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 A few days ago, I wrote, “I’m afraid to write about how calm everything is, because it’s asking for trouble.”

Et voilà. The next day I got a letter in the mail from my doctor. I’ve been with a health clinic doctor for decades; she retired recently and a new young one took her place. She wrote that she has too many patients and has to dump some of them, so I’m off her list. Two days before Xmas — great timing, Doc.

It’s a scary feeling, being dumped by your doctor. But I know lots of people don’t have one. 

And then I got sick, really really sick. Managed to get through yesterday, but today it hit with full force. I think it’s bronchitis – endless coughing, headaches, body aches. I wanted to put Xmas away – the living room is still awash in bits of paper and boxes – but couldn’t move, was in bed all day. Was going to make turkey soup, and instead, I am defrosting some that was in the freezer. 

Several friends and my children have offered help, but I don’t need anything, except to get my lungs back asap. 

So – all not quite so calm, after all. 

You know what really helps? Telling you about it. Thanks for listening. 



4 Responses to “misery”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm so sorry. Hopefully you will find a new doctor soon. Oh and that bronchitis? I know you said you tested for the virus but try again. My tests were negative in early October until they weren't. (Husband was positive which is why I kept testing. Same symptoms: aches, fever, trouble breathing, cough. And I needed to know about quarantine time in order to eventually shop responsibly.) Take care.

  2. beth says:

    Ah, the voice of my conscience has spoken. Yes, you're right. I'll test again.

  3. beth says:

    Theresa, I just tested. Positive. After the initial negative test, I'd resisted doing it again, but thank you for making me. Now I know. Have been lucky all this time, but not any more.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh i'm sorry, Beth. Didn't mean to be the voice of your conscience! It's just that your symptoms sounded like mine. It's a miserable virus. Sending love.

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