia issue and I found out it is common.  It is thought to be linked to the strong pain medications as well as the swelling.  Glad I din’t take the pain meds longer than I did or I might well have gnawed of the temp cast!  😛

On typing wiht both hands… The hard cast completely covers my thumb but leaves my fingers wiht less coverage and therefor more mobility!  So, since I’m under strict orders to keep those four fingers in action I am gyping.  Albeit, not very good typing.  😉

Still unable to take any pictures at all.  The weight of the camera is too great.  Sorry. But I can show you what it looks like, though on mine the thumb is completely covered.

And yes, it is pink,  though I toyed with the pink camo option for about a minute….  Yes there really is a pink camo option.
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Maybe it’s a southern thing?

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OK finger exercise session done for today.

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Castrophobia*

This will be short as I type with one finger.

Surgery seems to have gone well.  Pain meds had to be doubled the first two days, then only Tylenol, and since Friday no meds !  😀

Swelling was horrifying!  Fingers looked like Vienna sausages having no wrinkles at all!

Vienna sausage

Vienna sausage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swelling is now gone.  😀

Post-op visit today to remove stitches and get new permanent cast…

I hope I survive two months of this.  The temporary one has had me in moments of delirium because of the suffocating feeling and immobility it induces… I find that to be totally ironical having had bouts of agoraphobia over the last few years.  LOL!

*ON CASTROPHOBIA:  The real term is cast claustrophobia.   I was feeling the need to rip the thing off with my teeth on several occasions this past week.  Thankfully it went away spontaneously, by the end of the week, when the last of the swelling went down! I hope it really was swelling induced and will not return.  😯

Meanwhile, Bob will continue to do all my chores that require both hands.

BIG CHEERS FOR BOB!

Comments will of course cheerfully accepted, but won’t be responded to.  I’m sorry.

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Observations on getting sick.

Today’s post comes with a pre-warning:

If you are even in the least bit squeamish about being sick, then please just skip today’s drivel and whatever you do – do not watch the clip at the end of the post! 

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Yesterday, having been sick with a 24 hour stomach bug that at age 62 leaves you low for four days instead of one, I felt good enough to crawl out of bed, take a shower, and think about living again.  I had slept for nearly a solid 48 hours. Up for necessities, meds, water, and then back to sleep.  I was weak, achy, and moving slowly, but I did a bit of pushing the Swiffer to catch the *buffaloes that wafted by as I passed.  I sat down and ate a very light breakfast.

BTW, I haven’t mentioned that I got this nasty bacteria from Bob.  He got sick at work and they thought it was his hydration/low blood pressure problem again.  So they bundled him into an ambulance and back off to the hospital.  (Yes, another ambulance ride that will not be covered under our insurance.)  Once there, they again checked him for everything and found not much at all.  Suddenly, Bob announced that he had to “…get up NOW!”  Whereupon, he got very sick. In the aftermath of his episode the nurse and the Dr. looked pretty amazed by the mess. 

It was at this point that I recalled the scene in Stand by Me about the pie eating contest, and  I’ll tell you it was just like that! The bug that’s going around stops your digestive system in it’s tracks.  So, everything from the morning (including all the bottles of water he’d been drinking to stay hydrated all day) were stuck there and wanted out NOW.  It was nearly 4:00 pm. 

And he wondered why his stomach hurt so bad?  Poor baby!

Anyway, back to yesterday.  I then I got up and started a load of contaminated bedding, and cleaned the kitchen with a healthy dose of bleach in the water.  Being meticulous about giving every surface we may have touched the once over with hot, soapy, bleach water was gratifying.  From there I conquered all the switch plates and door handles throughout the house.  Time for another rest.  Then it was on to the bathroom, and more contaminated laundry with good hour rests between each task.  I felt I was vanquishing those little bastard bacteria who had invaded our bodies and made us so horribly ill!

By the end of the day our house smelled hospital clean,  and I was tired, but it was a good tired.  The activity of detoxing the house had bounced me back from my morning-after-illness-malaise and I just felt good!

DIE you mangy bugs, die!

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I suppose it goes without saying, that hand washing is especially important when this bug, or any bug, comes to town!

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Stay healthy out there!

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*aka: dust bunnies to you that don’t own a big wooly dog named Buddy.

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OK, and now for the point of reference for those who don’t know the story, and remember, you were warned. 😉

The Pie Eating Contest

It is sophomoric humor, I know, but I still think it funny… well, OK, maybe not so funny while we were going through it.