Monday, February 9, 2015

But, I had the shot……….

Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
                   Jacopo Sannazaro


The weather has been wonderful here; there is now about a foot and a half of snow, and predictions of more, lots more. I am excited. My snowshoes and I had plans for Friday morning, big plans.

Waking up early Friday morning my hair hurt, I know weird right? I looked into the mirror and I could see how one side of my face was swollen and I imagined the old movie Little Rascals and Alfalfa wearing a white cloth tied under his chin with a knot on the top of his head and a crooked grin on his face. Could I have the mumps? My Hero looked at me and said “Yes indeed it looks like the mumps”. We all know he is a farmer, not a doctor, so I went to the universal new age doctor…..Google. I just wanted to tell you, never, ever do that.


My Hero went to work, and I headed out to feed the girls at first light. Remember, that beautiful snow I have been waiting for combined with the warmish temperatures. I had no choice. I finished feeding and visiting with the girls and hopped the red gate, snowshoes in hand. It was the perfect day and I was not going to waste it. I had been patiently waiting since December for a day like that.

There was no movement in the bush, not one track to follow, meaning I had to break my own trail. I assumed the deer were sleeping, it was early. This is never an easy job at the best of times, but when your hair hurts and every muscle burns it was a bit more difficult. I pushed on. Fuelled only by the beauty that surrounded me, pushing farther and farther into the trees covered with fluffy snow, I made my way, while never thinking that I had to eventually get myself back to the tractor.


I hit a wall, not a real wall; the, I need to call a cab wall. Well that was not possible so I leaned on a tree for a while and soaked in the soothing serene environment, and the warmth of the sun now peeking through the trees. I munched on a pear that I had brought for the trip. I could do this. I just had to pace myself.

I turned around and made my way foot by foot. Lifting my snow laden snowshoes through the deep snow I made it back to that red gate. I took off my snowshoes and dropped them over. I rolled my aching well-padded body over and landed on the ground. Picked myself up, pulled myself into the tractor and drove back to the house. I made it to the couch.


That is where I have been ever since. Netflix and I have enjoyed each other’s company. There are now mosquitoes buzzing around my head. Oh yes I said mosquitoes, I have no idea why but the snow is deep and they probably did not want to head outside. 


Thanks to a quick search on Google, I have come to the conclusion I probably have West Nile disease. I do know that I could not possibly have the flu, because…… I had the shot.


Later

33 comments:

  1. Oh Buttons take care- stay off Dr Google-feel better soon!!-Rain

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  2. I'm one of the few who refuse to get the shot. Hope you feel better soon.

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  3. I hope you feel better soon, Buttons! You are right, never ever consult Google. Anytime I do that I am convinced I have ebola or something. I wanna get your snow!!

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  4. Oh my . . . you built some mystery and have me worried . . .
    By now . . . do you know why your "hair hurts" and your face is swollen?
    Bet your leg muscles are "feeling" that snowshoe walk too!

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  5. I hope you get to feeling better soon, Miss B!

    Thank You much for the thoughtful voice mail you left for me. I'm sorry to have missed your call. With the nice weather we have been spending more time outside getting ready for baby calves and doing odd jobs. It's nice to have mild temps in February.

    I've also spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I have a few meals, pumpkin breads and sweets in the freezer to grab on those crazy busy days of calving. If we don't eat it before then ... lol!

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  6. Oh, Buttons! I hope you are feeling better now! And I hope it is something easy to fix!!!
    Hugs!!

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  7. Get to the real Doctor! I can't believe you managed to walk through the snow when you are ill! Fairly sure west nile disease is only in the summer? And as for the mumps...you been hanging around with hockey players? Seriously though, do do get better soon!

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  8. the google self-diagnosis made me laugh. so sorry you're ill, though! hoping it won't stick around too long!

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  9. lol I know, I shouldn't laugh. but you do write goooooood ending lines!!!!!!!!!

    and I won't take the time to holler at you, for not listening to your body, and going out into the wild. nope. let your hero do that.

    and yes, GET TO A REAL DOCTOR!!! good grief woman, this winter's sickness crap, is nothing to take lightly!!!!!!!

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  10. That computer sure can scare you sometimes. I think staying in and watching netflix sounds perfect my friend. Feel better soon.

