Communion Of Dreams


Worse before getting better.
February 13, 2008, 8:33 am
Filed under: Flu, Health, Predictions, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sleep

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I thought I was coming down with something, be it just a cold or some mild version of the flu.  Monday and yesterday were marginal, as I tried to get stuff done and see which way things were going to go.

They went south.  More specifically, the incipient cold has now settled into my throat and chest.  Last night I didn’t get a lot of sleep, and this morning I feel fairly miserable.  Ah well.  I cannot say that I am surprised – after such a long battle in caring for Martha Sr, and then pushing to get through the memorial and whatnot last weekend, my immune system is shot.

And that’s OK, really.  With a modicum of care, I can get through a winter cold/flu in a few days time.  Certainly the extra sleep won’t hurt me.  And while there are plenty of things I should be doing, no one is going to come banging on my door.  I’ll recover from this, then move on.  As Emerson said, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

Jim Downey


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I hope you recover soon. I know what can happen with the sudden release from a long-haul stressful situation can do. While mine was not as emotionally draining as yours, when mine released, I found myself in the E.R. with a pulse ‘way over 200 and a B.P. well over 180. It turned out not to be a heart attack, but the just the first attack of Chronic Fatigue Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome. Went 2 or 3 years before I even got it diagnosed (as “not AIDS, not Mono, not EBV, not FMS, not MS…”). While not life-threatening, it sure can feel like it. It did, however, make me face my mortality, and that is a good thing. Too many people skip through life afraid to look into the abyss that lies ahead, and many get caught unprepared.

Anyway I wish you well.

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