There’s something both humbling and disturbing about being sick. Contrary to what some of my friends would tell you, I don’t get sick often. I get a sore throat, I get an infection, a bad cough, but rarely am I “no, you go ahead, I’ll just lay here and moan….” sick.
I’ve had my tonsils out. I’ve had stitches in one hand when I slid into second and got spiked by the short stop – the ump called me out but I know I was safe. Safe other than the spiked hand. Over time I’ve been in to the doctor with one thing or another and left with that one thing and a few others thanks to my tendency to empathize and adopt the symptoms of everyone around me.
Which is an especially bad character trait when you’re overnight in Emerge.
This last weekend I spent more time in Emerge than I’d have liked. My blood pressure went way up. I won’t say how high but from Friday to today it’s down 100 points and still high. Good times. I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on and in all we had 3 trips to the hospital. (For my American friends: no bill coming from insurance or the hospital and I didn’t wait 3 days for treatment. Sorry Republicans!) The time between visits to Emerge hasn’t been exactly thrilling either. Add to that a couple visits to my doctor and new fun with the most incredible muscle spasms in my lower back ever and you can get the recipe for a really long week.
What has been extraordinary has been the kindness of friends and family who have brought food, looked after my wife and kids, cut my grass, sat in Emerge with me, brought me a pile of mind distracting magazines and prayed like crazy for me. I’ve needed it all and appreciate it all.
So now I’m “resting” and trying to decide if I’m going to submit to medical and conventional advice on what comes next – don’t like it, don’t want to – so I will update you later. There are some great stories I’ll tell later – mostly true – of the experience so far – when I’m better.
I’ve got a pedicure scheduled for next week that I’ve got to be up for. I’ve definitely decided after this that I’m getting regular pedicures and I don’t care who finds out about it!