Apperciation Post: Christmas Sickness Edition

For the last 6 months or whatever it adds up to be, I’ve been trying remember to write down three things I’m thankful for each day. December 13th was my last entry. I spent the 14th through 16th working hard on renovations and unpacking in my new place, and each day I was so exhausted I went to bed early, thinking I would write them down the next day. On the 17th I was hit hard with a flu.

Now, something I’ve alluded to but haven’t written directly about is the fact that I have an illness. It’s a bit of long story and it’s not something I want to go into detail in this post, but it’s the reason I wanted to focus on three good things a day. It’s the reason I started this blog. The short of it is I have an auto-immune disease. I’m mentioning this now so that maybe you’ll understand; when I get sick, I don’t just have the virus or bacteria to deal with, I have my own body fighting against me too. The flu may be gone now, but it will be weeks before my body is back to normal.

This flu knocked me on my backside and I wasn’t able to get out of bed, much less to write down the things I was thankful for. In truth, some days I felt like I had nothing to be thankful for at all. But now, after 12 days, the haze of fever has left me and I can see the things I should thankful for.

Today I’ll write a massive list of things the last 12 days has left me thankful for instead of trying to think of just three for each day.

I’m thankful for…

  • Still being alive.
  • This flu could have been much worse.
  • Having a warm place to be sick in.
  • My cough did not turn into bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • My mother for covering me with 4 blankets when I was cold and taking them away when I was hot.
  • My mother for making me food and feeding me in bed.
  • My mother for bringing me water and juice and tea.
  • My brother for putting up with me and trying to entertain me.
  • My father for trying to understand what auto-immune diseases are.
  • My father for trying to be helpful when he could.
  • All my family home for Christmas.
  • A wonderful Christmas dinner and feeling well enough to eat at the dinner table with everyone.
  • Feeling well enough, long enough, to join in opening presents after dinner.
  • The love and warmth and well wishes from friends.
  • My kidneys are still working.
  • My lungs don’t seem to be affected by the auto-immune flare up.
  • The second doctor I saw understood my situation and offered to be my GP directly, as there is a long, long waiting list.
  • My old health care still covers me.
  • The two nights I did not have night sweats.
  • Sleep when I could get it.
  • Finally having the energy to be able to get up and get a glass of water for myself.

I’m sure there’s much more, but I’m tired and this laptop is heavy. I’m going to try to sleep.

I hope you had a Happy, Healthy Holiday.   c:


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