Under the weather

I started not feeling well last week and after questions, exam, and tests, the medical diagnosis wasn’t exactly what I had expected – Flu Type A. I’d had the requisite fall flu shot, but apparently it doesn’t cover this strain.

I’m still finishing up the Tamiflu and antibiotics, but at least the chills, fatigue, sore throat, and constant headache are gone. I’m still dealing with the chest congestion and coughing, but it gets better each day. The #1 thing I’ll be grateful to get rid of soon is wearing a mask all day in order to not share with other family members. For the past couple of years, I haven’t really minded wearing a mask, but wearing one all day, every day gets a little claustrophobic, and my ears are screaming to a break from the elastic. 🙂

I’ve finished a couple of books including Lee Child’s new Reacher book, “No Plan B.” It was a good read. I watched several gardening webinars and caught up on end of year tax paperwork. I wrote nine MG posts to close out the year and my time. After six years and 729 MG posts, I’m stepping back as of the end of the year. Since there is no one interested in blogging, that one will gather a little dust. Trying to find volunteers is a real challenge as any of you know who work within a group setting.

I also did a little sewing once I could find enough energy to do so. When I’m finished with the large panel I’m done for this season. I sandwich these panels with batting and backing fabric and then trace all the lines with matching thread. Lots and lots of thread. I also don’t use the machine to backstitch at the end of each line so that it doesn’t leave heavy thread on the top so it also requires knotting the thread at the beginning and end of each line. Lots of knots.

Happy Monday, have a great week, enjoy the holiday lights, and by all means stays well!

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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81 Responses to Under the weather

  1. So sorry to hear of your illness! I’m glad to see you were still able to work on some sewing projects. They are all beautiful!

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  2. Hi Judy, Sorry to hear you’re under the weather so to speak, but glad to know your feeling better.
    I will take this time to wish you and yours a happy winter and whatever the weather brings, know that spring is just below the surface of the ground
    Take care
    Jon B

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    Fabulous wall hangings. They will enhance any room they’re displayed in. And if they are destined to be gifts, you will have made some folks ecstatically happy.

    I’m glad to hear that the medications seem to be doing their job and that each day you feel a bit better than the day before. I haven’t had the flu in years, but I clearly remember how miserable it makes you feel. Thank goodness, as uncomfortable as it is, you’ve been able to keep Dennis protected. That’s a woohoo!

    Congratulations on “retiring” from so many responsibilities with the MG posts. It’s hard to give these things up, but we have to be practical. It’s much smarter to know when “enough is enough”.

    Stay warm. Temperature finally went up to 20 degrees! 🤗
    Ginger

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    • It was 20 degrees when I made coffee this morning, but I’m grateful that we have had beautiful sunshine all day. There is a fine line that gets tripped when you cross over from having volunteer fun and having it feel like work. I crossed over so it’s time. Happy Monday!

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  4. You have the miserable flu and still achieved all that? My goodness, girl! You are one remarkable person. It knocked me out for 2 weeks, then 3 weeks of coughing and exhaustion. You’re one of my new heroes!

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    • No, I should have clarified that I finished the three smaller ones right before the flu hit, and I’ve been working on the big one on and off, maybe an hour or two a day. No, this flu has kicked my butt. One day I don’t feel too bad, and the next I can’t keep my eyes open for more than an hour because I’m so exhausted. The very first day I was so cold, there weren’t enough sweatshirts and jackets to put on. I haven’t gone anywhere either because I wouldn’t want to give it to anyone else. Bad news. Glad you are done with it.

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  5. Your quilted wall hangings are gorgeous.

    I hope you feel better and are 100% soon!

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    I’m sorry to hear you were sick, Judy. I hope you are feeling better. Your panels are lovely. I can only imagine the work involved. I do understand how hard it is to get volunteers interested in taking over. I am still considered the president of a chapter on an association in Boston, because three years later, no one else has stepped up. I hope your strength and energy return soon.

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  7. Everyone seems to be getting sick of something. Hope your illness does not have a long tail. Beautiful work!

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  8. So sorry to read you have been sick with the flu. Glad you are feeling better. Now that most people are out and about without masks, all kinds of bugs are spreading. Also, will miss your snappy MG posts. You have a wonderful writing voice. Hope that eventually someone will take over writing posts. Those quilted wall hangings are so pretty. The panel you made for me has place of pride on our bookshelf in the living room.

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    • Probably the most ironic part about being out and about is that I’ve still been wearing a mask except for one day I met a friend for coffee, and I think I left with something I didn’t order. It is hard giving up those MG posts, but all good things come to an end. I need to extend to you a heartfelt thanks for hanging in there with me. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated you being on the trip with me.

