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I'm *not* invincible!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I went to sleep a week ago, after spending a lovely peaceful Christmas with my friends Heather & Tony, and woke up with a sore throat.

I shrugged it off. After all, I'd been telling people about how I just don't get sick anymore (conveniently forgetting a cold once a year or so). It was painfully sore, ridiculously swollen and difficult to breathe when I went to work that day, the next, and then Friday (when my boss finally suggested that I go to the doctor).

I was diagnosed with a real case of strep throat. I was pretty sure I had it before I walked in there, because I never got the nose/head stuffiness that comes with a cold.

I didn't expect to instantly receive two shots (one antibiotic and one steroid for the swelling). I didn't expect the doctor to tell me that I needed to come back for a check up the next day, and to go to the ER if my throat stayed swollen because it was likely that I had an abscess in my throat (that would need a shot directly into it).

Luckily, I was house-sitting over the next few days, in a peaceful, empty (except for an affectionate cat), house where I could zombie shuffle around and attempt to remember to eat. I used their TV to watch a constant stream of movies, which have weaved themselves into a strange melange of my feverish dreams and blurry hours.

And, as it does every time I get sick or have a migraine, I became increasingly grateful for ordinary life: for the ordinary "pain" that I am privileged to have when I'm running; the luxury of being hungry; for being out of breath that comes with the glow of increased circulation, and the normal exhaustion of exercise. I cried at how beautiful regular life is.

I know that many people out there deal with worse on a daily basis, or have to recover from surgeries. I faced the possibility of having the infection spread to my heart, and pondered how my life would change.

I finally started to feel like myself again today. I am energized at the incremental inching toward health, and ready to run and play again!
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    I'm glad you are feeling better!
    1965 days ago
    Funny how things like that affect you, eh?

    Good that you had a chance to rest and recoup. And eek - strep! I'm glad it was caught in time.

    Now, repeat after me - you are not invincible. You get sick sometimes. And that's fine.
    1966 days ago
    I had a nasty cold for the past week and am finally getting back out there myself. And yes, that feeling of physical empowerment as I was able to (huffing and puffing) make my way up those hills was totally amazing after having been mostly bed-bound for five days.
    I was having that same realization this morning that the everyday aches and pains of normal life are just beautiful sometimes. I'm glad you're feeling better and good luck with the 5K. If you go...take it easy on yourself and listen to your body.
    1966 days ago
    Glad you are feeling better and got to a doctor quickly! Take care of yourself.

    1966 days ago
  • KATYDID412
    Hope you are feeling better! Strep is awful. Happy New Year!
    1966 days ago
    Glad you are feeling better emoticon So sorry i missed the blog before now ...
    1966 days ago
    Get well soon. Take care of yourself. emoticon
    1966 days ago
  • MARTY728
    Happy you are better! Let's ROCK 2013! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Welcome back to the world of the "living" again. Nothing like a harsh illness to make us see all our blessings clearly. I just got over the flu, and can't believe how thankful I am to breathe from my nose! Glad you are finally getting better.
    1967 days ago
    I'm so glad that you are feeling better!
    I was in the hospital about 4 years ago (I had mono) and it took them 2 weeks to diagnose it emoticon . I was sooo nervous because they even checked for cancer...
    I remember looking out of the window to the cars and I hoped all the people in them were grateful for their health and that they were able to go home at the end of the day.
    1967 days ago
    Glad you are feeling better!
    1967 days ago
    I am glad you are starting to feel better!
    1967 days ago
    Glad that you are on the mend. Awesome to hear that you've learned the value of being uncomfortable to succeed in a "normal" life.
    1967 days ago
    This was frightening to read! My goodness!!! Strep just sounds like the horribleness. Ew! I'm so glad you're finally pulling out of it. Keep taking care of yourself!
    1967 days ago
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