Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Bend in the Road

Courtesy MorgueFile.com
There are times when the road you travel takes a turn and you find yourself on a warm sunny day, in a friendly place, surrounded by good people and good things. Today was like that.

I woke up feeling better than I've felt in two years. No, really. The Z-pac must have kicked a bunch of suff out because I didn't even have sniffles and the only pain I have is my hands and that is rather mild. Yeah, I'm stunned, too.

It was a beautiful morning but after getting Sarah off to school, I elected to go back to bed and sleep for another hour. I was still sleepy. So I did. Now, normally I never go back to bed because frankly, it is painful. I am usually in pain when I wake up and once I have been up an hour, I've worked off some of the stiffness and the pain is better. But going back to bed would mean starting over. I'd never sleep and if I did, it would be a miserable sleep filled with pain. Today, I was able to lie down and it was so heavenly to lie on my bed and not hurt.

I was up and dressed by 10 a.m. because I had a lunch date at 11 a.m. Tomorrow is the start of Camp NaNo 2015 and I and 5 friends met for lunch to celebrate and kick off the April Camp session. I have an amazing bunch of friends! Really, they're the most awesome people. We ate and talked for two hours and I suspect we could have gone on longer but I think the staff was looking at us a bit odd.

Once I got home it was around 1:30 p.m. and after I fed Mike I packed up the computer and his tax paperwork and headed for the patio. However, while I was working on that, an old friend from Multiply days came online and invited me to a live video chat. Well, with assorted technical difficulties with both Skype and Google Hangouts, we finally were able to talk for about an hour. It was awesome to visit with Nancy January and catch up. Turns out she isn't really that far from where my son lives in Arkansas... just in Oklahoma. I'm going out to visit David after school is out and it would be so cool to visit my friends while I'm there.

After talking to Nancy, I filed Mike's taxes. Now I just have to get mine done. Ugh. I really hate doing taxes but this year, I actually got paid to do some taxes so it isn't so bad when that happens.

This week, I'm hoping the whole week is as nice as today and maybe I can actually do outside work for a bit. I have a lot to do around the yard and flowers to plant. We'll have to see. But then there's Camp... and a short story Anthology to pull together (with help from other writers), and the school is having students make up the missed days via online classes so Sarah's Saturday's will be tied up some. And there is the novel edit I have to get back to now that I'm feeling better.

I've been reading a lot lately. I've finished two Richard Castle novels and one David Baldacci novel in the last two weeks. It was my first Baldacci and I really, really, really like the way he writes, a lot. In fact, it was a bit of a comfort. He does somethings I do that everyone says shouldn't be done.. so now I will be doing them anyway. I'm about to start a new book my friend/group member Rae Ford handed me at lunch today. Not sure if I'll like it but one thing the Kindle did for me is get me to read authors I probably wouldn't have read before. Those authors who offer them free really are gaining readers.

Now, I'm off to other things. Bed probably. I have a busy day tomorrow.


  1. So glad to hear you had a good day. I've read a few Baldacci books and enjoyed all of them.

  2. love that photo, it's a very inviting road, it almost beckons to you , glad to know you're feeling a bit more eon top of things now :-)

  3. Hi, Cynthia. I have no idea how I started reading your blog, but after reading just a little of your 2014 blogs, I started thinking, "I wonder if she has Lyme Disease." Now, after reading your 3/31/2015 entry, I'm really thinking it. Lyme, or more correctly, an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, causes symptoms just like yours, and they are frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, RA, MS, ALS, lupus, etc., etc., .... Common treatments for RA include immune system DEPRESSING drugs. Lyme is a bacterial infection, which needs to be treated by immune system STRENGTHENING drugs and other treatments. Guess what your reaction to the Z Pak says? Your immune system needs help to fight whatever disease you've got. There are alternatives to long-term antibiotics, but even long-term antibiotics are better than living with your awful symptoms. Please try to get a test for Lyme. Because you've taken a Z Pak, your immune system may now be capable of sending out antibodies that the test can pick up. Without a strong enough immune system, you can't make the antibodies that the common 2-part Lyme test looks for. Check online for a healthcare provider who tests for and treats Lyme Disease. I'll be praying for you. ---Jean P., PA-C

    1. Jean! I don't know you but I'm thrilled you are reading my blog! I'm also thrilled you responded with this post! I see my Primary care doctor on Monday and will request she test for Lyme Disease. I definately will insist because just recently I saw something that triggered a thought... "I wonder if I have Lyme Disease."

      To be honest, I have typical RA symptoms such as joint nodule and knots under the skin and several other things. But... this has come up now twice so I am going to ask about it. Thank you so much!