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      • Well, your story certainly illustrates how masks protect us from all kinds of bugs. Still, hard to enjoy coffee with a mask on. It has been my great pleasure to read about all the wonderful things MG does. What a great group!

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  9. John Hric says:

    Hope you feel better soon ! And yes wearing the mask all day would be the pits.

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  10. Sorry you’re not feeling well, Judy. I got a flu shot too but got a cold instead. 🙂 Hopefully you’ll feel much better soon. Love your art as usual.

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  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    I am sorry to hear you caught flu, Judy. All reports indicate it is going to be a tough season this year.

    The sewing projects look beautiful!

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  12. Joyce says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with the flu. It’s crazy how it pops up even after you’ve taken precautions, like the vaccine. I had something myself after Thanksgiving. The worst part is the frustration of not getting things done!
    Your quilts are so pretty. I have a Charles Wysocki limited edition print that your home and deer scene reminded me of. Lots of New England nostalgia. The coziest place to be this time of year!

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  13. Su says:

    I’m glad the Tamaflu helped, and hope you fully recover soon. I’m also amazed that you could quilt even though you had ‘flu. The panels are great. I especially like the wreath. Wishing you a merry, and healthy, holiday season. Su

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    • I finished the three before I got hit with the flu and have been sewing maybe an hour or two a day on the larger project. There were a couple of days, I was a slug sitting or laying down because that was all I could do. Thank goodness I’m not that tired anymore.

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  14. So sorry you’ve been sick my friend, there’s so much going around! i had my first could in six years last week! I was such a baby! And I didn’t get any where near the stuff done that you did with the flu!

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  15. GP says:

    Take care, Judy. Don’t rush recovery, it could lead to a relapse.

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  16. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well. Hubby and I are doing our best to stay healthy but you never really know when the crud will touch you.

    Beautiful wall hangings. I especially like the red one – lovely! You have reminded me to get out and display the Christmas wall hanging we were gifted by a very talented friend when we got married.

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    • I have been one of those very few who have worn a mask in the stores, but I had coffee with a friend last weekend, and I’m guessing that’s where I got it. It’s bad and it lingers, so I hope you guys avoid it completely. Thank you, and, yes, get that wall hanging out and think about that talented friend and that wonderful ceremony.

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  17. Helen says:

    Glad you’re on the mend. Flu is never fun. Love the wall hangings though

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather, Judy. A friend got that flu and she said it knocked her out. Despite it all, you seem to have been quite productive, most admirable!

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  19. I’m sorry you feel poorly. Right now, my doctor seems to think I’ve got Lyme, probably because no one else in the house but me is sick and it comes and goes in about a 10 day cycle. I hate when all this happens during the holidays!

    You aren’t giving up blogging right? I hope not! Feel better. At least they are better at treating flu now than they used to be. That’s something positive.

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    • Lyme? Thanks goodness they at least recognize it now, and you can probably find someone who specializes in it. Sorry to hear that. I know so many people who love to have deer visit, but I see deer and think ticks and Lyme. If you get the flu diagnosis within 48 hours of your first symptom, they can prescribe something like Tamiflu along with antibiotics. I was grateful to take both. It’s now been a week, and I still can’t get rid of the chest congestion and coughing. Everything else has settled down. I’m giving up blogging on the volunteer site, but not here. I spent so much time trying to fulfill my responsibilities there that I struggled to think of something over here. Hopefully cutting back with allow my small brain to breathe. 🙂 Wishing you the best with a Lyme medical plan because I know it’s not a short term issue.

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      • Flu would be simpler or at least, shorter-term. And I don’t pull myself together the way I did even a few years ago. Time has done it’s job on me. Fortunately, because we are Lyme tick central down here — AND we’ve had a lot more deer grazing close to the house AND our doctor has picked up a lot of cases of it recently — he at least thinks he knows what it is. The problem is that Lyme is such an imitator and I’ve already got heart issues and arthritis and lots of other issues, so dissecting all the symptoms I have already from something new is really difficult. I really never know if it’s just me being me or something new. It’s the recurring fever that was the alert because I haven’t fun fevers in 25 years.

        Don’t you hate when all of this crap hits around the holidays? Remember Irma Bombeck? She wrote about this. She said everyone in her household was ALWAYS sick on the holidays.

        COVID’s legacy is that whatever you’ve got, you need to get at least a few COVID tests before anyone thinks to look for something else. I wonder how long it will be before the medical community moves on?

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  20. Oddment says:

    I have no idea how you accomplished all that while dealing with the flu AND a constant mask. I’d have just been in a fetal position on the floor. Those hangings are beautiful, and your comment about “lots of knots” make me chuckle — somewhat ruefully, yes — because it struck me as motto for our times. Congratulations on retiring from the MG work. There comes a time. Here’s hoping your symptoms disappear soon — you got walloped.