    Hugs~

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  11. Oh, Grace...I'm laughing, I'm crying and I'm praying for you. Doing chores when you're sick is NO fun! The new age doc, eh? I don't look up medical stuff on i-net...too easy to scare myself into something I don't have nor want. You got the flu shot? Um, in retrospect not such a good idea, ya think? I don't trust those dang shots. Be well SOON!

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  12. Love that you enjoyed the snow. Loathe that you are unwell. I hope that West Nile disease goes back to where it belongs. Quickly.

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  13. Now you sound like my sister, diagnosing yourself! When we were kids, we always used to joke about Good Housekeeping's "disease of the month." After my sister would read the article on some obscure illness, she was sure she had it. Feel better soon!

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  14. Oh dear, Buttons! I hope it's not West Nile!! I've have heard of others having mosquitoes in the house lately too from their wood supply. Is that possible?? I have ladybugs. I've captured about 10 in our bedroom. And I didn't save them as if I sent them outside they'd freeze to death. Well, I wonder what ails you. So strange. I sure hope you feel better soon. I enjoyed your photos of the beautiful snowy woods and don't know how you hiked that while feeling so ill. Take care. Hugs. Pam

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  15. I sure hope you are okay!! I usually feel worse after consulting Google, imagining cancer and all sorts of terrible things. Enjoy your Netflix and be well soon!

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  16. God gravy! Get some rest, drink lots of fluids and keep those darn Mosquitos at bay!!!...:)JP

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  17. I never ever go to Dr. Google.. too scary! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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  18. is it wrong that I had to laugh a little? I had a swollen half-head the other day too. comes from what I call my migraines. which they are probably not. it's a weird kind of headache I sometimes get. sleep and rest helps.

    hope you feel better soon xo

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  19. I hope you feel better soon. Mosquitoes? Holy cow.

    Perhaps it's at least a small comfort that you made me and a lot of others smile today. I've read several blog posts this morning, and yours was the most engaging.

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  20. Oh goodness you should have stayed inside where it was warm. I do hope you are feeling better now. I've done (Google Doctor) a few times myself.

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  21. Oh my! Hope you get better soon - at least you got to play in the snow, for a while anyway. The photos are wonderful. Keep cozy and stay off the internet :) xo Karen

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  22. I wish you a speedy recovery. That flu was wicked. Apparently that flu shot did not have the strain it was supposed to cover this season. Lovely images!

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  23. Hey Buttons ... I hope you're back on your feet soon and enjoying that beautiful snow! Personally I have as much faith in Dr. Google as I do in the flu shot. Rest up!

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  24. I hope you are better by now. Google always worries me needlessly. I certainly hope you were kidding about west Nile!

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  25. I can't believe you went out in that snow when you were sick, Grace. Please take care of yourself. xo Laura

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  26. I am grateful for your opening quote and your BRILLIANT ATTITUDE. I am so totally in Love with You right now and your honest report, told with truthful humor. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you . . Please Be Well.

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  27. I hate to say it because I hate it when someone says it to me...but....mayhap you should see a real live doctor.

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  28. i am reading your entries backwards, and you are NOT taking care of yourself!!

    there are many strands of the flu, the flu shot does not protect you from all of them. and in fact, this year's most popular strand is not included in the vaccine!!!

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  29. Buttons,

    Even if you've had the flu shot you can still get the flu or have a reaction to the flu shot days after you received it.
    Be careful and take care of yourself. I'm sure you don't have West Nile.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  30. Surprise ending. The flu shot this yer did not cover some of the things that are going around. Get well soon.

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  31. Hope you feel a lot better soon. Sounds like those mosquitoes might have bitten you.
    Lynne

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  32. I was right there with you! Being from Southern California, I really enjoyed the quiet beauty of the snow, and then it hit. Finally made it back to the tractor..but I was getting really worried. No one wants to get really ill alone in the snow..and getting over the fence may have been easy for you but I FELT it when we hit the ground (ie snow) then drove back the house. I've never driven a tractor before so it was an adventure for me. Getting to the couch began to really be a chore. Whee! I'm so glad we made it. NOW that's what I call some goooood writing. Enjoyed everything but feeling BAD!
    So...how are we doing? Any better? :) :)

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