this has been a week


"You flicker and you're beautiful. You glow inside my head."

My mom is in the hospital with pneumonia. She’s been in since Wednesday of last week. She came down with it two weekends ago when I was in Spokane visiting. We all thought it was the flu but it turned out to be much worse. A week ago today she ended up in ICU because it had quickly spread into her bloodstream. She almost died. We were all really afraid last weekend that she wasn’t going to make it. But she did and she is doing very well now. She is getting stronger every day and will hopefully be released from the hospital soon. Probably today. I am so unbelievably happy that she is o.k. I seriously don’t know what I would have done had she not made it. I kind of don’t want to even think about it because it is so depressing.

So I ended up getting a pneumonia shot on Tuesday. Honestly, I had no clue that it was contagious. So I’d like to avoid going through what my mom did, thankyouverymuch. At least if I can help it. So I went to the doctor on Tuesday to see about getting a shot. I had to wait to get a doctor’s approval (because they generally only give them to those 65 or older) but when I explained my story they were kind enough to give me one. They asked me if I wanted a Tetanus shot as well. I said, “Sure! And why don’t you also give me a flu shot while I’m here too!” So they did. Happily.

Did you know that Tetanus shots cause vomiting and nausea? I had no idea. Until I woke up Wednesday morning to make coffee. I was all, “Oh I’m so excited to get up this morning so I can drink my coffee and knit!” And then I wandered down the stairs and I was all, “Hmm. I’m not sure I’m feeling super great.” Then I started to make the coffee and was interrupted with the sudden urge to vomit. So that was fun. As a bonus? My right arm feels like someone slugged me really, really hard.

I’m just glad everything turned out o.k. Very glad.

I took the above photo last weekend at Wildwood. The forest is brimming with all kinds of new growth right now. It’s really lovely.