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    • Oh, there were two days when I was under an afghan and could barely move. Thank goodness the three small hangings were all done before the flu kicked me to the curb. Yes, I let myself be talked into staying on the MG board for two years more than I intended, but made myself stick to it this time. I wish someone would take it over, but after six years I need to take a break. A sincere thank you for your going on that journey with me. I appreciate it immensely.

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      • Oddment says:

        I think this horrible bout of flu is telling you that letting that job go was exactly the healthy thing to do. Being too sick to move is a huge alarm ringing. Volunteer work can be almost as demanding as the paying gig. I’m sure hoping you shake this flu COMPLETELY.

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  21. BERNADETTE says:

    Take good care Judy. Your sewing is amazing.

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  22. Oh dear, sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. Hopefully on the mend now though. Take it easy and look after yourself. Your wall hangings are gorgeous.

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  23. Eilene Lyon says:

    Bummer about the flu, Judy! Get well soon. My ears ache in sympathy. Yes, I do know how it is with finding volunteers now. I’m stepping down as secretary of the genealogical society after doing it for 9 years. No one is stepping up.
    Your fabric art is so beautiful!

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    • 16 years being active and 6 years doing the blog here. It hurts to the core to walk away but that is what you have to do. Hopefully they’ll find someone to fill in for both of us. One person here suggested getting four people to do one position with each person doing a quarter of a year. All I could think was, wow, people must really be busy, and they’ll need a map to find out who’s on 1st and who’s on 2nd. 🙂

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  24. Beautiful hangings (and hangers)! Yes, volunteers stepping up always takes longer than we hope.. As for the mask ear problem, if the loops are adjustable, slide the slider down and make the over-the-top-of-the-ear loop bigger (if you haven’t already!). Well, it seems (to me) that flu is the worst of all the yuck that is going around — here’s hoping it’s soon gone.🌷

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    • Thank you. Finding volunteers here is similar to the employment situation – it’s a tough one. Thanks for the mask ear suggestion. I’ve never worn one so many hours every day, but so far no one else has gotten it so I guess it is working. I feel better each day, but now I just wish this last coughing symptom would adios. Stay well!

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  25. Nancy says:

    I am so sorry to hear you have been ill. Feel better my friend! Your sewing projects are beautiful!

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  26. germac4 says:

    Oh no, flu is so debilitating, you must have felt dreadful. I thought I hadn’t heard from you for a while, and guessed you must have been busy with MG end of year business. By the way, I wish I had known about your MG posts, I would have followed too! Your wonderful Xmas panels look gorgeous, amazing that you could do that while you were still unwell.
    I hope you get better soon, and can give up the mask, I know exactly what you mean about masks.

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    • I haven’t coughed this much in years, and I’m more than ready for it to stop. 🙂 I know several people who happily maintain multiple blogs, and I did it for six years, but I’m ready to just stick with one. I sew a little each day but mostly have been reading or on the computer while under an afghan. Stay well.

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  27. Judy, that particular flu seems to be making the rounds this year. I have a couple of friends who are lying low right now too. The symptoms are very similar to what Malcolm and I experienced when we had Covid in May. The constant headache was the worst. Still, you are managing to function pretty well. Love the wall hangings.

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    • It’s kind of dangerous out there this winter. I found it interesting that they determined the flu diagnosis with the Covid test they gave me. I guess it does double duty. I’m not a big run to the doctor person, but I was glad I went when I did because as long as you seek guidance within 48 hours of the start of the symptoms, they can prescribe Tamiflu or something similar to fight the symptoms which helped that headache to go away. Stay well, and I hope your friends are on the mend.

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  28. Marilyn says:

    The wall hangings are beautiful.

    Sorry to read you are battling the flu. I can’t imagine wearing a mask all day. Take care of yourself.

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  29. I am sorry to hear about your catching the flu. Here you did everything right and still caught it, albeit a different variant than the ones your shot covered. I hope the meds help to heal you soon. Take care and hope you’re back outside and doing things again soon! – Marty

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  30. S Greene says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are sick. I had the flu through thanksgiving and had to miss the holiday. I hope the congestion dissipates quickly. Your sewing is very beautiful! Thank you for sharing 😊

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  31. Wow! You have been extremely busy…yay you! Hope you feel better soon!

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  32. The flu is horrible this year! It hit my family about a week before Thanksgiving. I’m glad you’re improving and hope you’re back to 100% soon. 🙂

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  33. Karen says:

    I hope by now that all the effects of the flu are behind you. Wishing you and your family a wonderful happy and merry Christmas.

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  34. Hope you are feeling better soon, Judy. Merry Christmas!

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