A Quick Update On Why I’ve Been MIA


Yes, I know I haven’t posted for almost the entire month of August, but I had every intention of posting a more extensive update today on why I’ve been MIA and what’s been going. However, last week I got clobbered with the worst, and I mean the WORST flu. I’m one of those people who very rarely gets sick, but when I do (which is usually every 7-8 years) I inevitably get something that is so horrendous (like the PLAGUE), which throws me flat on my back and immobilizes me. I got a similar flu back in 2007 and it was the same way, I felt so bad that I literally couldn’t move. My muscles and bones ached; I was hot one minute and freezing the next; even my skin and hair hurt. And when something like this happens to me, I have no energy or desire to do anything. Even sitting at my computer and typing an email or talking on the phone becomes something that takes too much effort because I feel so weak.

Last Thursday while I was at work, I started to feel strange. I felt chilly, achy, and began coughing. But by the time I got home that night, I didn’t feel so bad. Yet, I did take some aspirin and went to bed very early. At about 2 AM, I woke myself up coughing and then coughed for the rest of the night. I coughed so much and so hard that all the muscles on the left side of my torso where in so much pain. I felt chilly and achy all over. By the time morning arrived, I knew that I had a full-fledged flu. I felt so ill that I had to call out of work (which is something I never do). I spent the whole day taking care of myself and doing what I normally do whenever I get sick. I use herbs, homeopathy and energy work. I also take hot Epsom salts baths by sweating the infection out of me.

That night I went to bed at 8 PM because I couldn’t hold my eyes open, I was so exhausted.

The next morning I felt a little bit better, so I dragged myself out of bed, shaved, took a shower, dressed, and then walked five blocks to work because I didn’t want to call out again. However about halfway there, I knew that I was not going to be able to work. I was sweating so bad that my clothes were soaked through and my entire head was dripping in sweat. The second one of the managers looked me after opening the store door, she said, “Oh Ron…you should have just called out again. I can’t believe you came in today. Go home and take care of yourself. And don’t worry about missing work.”

So I turned around and walked back home. Lucky for me, I had the next THREE days off, so I’ve been able to stay at home and really focus on getting well. Sunday was the first day I actually felt partially human. My appetite seems to be back and I feel stronger. But still, I plan on spending the next two days lying low and continue to take care of myself because I know how these flu bugs can be. If you try to do too much too soon the minute you feel better, you can get a relapse.

Anyway. So there you have it, part of the reason why I’ve been absent this whole month.

Thank you all for your concern over the past several days and asking if I was okay. And I’m sorry it took this long to explain. Today, Monday, I feel a lot better and can sense myself getting stronger and stronger.

Please know that I will try my best to respond to your comments here and catch up on your posts this week. But if I’m a little slow in doing that, I hope you’ll understand. Because my main priority at this moment is taking the time I need to get all the rest and care I can, so that I become 100% better. Thank you.


Have a super Monday and week!
X



32 comments

  1. Rob LenihanAugust 17, 2015

    Oh, Ron, I'm so terribly sorry! This sounds so awful! Please take care of yourself and don't about work, blogs, or comments! The people at work sound great, btw!


    Get well real soon, buddy! We're all pulling for you!

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  2. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comAugust 18, 2015

    Oh no - flu is the worst! Hope you're feeling a lot better. Hugs.

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  3. Yikes! Ron, that is just awful! Flu is the worst...there isn't much you can do but lay around...feeling like you are just dying. I sure hope that you have most of your strength back and you are up and around real soon!! xo Jeanne and the girls

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  4. Knowing how poorly you had been I took the precaution of covering my computer screen with towelling and bubble wrap just in case the germs were still feeling playful. I can't see a thing, of course, but never mind. Perhaps that's what I need to do to make sense...haha.


    Seriously, and I want you to take this as such, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BLOGGING and the like until you are one hundred percent better. Now be a good lad and keep that temperature down.


    Best recovery wishes from Joe and me xx

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  5. OMG, Ron! I thought your Internet was out again or that you were just super busy with inventory at work! I am so sorry that you've been so ill. The flu in August? That is crazy! And a bit disturbing. Get well soon! We miss you! XO

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  6. So sorry you've been sick, but happy you are better! XOXO

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  7. Ron, description almost had me checking to see whether I had a temperature and was coughing! You poor dear. What an AWFUL thing to have happen! I'm glad you are feeling better and don't have to worry over getting penalized for missing work (something tells me your co-workers don't want what you had!!)

    This is why I take a flu shot. Every. Single. Year. I've had that stuff, and you never can decide whether it's better to struggle through whatever it takes to feel well, or to simply give up and die! At least yours doesn't show up annually.

    As for catching up, don't give that a second thought. We'll be here. All YOU need to do is feel better SOON!! Happy thoughts and prayers (but I'll hold off on the hugs, haha!)

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  8. Mark PetruskaAugust 18, 2015

    You know how they say "feed a cold, starve a fever," right? That's the problem right there, Ron. You turned up your nose at all that delicious Philly cheesesteaks and it came back to bite you.


