Grounded

Since I am normally a fairly healthy person with lots of energy, it takes a lot to get me down. I have caught what seems to be the local Flu bug. šŸ™  Oh Yuck!! I have the classic symptoms of coughing, sneezing, body aches, elevated body temperature, weakness and being tired ( wiped out ). My truly wonderful and loving husband said "You sound terrible" A call to my friendly physician yesterday resulted in her calling a prescription for antibiotics to my pharmacy. In the fifteen or more years I have been seeing her, this is the first time she has ever called in medication for me without having actually seen me. She is a stickler about such things. Bless her wonderful heart and extremely high sense of ethics!

Not only that, but she has grounded me from yesterday through the weekend. My first response was that she was over reacting a bit. I should have known better. She was wise in doing so. I still feel lousy.  She was right in making that decision. This Lady who sees herself as " just an average physician"  has extraordinarily high standards of ethics, practice and care.

Of course, I am doing all of the right nursing measures: forcing
fluids; extra vitamin C; plenty of antioxidants; extra sleep; extra
rest; Tylenol and taking the antibiotic as ordered. I do feel badly for
my employer, since that means one less nurse on a tight schedule. But
with a high temperature and the symptoms I am experiencing, it is a
violation of conscience and good health practices for me to go to work.
I would much rather be working than home with this stuff any day.

Under the circumstances , what is a person to do? I pondered this question for a  very short time yesterday and came to what seems to be a logical conclusion. I should knit, of course! It keeps my mind and hands busy; does not take much energy; and makes me feel good about myself. In addition,  I like doing it. Yesterday, in a burst of energy, I wove in loose ends on some dish/wash cloths, and completed two more that were almost done. At this point today, there is not the energy or motivation to take pictures of them, but hopefully that will come in a couple of days.

Thank goodness for the ability to knit, knitting needles and a large stash of yarn, threads and patterns. Once again all of those things are holding me in good stead.  Today, I have  done some work, which is really play, on the Building Blocks cloth  by Sue Schaefer. It can be seen just a little bit down the page. She undoubtedly one of my favorite designers and this pattern is no exception. It is working up quickly and easily without using too much concentration, which meets my need today.

 

Another thing for which I am very grateful on days like today is the Internet and email. I can talk with with  family and knitting friends; download free patterns and work ( it is really play ) on my blogs.  These are fun things to do that don’t require much energy and I can stop whenever I choose.

4 responses to “Grounded

  1. My dear friend Norma,
    Please take care of yourself and I will remember you in my prayers tonight.
    God Bless,
    Sue

  2. Sue,
    Thank you for including me in your prayers last night. šŸ™‚ I know that helped a lot. I feel much better today, despite feeling a bit weak.
    I put in a call to my Dr. through her exchange last evening after my temperature kept going higher rather than coming down. After a bit of a discussion with her, she called a prescription for the antiviral flu medication into the pharmacy my family uses. Within a few hours after taking the first dose, the fever broke.

  3. I’m so glad to hear that Norma šŸ™‚
    But I will keep you in my prayers. I know how hard nurses work. My grandma was a nurse and she worked in a Dr’s office and at the hospital. So, I know how hard you must work not to mentions all those little germs that you’re around. I remember when I was pregnant for my first son, I was hospitalized for pretoximia and left with pnuemonia. And I wasn’t even ‘sick’ when I went in šŸ™‚
    Aren’t the new meds something? A few weeks ago I seemed to develop a case of shingles on my thigh. But, I was able to get the antiviral med and had no pain or problems at all. They were gone in about a week. I’m very thankful šŸ™‚
    Well, take care. Get plenty of rest šŸ™‚
    God Bless,
    Sue

  4. Sue,
    Thank you for your prayers and being so understanding and caring.I appreciate it.:)Please forgive me for not replying sooner. I ended up having to to go the Emergency Room Saturday night where we learned I have pneumonia. Sunday and most of today got lost in the shuffle of rest and then seeing my own Dr.today. She confirmed the diagnosis and is having me stay home a few more days.
    Your Grandma worked a lot harder as nurse than I do, considering all of the modern conveniences we have today.
    Getting sick while in the hospital when you weren’t really sick when you went in had to be scary.
    The new medications really are great! I am glad you were able to get the antiviral medications to heal the shingles quickly and with little pain.
    God Bless,
    Norma