What I learned from Being Sick

It’s not pretty, when an extrovert gets sick.  Especially when they get laryngitis.  It’s like their lifeline has been cut off.

I know from personal experience.

Last week, I got a nasty sinus infection, and one of the first things that went was my voice.

Oh, it was fine for a while.  I mean, everyone needs a little down-time every now and again.  So, I snuggled into my blankets, gathered my tea bags and coffee mugs, and was prepared to wait out the illness.

I was sure that the illness would blow over in 3 or 4 days.

Except, it didn’t. In fact, it got worse.

My face began to hurt because of heavy sinus pressure. And then my nasal passages became blocked.

Eventually, I went to the doctor and received a shot.

And here’s what I learned…

Be Thankful for Good Health

After my little stint with the plague, I value my health so much more. I am usually in very good health, and it’s hard to believe that something as simple as a sinus infection can bring a healthy person down.

Be Thankful for Modern Medicine

Sure, I’d probably get better on my own–in something like 10 days or so. And I hate shots, but I was willing to do anything to feel better quickly. I am so thankful for the good medical care and the wonderful medical practitioners in the United States!

To Visit the Sick

As an extrovert, I can tell you that it’s extremely hard to be out of the loop for about a week. Now that I’m on the mend, I’m ready to talk to anyone–the mailman, the lady behind me in the grocery store, the police officer who stopped me for speeding (just kidding, I made that up!)…

Being sick helps me to remember those who truly do have health problems and reminds me to visit them…especially shut-ins.

Being sick is no fun, but it can really give you a new perspective. And just to give you fair warning: if you see me in the grocery line in the next couple of days, don’t be surprised if I lure you into a long conversation!

8 thoughts on “What I learned from Being Sick

  1. You my friend, are too funny! I am sorry I wasn’t able to provide you some conversation while you were recovering. See, I am an introvert, believe it or not and honestly, I long for some quiet peaceful moments to myself. But alas, that’s not in the cards for my life at this time so I smile a lot and do my best to get through all the daily conversation and people tasks that I am inundated with. Being sick is no fun but curling up in my snugglies with a mug of hot tea and crumpets and a good book is my fantasy that is not within my reach. No phone calls, no place to go, all the chores and errands run and the house and laundry clean and orderly; alone in the house sounds like a dream. Maybe after a month of that dream, maybe I would be ready for people interaction and conversation once again. 🤪

  2. There was a discussion on another blog I follow about the wonders of modern medicine. When you consider that penicillin wasn’t discovered until the late 20, or mass produced into 1940, and when WWII broke out it was kept strictly for “our boys overseas”. We can’t even imagine the things that used to carry people away before then. Calvin Coolidge’s son died of blood poisoning caused by a blister from playing tennis!

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