I have been sick with the bug, commonly known as c. difficle, which can overtake one's gastrointestinal tract, as the result of taking certain antibiotics. After three visits to the emergency department of my hospital, I met a wonderful specialist, who put me on a new medication, and admitted me to the hospital for several days. I am so grateful for him and the amazing nurses who cared for me, and got me back on my feet to being better.
I've been off work since then until we can be sure I don't pose a risk to passing the bug onto anyone else.
So, what does one do, once beginning to feel healthy, but needing to keep alone - to try using the time in a meaningful way?
My son, Paul , noticed I was feeling down for a couple of days after first coming home - I had started reading some information about this medical condition on Google, and alot of it was quite negative. Paul and I chatted about this casually in the car, one day, and we both agreed that there is a possibility, that most of the people who might choose to post on these sites, are those who are having more difficulties and adverse experiences with the treatment - that there well may be more people who have been successfully treated, but they tend not to write about this. And as well, Paul tactfully pointed out that a negative mood may prevent one from recovering - that those with a more positive frame of mind would possibly recover more quickly.
So, that afternoon, I decided that walking outdoors every day, and really breathing would be a good first step. I would hold positive thoughts such as trust in the doctor, and the treatment, belief in my body's ability to bounce back - at least this would be more uplifting then dwelling on possible failure.
I started to watch one movie an evening - and I began to watch movies I owned, and knew would be uplifting or distracting - Mama Mia!, which has so much to like in it - the scenery, the music, the comedy - Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth.The next evening was Apollo 13, which I have always liked for the story; all around amazing acting - Tom Hanks; and the historical significance. I haven't watched a movie every evening, but those first few days, I found watching got my mind off me.
I AM a reader, and as Paul is too, he next suggested I read Always Looking Up, by Michael J. Fox - and this certainly did help me - just reading of what this funny, down to earth man has overcome, and overcomes every day, and how he's worked for his cause, and his beautiful family, as well as his reflections on faith and hope.I enjoy biographies and autobiographies always, and always enjoy when photos are included, and there are some lovely pictures of Michael's family.
I feel a connection to this actor, as Paul, my son watched, Family Ties reruns every day after school, before I got home from work, and I always felt he was getting a healthy dose of humour, and it certainly wouldn't hurt him to watch it. (He also would watch The Cosby Show.) Further, Michael's character, Alex P. Keaton, from Family Ties, always brought to mind for me my youger brother, Jeff, who seemed to have been cut of the same cloth in his adolescence.
Michael grew up in Canada, in a relatively large family, and seems to have kept close to his roots, and family. I feel he is a genuinely good person, and a family man, and that is very refreshing.
Next, once my appetite returned, I began to think about how I eat, I've started to experiment with soy milk,
and preparing healthy vegetarian meals.When I first came home, I read this book thoroughly from cover to cover.A good friend, Geraldine Hartman created this lovely book - and there are many temping recipes, I plan to try.
I purchased this cookbook from Geraldine last year for myself, as well as one for a friend, and I'm so glad that I did. Just reading her recipes, and looking at the attractive photographs of the dishes, really helped me to get an appetite back.
Her book, Not Just for Vegetarians - Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way, can be ordered over at her blog, Veggie's, Yarns, and Tails. Go over and visit, and I know you'll enjoy your experience!
Being at home most of the day, has allowed me to get to know the cats much better than I think I had before.What do Herbert and Arthur do all day?
Here is an interesting shot - Herbert was staring intently at the computer screen, as a c.d. was playing along with a slide show. Yes, Mr. Chedder - Herbert seems to have been grooving to the music of Matt Dusk.When I attempted to get a picture of Herb staring straight at the screen, in total concentration, he objected, and turned to glare at me. He soon jumped down, and pretended to have nothing to do with the music at all.
I received this c.d. as a birthday gift, this past week (my birthday is abit earlier in April), and I am thoroughly enjoying his music. My favourites are On the Street Where You Live, (a tune from My Fair Lady), and More. This very young singer has a very accomplished style in the Big Band tradition, which makes him very unique, and he's definitely made this music his own as well. I've been listening to this, and have found myself dancing in the kitchen, and singing along, which has to be good for my health!!
Now, back to what the cats seem to do all day - they like to wake up at 4:00 A.M., and have breakfast, and then once they've eaten, and I can't return to sleep, and so have started my day, they then curl up on my bed, or the couch, and have a long nap.At least the sun is up, and the birds are singing.
Later, the cats might move from one comfortable place to another and nap.
Herbert likes to come and lay on my right arm if I am typing on the computer.
And they engage in very interesting varieties of play. Body language is used very skillfully by both, and it is quite mesmerizing to watch.
|Herbert is quite often the instigator - here he is standing in an invitation - "Ready to play - tough guy?"|
|Here it is easy to see Herberts greater size to Arthur.|
|First point of contact, and Arthur is no pushover.|
|More posturing here by Herbert, and Arthur seems to follow the way of judo, to play from a point of weakness. He certainly has no fear of his older, quite benign companion.|
|Here, Herbert has noticed that I am pointing the camera at him. Shortly after, the two went their separate ways.|
I have enjoyed writing and sharing here once again. Really, I felt it might be a good outlet for me - lately I think I may have been wearing my son down, with all my opinions and observations on this and that.
So, I believe I may find myself posting here now and then. If you choose to read along that will be a bonus for me!
I have been following along with many blogs, and just in the past few days, have begun to comment, and really, it is a joy, to follow others, and feel connected to the amazing, creative, and talented world of so many bloggers.
. There is so much to enjoy, and experience in our world. Let's hope and believe in our fellow human beings, and ourselves, to find solutions and resolutions that will heal our earth, and especially to find peaceful solutions in the troubled countries of our planet.
I know that I am one of the fortunate ones, to live in North America with peace, and access to clean water, ample food; and fine medical care. I plan to try to give back as soon as possible - I know that there are several organizations which provide funding for simple kinds of medical care in the developing world, such as anti-diarrhea medicines, and tablets for water purification, and as well programs which build wells for clean water - so this I believe will be one thing I can do to give back for my good fortune, and to people who don't have the access to what I do living in North America. It's a small thing, but still a start
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, and thanks for reading here!