And I didn't even ask for it.
Now that I'm on the mend it seems a little silly to dwell on a crummy little virus but the fallout is worthy of mentioning. First I must say, I, in no way, equate my very minor illness with the major illnesses some people are battling, particularly people very close to me. And, may I add, how much I admire them for their strength and patience, which has been an inspiration to us all.
Fortunately I have been blessed with a strong immune system, which I attribute to working closely with people, particularly children, for so many years. I haven't had a cold like this in years. When I have even a hint of a scratchy throat or drippy nose I dose up with: water, citrus drinks, tea, echinachea, zinc and get a lot of sleep and if I do actually get a cold it's very minor. Well this one was determined to bring me down no matter what I did. So I floated through the holidays on a Kleenex cloud wrapped in the aroma of Mentholatum.
It's not what I had in mind. I had big plans for the last two weeks (like writing several blogs) and they didn't include "becoming one" with the couch and watching re-runs of Hallmark Christmas movies that were bad the first time around. On the upside I could drift in and out of my stupor and not lose track of the plot.
It is amazing what the human body is capable of or I was the lucky recipient of a couple of fantastic coincidences. It just so happened that on the three occasions I needed to deliver: two major gatherings at my home and another at a family member's, I had enough of a reprieve (and champagne) to host and attend as if nothing was wrong with me. (At least that's how it appeared to me.) Although, my familiar refrain became....don't touch me, no hugs, no kisses, I promise, I washed my hands a zillion times and I hope I didn't give you a cold.
What this little bout did for me was make me very mindful of my health and grateful for the good health I generally enjoy. "Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone," is playing in my head. In addition, this came about when all the major tasks were completed and I had 2 weeks off of one of my jobs. As often the case, as soon as you let down...ready to party...those rascally little germs decide to do the same thing.
I haven't talked to everyone I came in contact with in the last two weeks but as far as I know no one has come down with the "Cold From Hell". As a gift, it is truly one that keeps on giving and I hope I never receive it again or have the opportunity to pass it on. This is not something you want to regift.
Here's wishing us all a Prosperous, Peaceful, Joyous and Healthy New Year!