Wednesday, March 11, 2009

waiting, waiting, waiting

Today I am waiting. Waiting for spring. Waiting to find out if both my boys got into the new charter school, waiting to hear if we got the good room rates for our trip this weekend, waiting to go to work, waiting for the tree in the back yard to bloom, waiting on a check from a client, waiting to have time to finish our taxes, waiting to be well again.

Did I tell you that I have Mono? Yep, that's right the kissing disease. I have the kissing disease.
Sad thing is I first caught it when I was a teenager and not kissing anyone. I have always had a bit of wimpy immune system despite my mothers best efforts to bolster it with disgusting early forms of herbs and vitamins (remember back when echinacea was a tea that looked (and tasted) much more like sludge than herbal relief? No? Lucky you!) and somehow I picked the nasty virus up, without having even earned it with the lovely kissing I thought was required for it's transfer.

So that was well over 16 (maybe more?) years ago and apparently I have it -or a flare up of it - again (which disproves the old myth that once you have it, you never have to worry about it again... and I have the blood test to prove it) and this time it is really kicking my tail.

I am too old for the kissing disease. I do not bounce back quite as quickly these days as I did in my youth, and I am not recovering as fast from this bout as I did in my younger days.

And waiting? Well being in this state of waiting, waiting, waiting is not helping. It just makes me more anxious, which makes me more tired, which makes me less well.
It's a lovely cycle.

The thing about waiting and being anxious and being sick, is that they really all have the same cure. Resting. Resting, resting, resting.

Isn't it one of the great lesson of life, that sometimes the best thing you can do when there is so much to be done, is to do nothing at all?

Apparently it is such an important lesson that we all need refresher courses from time to time.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time”

John Lubbock quotes


  1. I love your typo's, #1! First, while most would have a flare up, you are definitely the one to have a flair up! And no way are you a candidate for the decease of kissing! Hope you get well soon.

    love, daddyo

  2. ok, so I had to go and fix the typo's - couldn't help myself!

    thanks daddy!

  3. Sorry to hear your not feeling well. Hope you get better soon.

  4. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this! Get some rest, it is hard to shut the computer down, turn off the phone and watch Sponge Bob with the boys when you have a million things to do, but it has to be done. I feel like I have mono for the first year after having a baby, does that count? I've never had it, but I know we aren't supposed to get sick or have any diseases in this life according to the word. We went through a spout of 6 Strep Throat visits every two weeks for three months. I finally put my foot down, no more strep throat. We just took my youngest to the doctor for huge swollen glands on Monday and guess what! No strep!!

    Take it easy!


  5. We called it the kissing disease too, but I was lucky enough in my teens to kiss but never catch it.

    Love your spring photos!

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. Mono? Arghhhhhhhhh! That bites.

  7. my 7 year old daughter has mono and she is really feeling icky.... it has been 3 months for her diagnosis and i keep waiting for her to feel better... try keeping a 7 year old on the down low for R&R. hope your feeling better as soon as possible, kerri
    (dots of life)

  8. OH, I am so sorry to hear that you are sick. Mono is the worst. My husband had it when he was 19. It was just awful. I hope you can find peace so that you can manage to enjoy some of your down time. Thinking of you.

  9. I hope you recover soon. It is hard to rest in this age of constant movement. Take it easy and heal. BTW your post photos are beautiful, Pam

  10. My poor sweet friend! I wish you patience, health and hugs. Jen

  11. loved the lesson in this post, though feeling for you on the mono thing. hope you have a delightful weekend despite it, and I'll be praying for y'all!

  12. I'm so behind I didn't even know you were sick-get better soon. I had mono in college & can't imagine what it would be like now-between my age and my daughter & everything else. My heart goes out to you!


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