The problem when I don't blog for some time here at Studio Notes is that I always find it harder to post again. It feels like I always need to explain myself. Why I've been away. Why I haven't blogged. Why I'm blogging now.
So, to make life easier, I'll just say: I've had a busy weekend that led to a week-long illness. I went to the hospital and got loads of tests done because I was having so much pain. Knocked out with pain and meds for most of the week. Another test and a couple of doc check-ups later, I'm told that barring any relapse or continued symptoms... I should be on the mend. So, I'll preempt recovery and just say YAY!
There you go. Excuse out of the way. Now, here are 5 things I've learned from being sick over the last week...
*Side Story 1: No, I did not know what a Pink Lady was up until a few days ago when I absentmindedly drank the concoction handed to me by one of the nurses at the hospital. I didn't ask what it was and I started to panic when my lips, tongue, throat, and parts of my stomach went numb. When I asked the ER doctor about it, he laughed (yes, he laughed a lot) and said I should always ask what I'm given before I drink it. He was absolutely right of course. But, did he really have to enjoy my naivete that much?
2. There's never a good time to be sick. But, sometimes, the timing sucks more than your vaccuum cleaner. Seriously. Just had to go through work crisis in-between spasms of pain and being knocked out of pain meds. And, worse, I had to miss my Christmas work lunch - something that I've been really looking forward to.
3. There is no justice when it comes to ailments and health. You know those stories about the healthy person getting a heart attack? Or the person who never tried drugs or such getting in to an accident? My situation's not as bad, admittedly, but I'm not sure if anyone would believe it if I share what my doctor told me about the cause of the stomach pains that I had to suffer all week. I can barely believe it myself. I'm not sure if our family GP can believe it either.
4. The best way to get through pain and illness is to find as many distractions as possible. Especially useful when you're also going hungry from Extremely Bland Diet Syndrome. Or fasting for medical tests. Urgh. My favourite distractions this past week? Sleep, sleep, and more sleep. I don't remember sleeping so much! When I'm awake, I indulged in: ABC iView, especially to catch up on The Slap. My beloved Merlin, the TV series, Season 4 - especially love the ones with Santiago Cabrera (aka Lancelot), of course. Movies. Especially movies with Matthew Goode. Googling (er, ogling?!) Matthew Goode. Tweeting. And Facebook, when I can. And cheating on my bland diet (shhh! don't tell the doc!).
**Side Story 2: On my way to the hospital, my 4-year-old girl said to me: "Mum, I'm going to miss you. Really. If you don't get back, I wish you a Merry Christmas!" Sweeeeett! Heh.
So, there. My week in a nutshell. Hope your week's been pain-free, meds-free and hospital gown-free.