Slow Recovery

Slow Recovery

Monday, March 30, 2015

The flue is on its way out! Friday morning my temperature had returned to normal. I feel better every day. The cough lessens in severity every day. I still sound “stuffed up”.

It just above freezing out there today, and very, very windy. I had planned on running errands, but instead chose to spend another day bundled up and warm inside the house. Better to completely recover from this bug before risking another, or a chill.

Attila decided to drive down to see how I was doing on Saturday. He stayed overnight, and left just after lunch on Sunday. It had been three weeks since we last saw each other, so it was a special event. He did a few of the outside jobs that needed doing, so that I would not need to venture outside until I achieved complete recovery from the flu.

We had a nice dinner together, and a breakfast, and a lunch. Three shared meals, a rare treat these days. We watched a movie in the evening, but Attila fell asleep by 8:30 sitting in the chair, so I let him snooze while I finished watching the movie, then shooed him off to bed. He slept ten hours! I have always been in awe of how many hours Attila can sleep. Unless I am sick I can’t sleep that long. I wake up after six hours of sleep, occasionally seven hours, and if I am really, really, really tired, I might sleep eight hours. Attila loves his sleep, and it is well earned.

Attila has a few grand schemes in the works, if they pan out I’ll need to write about them. If they don’t pan out, I’ll need to forget about them, so I am not writing about them now.

We thought we would have a two day weekend together here at the little house in the city, over the easter holiday. Such was not to be. Attila works Saturday. He will make an overnight visit, arriving Saturday night, and leaving again in less than 24 hours. I admit to a rush of disappointment at the news. After Easter, we won’t see each other again until the end of April.

Terra and Janus have been vacationing in Panama for over a week, they will return home tomorrow. They called to say hello while Attila was here, we all had a nice chat. Terra sounds relaxed and happy, which is wonderful to hear. She was tired and worn down just before they left for their vacation. She works rotating shifts, and she has had a few non-life threatening health issues, which have been upsetting for her. They were having a wonderful time though, and loved the place where they were staying. She was missing all her pets, including Diesel, who are staying with various relatives and friends.

I have been doing some additional work on the website I recently designed. The owner was editing the site and something went wrong, it took some time to figure out what it was and get it set right. It is set right now.

Wednesday, April 2, 2015

My recovery has slowed to almost a halt, but no matter. I am no longer running a temperature, but I am cold almost all the time, the cough persists, as does the runny nose, and the headache. I am still wandering around inside the house wearing a heavy jacket and toque, otherwise I feel chilled. Turning up the thermostat doesn’t help, I need the extra clothing, and it does the job. This is completely new to me, this feeling chilled! Oh well, it could be so much worse!

I have been getting out for my daily walk, but avoiding contact with people in public places because I don’t want to catch anything else just now, and I don’t want to pass along what I have to others.

I did have to go out to the bank yesterday, needs must. I got some miserable paperwork processed at the bank, it was all just routine stuff, but had been postponed for a very long time, because I hate doing that sort of thing. It is done now!

Terra stopped by this morning. She has some personal health issues to deal with right now, very distressing for her, and for those who love her.

She said through her tears, “Sometimes you just need your Mom!” At that point we were both crying, and hugging. Life isn’t always fair, as those of us who are older, and many of us who are still young, know so well!

It isn’t life threatening, not to worry on that score, just very distressing. She will work through it though, all the rest of us can do is give her time, and lots of love and hugs.

I have an appointment with the Orthopaedic Surgeon later in April, and I will be glad when I get that sorted. I don’t anticipate any further medical intervention with the knee, but hope for a few words of advice on going forward. I will be going back to the physiotherapist again after my appointment with the Surgeon.

Every day I do the exercises the physiotherapist showed me, except one that causes shooting pains. I avoid that one! I can feel my muscles getting stronger, providing better support for those aching joints!

Worldly Distractions


Little House in The City
Date: 11:00 AM EDT Thursday 2 April 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 4.5°C
Dewpoint: -0.7°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: S 16 km/h

Country House
Date: 11:00 AM EDT Thursday 2 April 2015
Condition: Sunny
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 7.9°C
Dewpoint: -1.1°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: SSE 24 km/h


“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde
1854 – 1900

Hmmm… and those who dare to think not so well of others, are they the fearless members of society?


  1. The flu lingered forever on the mountain this winter – a harsh strain. I’m glad you are starting to feel better. Probably the best medicine was the opportunity to be with Attila.

    The quote made me smile. Someone once observed that believing in Karma is all about fear for the same reasons. 🙂

  2. Thanks Bex, it surely is a doozie, as you say! Although I still have symptoms, they are more annoying than anything else, lol. Hopefully next flu season the flu shot will be a bit closer to the target!

  3. Seeing Attila was a tonic Reenie, you are so right!

    I hadn’t thought of Karma in that way, and I can see how it makes sense. Sort of like the Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times!” No thank you!

  4. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    So sorry to hear that both you and Terra are unwell. Hugs to you both!

    Glad to hear that Attila was able to come down to see you, though your Easter visit will be shorter than you anticipated. He’s a sweetie, coming down because you weren’t feeling well.

    Sending best vibes for whatever plans Attila has in the works!

    LOL! That’s fascinating that the country house is warmer than the city house, today. Hope Attila doesn’t get flooded by the melt.

  5. Teri, Attila was a sight for sore eyes! I am very glad he is coming down again for an overnight visit, so soon. I think April will fly by if the weather stays nice, then I’ll be off in Tank to visit the north by the end of the month.

    It is a funny year, with the weather warmer in the north. Even with these warmer days there though, the snow still lies thick. While here at the little house in the city, it is melting fast!

  6. NORA

    Hi Maggie,

    I am sorry to learn that the nasty flu bug has been hanging on. I hope your recovery accelerates soon. Nice that Attila was able to visit and you shared so many meals together. Good medicine!

    I am glad that Terra’s health concerns are not life threatening. Sorry though that they are upsetting. I’m glad she and Janus got to enjoy Panama. That must have been a nice break for them.

    Yay for you starting to feel your muscles getting stronger! I don’t own a one.

  7. Hi Nora, nothing like a little human contact to round a person out! I was very glad to see Attila, and will be again on Saturday night!

    Terra will be OK, eventually. She managed to leave all the issues behind her when she was on vacation, thank goodness. Now she is back and really feeling it though.

    You don’t own a one! 🙂

    Funny how they escape over the years, those muscles! I’ve been doing the exercises for two months, and I am just beginning to notice a small difference. Rome was not built in a day! And neither will I be, lol.

  8. NORA

    I lost my muscle tone when I went off of birth control pills in my mid twenties. I don’t know why that was but it was. I have never been athletic so over time everything just went south. Now in my elder years I have to do something about it or I will be a sorry wreck!

  9. It has been my experience Nora, that to reclaim elements of my health, it is best to start slow, be kind to myself, be encouraging, and reward the small “baby steps” it takes to get going. Like priming a pump, it takes gentle coaxing and effort to lead the body back to a comfortable state.

    When I injured my back in the 90s I thought I would never be able to go for a walk again. It took more than a year to get to the point where I could make it to the end of the block. Things improved more quickly after that, but it was a challenge to “keep the faith” till I reached that point.

    The physiotherapist, for my knee, wanted me to jump right in with a rigorous schedule of exercise, I laughed. I told her, it wasn’t going to happen. Too much, too soon, I’d get discouraged and give it up entirely. I knew how much I could comfortably attempt in a day, and that is what I have been doing, and it is slowly improving my muscle tone. Doing a little bit is a big improvement over doing nothing, which is what I would be doing if I tried to meet the physio’s standards of progress.

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