It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I wish I could say that I have just been very busy and only now have had time to sit down and write. That actually is true, but there is more to the story. We have been sick here, very sick. I came down with it first, only a couple of days after my last post. Paulette got it about five days later and Sandy had a brush with it, too, although she never had the cough and congestion that Paulette and I contracted.
This bug has been going around. My doctor says it’s a virus but did not call it the flu. Many who have had it that I know have referred to it as the flu. First you start aching and get a fever. These symptoms are soon joined by diarrhea, upset stomach and then the most massive cold type symptoms I’ve experienced in years. Your chest is filled with congestion and it’s hard to breath. The first several days of this and you can’t lie down to sleep at night because of the sensation of a very heavy weight on your chest and the wheezing. It feels as though you will suffocate if you lie down. The recliner was my salvation and later helped Paulette, too.
Paulette ended up going to the doctor twice and the emergency room once. I got off with just two trips to the doctor. Thank God it’s over for me and Paulette is on the tail end of it.
Of course, it could not have come at a worse time for me. I mentioned in my last post that this is always a busy time of year for me at the marina. I generally lose my assistant every year just before the marina goes into the longer hours of operation that stretches through summer and beyond. It’s usually not because they are unhappy; they just realize that there is little room for promotion. I plan on keeping this job for some time to come and they want to move on to a position somewhere that offers more room for growth. This year was no exception.
I cannot tell you how much fun it was interviewing applicants while I sat there sweating with fever and working seven day work weeks a couple of weeks in a row. I was able to take two days off at the beginning of the illness, but then I had to work straight through this past Sunday. I am well now and recovered. I have a newly hired, but quickly trained, assistant with two more new hires starting mid week this week.
Yesterday was a day filled with three weeks worth of errands and chores. Today I get to rest and finally post a new entry in this journal. Oh, don’t bother suggesting I take a flu shot next year. I already plan to. I hate shots, but if it will prevent what I just went through, sign me up!
Under the very best of circumstances, I don’t do sick well. To have to work expanded hours while I was sick and seven days a week, to boot, really put me off my game. I have not been online longer than it takes to do a quick check of Email over the past few weeks. I have not been able to concentrate on this small screen long enough to read journals so I have not even tried. I hope to remedy that now that I’m felling better and I hope to be around soon to visit all my friends’ journals and, of course I’ll try to leave comments again.
During all of this the dredging project at the marina has been under way. I’ll do a post very soon and share some interesting pictures I’ve been able to put together to show you how it’s been going. By the way, the manager of the dredging project came down with the same bug I had. He is recovering now but had to work through most of the illness, too.
Look for another post from me either later today or, if not, by Friday night, for sure. I’ve got some aerial shots of the dredging project that are really cool and I think you’ll enjoy seeing them. In the meantime, take care and watch out for this bug that’s going around. It’s a killer!