“You look awful,” were his first words.
“Thanks.” Nate grabbed the coat and put it on.
“You’re skinny as a rail.”
“You wanna lose fifteen pounds, find the right mosquito.”
*-The Testament – John Grisham
(Jama/Manabi/ Ecuador) We lost power last night, first here in this 7-house circuit and later during the night, the entire area went black. I’m placing my bets that power will be restored to all areas except this one. We seem to be the power company’s step children!
I am elated to announce that today I feel 100 percent well – yee-HA!
Until today, one would have thought I had anorexia, as all possible food options turned my stomach. At one this morning, when I found myself dicing a ripe plantain and simmering it in a bit of water with lemon and cinnamon, I thought, “You’re on your way back to wellness!”
I sat on the deck and peered out into the cloud-filtered moonscape and enjoyed my warm, comforting snack. The simmered plantains are a bit like having fruit cobbler filling without the pastry!
Can you tell that I’m better? I am still weak but can now stand for more than five minutes without feeing faint. I can go up and down the stairs without having to stop and sit. The worst part of the sickness was the extreme fatigue, as if strong G forces had me strapped in a prone position that seemed impossible to break. Just lifting my hands took extreme effort. A bonus was that the sleep was deep, intense and easy. I rolled out of a dream-filled sleep just long enough to take my temperature , check my pulse, drink my water and roll right back into more vivid dreams.
On Saturday I was aware of dangerous high waves that would be assaulting the Pacific Coast, and at times I heard the waves ripping upriver. The deep sleep often trumped my will to look out the window, but several times I pulled free of the fog, retrieved my camera and caught a few unique moments. (Photos won’t upload here.) Before fainting, I dashed back to bed and into instant slumber. The sleep was a gift, thank you dear dengue.
If this was dengue, it was the fastest surgical strike I’ve ever known. As if driving along on cruise control and suddenly you have a blowout. Wham! After the fever peaked at 39.5, each day it was down one degree. As the fever lowered, my symptoms also lessened. I kept waiting for that other shoe to drop, but it never did, grrrrrrracias a-Dios. The weakness had the most endurance of all symptoms, but that’s probably Nature making sure that one doesn’t try to spring back too fast. It’s hard to believe that this time last week I felt 100-percent well with no clue of the approaching train wreck!
I will be going by the clinic sometime today to get my platelets checked and to report my dengue — or whatever it was — and look forward to taking it easy and getting a little stronger each day. “Poco a poco.”
Last night I found myself irritated by the sounds of the pumps and aerators on the shrimp farms. I couldn’t sleep, which is why I cooked the plantains. I chuckled and knew that I was getting better!!
I think that sometimes we need to experience illness so that we can appreciate wellness.
Thank you all for your beautiful outpouring of love!
Here I am, kept in my rain — so for once, I’m not the one to leave the late comment! I’m so glad you’re feeling better. And, yes. As I like to say, there’s nothing better than feeling good after feeling bad. I’m rarely ill, but I did have a little “thing” with a torn rotator cuff that went on and on and on. Then, one day, I realized it didn’t hurt any more, and I didn’t have the slightest idea when the pain had stopped. That it was gone was enough.
I smiled and smiled at your selection for a little musical accompaniment. It’s one of my favorites, right along with Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.
That would be “kept in by rain,” of course. It’s not my rain — it’s everyone’s.
Pedasi Pundit said:
So glad to hear that you are on the mend, Gloria a Dios!
Ruth Bailey said:
I’m so glad you are feeling better!
So glad you are feeling much better! You had me worried from thousands of miles away where I felt helpless! I agreed with your statement about having to be sick to appreciate being well! I have said that many times after having an illness. Once I was back to normal I seemed to have more self-discipline and energy to get things done. Stay well my friend!
Steve Schwartzman said:
Two days ago we bought some plátanos (readily available in Austin for a long time now) and will probably cook them tonight. ¡Buen provecho! to us all.
Speaking of food, as we recently were, this morning I came across a fruit in the nightshade family, naranjilla:
I’ve never seen one, but I expect you’ve seen and eaten them.
marina kanavaki said:
Dengue or no dengue begone! This may sound weird, but enjoy these moments of getting better… they are priceless. As if a burden has been lifted. Like waking up, still numb but seeing the world brighter and more beautiful. Happy recovery, my dear Z! xxxxx 🙂
Z, I am so glad you are better. Enjoy the plantains. Best wishes, amiga. BTG
Oh wow!! I am so sorry that you were so sick, but absolutely good to hear that you are on the other side of it!! I know it is serious, but I will say that there is a sweetness to life when you are coming out of a bad illness. Somehow normal feels euphoric!! And that we take it for granted so!!
To being well and a return to your energetic self!!
So pleased the dengue has abated, so sorry you caught the disease (which is also common around here). Hope you rapidly return to health. “The mosquito knows full well, small as he is/ He’s a beast of prey/But after all/ he only takes his bellyful/ He does not put my blood in the bank” – – (DH Lawrence) I suppose, as you found, there are small mercies everywhere. Tony
Alison and Don said:
Been having trouble keeping up due to slow internet. So sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Love the bird photos.
Jan Smith said:
So glad you are feeling better. Jan in Mississippi
Quick recovery! Perhaps it was not dengue, but whatever it was sure got you. Glad you’re on the other end of it.
So glad to hear you are well again Lisa!
So glad to hear you are getting better – that’s the best news of the day!
Playamart - Zeebra Designs said:
si, i hope to keep dodging those mosquitoes! i’ve lost a week, but tht beats two or three weeks w/dengue!
Yea! Good news. I love the Yow! photo of the heron or whatever that magnificent but grumpy bird is. 😉
Playamart - Zeebra Designs said:
that was such a funny moment, and i could tell by the bird’s posture that it was having a pms moment! i’m almost sure that’s a snowy egret…
Yup. You’re right. Snowy Egret.
Sounds like you were really knocked out. I’m so glad you’re well now, Lisa. 🙂
I agree with your words” we never appreciate our health until we have been sick”. When all is well we just take it for granted. I hope you soon are better