    Seriously, I'm glad you're on the mend. Two days after coming home from the hospital in January I came down with the flu, so buddy, I feel your pain. Believe me. At that point I was thinking, enough already! Thanks for filling us in, and keep getting better.

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  9. That sounds terrible and I'm sorry you've been sick. I've been MIA as well, but I'm trying to get back on track.


    Sending healing thoughts!!!

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  10. Ron, I just got home from a 9 day vacation (Cancun) and was very happy to see that you posted, although I'm not happy to read that you got a nasty case of the flu. I've had the flu several times myself and it felt as though I had been hit with a truck. Please take care and don't worry about posting and commenting right now until you're completely well.


    As much as we miss you, we're more concerned you getting well!


    ((((((hugs))))))
    X

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  11. Ron, I've been stopping by every week to see if you posted because I, like everyone else, misses you. I'm glad to read that even though you got clobbered with flu, you're on the mend. Don't worry about blogging right now, just take GOOD care of yourself!


    Sending you lots of healing energy and positive thoughts, dude!


    Feel better soon!

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  12. I hadn't posted on my blog since July 7th until today. I think summer has something to do with it. Everyone has been MIA. Hope you're feeling better soon, my friend.

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  13. Oh my gosh, feel better soon!!!
    My hubby and eldest daughter have colds, but nothing like what you are facing. All my best!

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  14. I was jumping for joy when I saw that you had posted! But then I read the post...I am so sorry to hear you were sick in the last month of Summer! What a bummer! And I know I read in the comments or something that work has kept you busy. I suppose that could be good? I hope to see you back soon my friend you are missed!

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  15. I'm so sorry you've been so sick! I hope you feel a little stronger every day.

    Thank you for your kind email. I've been MIA myself for a while and I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Can't wait to catch up! xo

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  16. Ron, just stopped by to say hi and that I miss you. I know you're extra busy with work and have just recently gotten over the flu, so I understand. Take care, my friend. Can't wait until you're back online and posting again.


    Have a great week! Hugs!

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  17. Oh my, and oh dear... I'm glad that you're finally getting better. Please do give it all the time you need. Work will be there, so will your readers. Lots of love!

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  18. So not just 'man flu' then Ron? I'm sorry to hear you've been so ill m'deario, I hope you're fully recovered now? xxx

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  19. Ugh, being sick in the summer is the worst! At least in the winter you don't mind being inside. Happy you're feeling better and on the mend. I think many of us have been MIA lately. I know I have and it nags at me every day. My muse has poked her head in a few times but never very long!

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  20. Geraldine H.August 26, 2015

    Oh Ron, I'm sorry to read about your illness, I hope you're feeling a LOT better by now.

    I'm the same about getting sick, I rarely do either and I am not good at lying around and taking it easy. But ya know sometimes we just have to do just that. Rest, really slow down and focus on ourselves completely.

    It almost sounds to me like you've got a touch of food poisoning. That can cause some very weird symptoms including weakness and chills. Whatever caused this I hope you are on the mend now.😊

    I'm back to blogging when you get around to online visiting again. 😉🐈

    Take care and a big hug too, G Headbonks from the fabulous Mr.Cheddar too.

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  21. That is CRAZY you got it this early. I was worried... I knew something was going on. But now I am MORE worried because you are still quiet. I pray you are OK Ron... and I pray I see a happy post later this week. My thoughts are with you!!!!!

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  22. They say no news is good news, but I'm still praying that everything is okay with you x

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  23. Hope by this time you're feeling totally well. You poor thing! (((hugs)))

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  24. Miss you! Hope you are just busy. XO

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  25. Geraldine H.September 01, 2015

    PS: Hope you're continuing to feel better and better Ron. Take care. You've been missed.

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  26. Hi Ron,
    How are you? I am glad to be back on your blog!
    I am sorry to hear that you were so under the weather.
    I hope that you are feeling better and that you are back to your own perky self.
    I have had a stretch of time in the desert but, I got back on my blogging saddle.
    Catch you soon on e-mail. Wishing you a great week and sending you lots of love.
    X
    Barb

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  27. Hello everyone and thanks so much for your comments and concern. I'm completely recovered from the flu and feeling 100% better.

    I'm still very busy at my job right now; working extra hours and being crossed-trained in different departments of the store. So by the time I get home at night, I'm just not feeling inspired to blog. Hopefully, Autumn will bring me the inspiration to blog again.

    Have a super week, y'all!
    X

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  28. Mark PetruskaSeptember 01, 2015

    Whew. Checked in to make sure you weren't dead. You're not. Carry on. :)

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  29. Thank you! I was ready to drive out to Philly to check up on you! XO

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  30. Great news, buddy! Looking forward to seeing you around the Internets.

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  31. Geraldine H.September 05, 2015

    I'm so glad you're feeling better, that's great Ron! Don't work too hard with the "catch up" though, don't want a relapse!!!! Take care, G

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  32. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comSeptember 10, 2015

    Hope you're well and soon finding new inspiration!

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