Hello, it’s me. Or some slightly lighter, slightly paler, hugely more exhausted version of me. I’ve been “other” this past 8-9 days and am now slowly coming out of what the doctor thinks is probably norovirus, although it took more than a week for them to come to that conclusion and no amount of endless frustration on my part being given different advice each time I called them.
I can honestly (and fortunately) say that I’ve never been so ill, ever. So ill that I haven’t slept properly for a week and had no energy to even get out of bed and no interest in doing anything – worklife, homelife, bloglife. It’s all been on hold as I’ve resorted to lying in bed in pain and watching crap film after crap film in between dashes to the bathroom. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy and at my lowest ebb wondered if it was ever going to go away and whether now was time to get Pete to take me to A&E.
Finally today I’ve started feeling more “me”, actually felt like eating and drinking and getting out of bed, reading and writing and catching up with things. It’s still not over, I’m still half a stone down on what I was 10 days ago but it’s not as bad and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Through it all though there’s been lots of thinking time and whilst I hope to never, ever see norovirus again, I’m so grateful for everything: my kind neighbours for taking me to the doctor when I had no energy to get out of the front door; our lovely bedroom which although needs so much doing to it has big windows on either side so when you are lying in bed, you look straight out and watch the huge oak trees at the bottom of the garden swaying in the breeze; Sky TV for keeping me entertained when I couldn’t lift my arms to read a book or magazine (yes we have a TV in our bedroom, I know it’s controversial for a lot of people who say it’s damaging to relationships but well, our 9th wedding anniversary is fast approaching so we’re doing ok); finding a new inner strength I didn’t know I had to see me through hours of pain and of course my wonderful husband who has worried about me, nursed me and put up me with through a really horrible 10 days.
So as always, every cloud has a silver lining and things will be back to normal very soon. In fact, thank you to Haagen-Dazs for sending me a little delivery today to cheer me up – their latest flavour Mango & Raspberry to try. I think I’ll wait until the weekend just to be safe but oh so tempting!
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