Thursday, 11 February 2010

Life's Little Delights

I have been out of the loop for over a week now.
If anyone has had the Norwalk virus you have an idea of what that does to you.
It is a little more complicated for me because I have other medical issues , so it was profound and scary.
Especially when you have to be carted off in an ambulance in your pajamas .. thank god for big fluffy robe to cover faded cat and dog pjs.
I got back home after an over night stay and a huge commitment to convincing the doctors I was well enough .. I would have done anything to go home .. anything and I mean it.
You can't imagine (unless you have gone through this) how much you need to be in your own home, bed and bathroom. Nothing against the medical team .. they saved me and I love them to bits .. but this is one bunny that needs to be in her own warren.
The smallest details mean the world to you .. who ever invented chipped ice to save your burning throat "I LOVE YOU" !! .. ice water was shear heaven even though the fear of something unmentionable might happen .. ever so slowly down it went.
Pillows .. we never say enough good about them ... ginger ale "Canada Dry" absolute bliss. Orange jello .. who created jello ? I want to have them in my will !!
Husbands that would do anything for us while we look like (well .. we don't need to go there , right?) Son that kept checking on mom on the bathroom floor that she would not leave said bathroom floor .. until husband and son insisted after over 48 hours of making friends with bathroom floor .. it is a good floor ;-)
This event makes you rethink everything in between the waves of nausea , life's details are enormously magnified .. could be the fever but thinking "this is it" makes you do a little soul searching .. I know it sounds corny .. but you have never seen me in this condition .. count yourself L-U-C-K-Y !!
So yesterday evening when I was able to be upright and walk around I saw the hint of colour from the front window which has not a view you would rush to .. but just that hint of colour seemed glorious to me since I haven't been able to look at the sky ..
My pictures are a bit abstract through my neighbor's big and sadly dying tree .. but the tangle of limbs with the hints of colour seemed like "life" .. so complex, so scary at times but when you see that hint of colour it brings something out in you .. you center on how truly beautiful it all is.
I know .. far too gushy .. but hey , sometimes a gal has to get gushy about appreciating her life very much and all the wonderful people in it : )
Thank you again for the e-mail , cards and messages .. I'm alive and kicking .. even though it will take a little time for me to get back to my usual crazy self ?
So I am doing what Emma is doing here ... taking care of business ?? *SMIRK*

I have a hard time getting my foot up the wall the way she does though ?


Barry said...

So glad to hear that you are well enough to be home, now stick to the rules and get lots of rest and relaxation. Don't be traipsing out to the garden for photos too soon!

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Wow, I'm glad you're feeling better! It sounds awful but you made it through!

miss m said...

Good gosh, the hospital ? Glad to know you're back at home and feeling better. Lovely post. (Not gushy at all !). Do take care !

Gail said...

So glad you are on the mend~You know i was concerned! (((U))) gail

RURAL magazine said...

Oh this is terrible, but good to hear that you are feeling better. I had thought it ran it's course after infecting so many people on cruise ships, and hotels.

My Dad had it, and I can sympathize with you, it is terrible. Get well soon.


Cat said...

Feel better Sweetie!
So glad your home, don't forget to hydrate.

Anonymous said...

Sure is good to see you back!

Carol said...

Gosh! I am so sorry to read all this... what you had to go through! Yikes!! Hospitals are no fun... I agree whole heartedly! Though we are so happy to have them when we need the help. Now I hope you can follow Emma's lifestyle and take it easy. May this be the absolute last time you get to know your bathroom floor so well. Best wishes for a very complete restoration to your good health. Your photographs are intriguing ... the light and dark ... most appropriate... me thinks! Hauntingly beautiful... so good you could be home to see the sunrise... or was it the sunset? ;>)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am so sorry that you have been so ill. Mz Emma has the right idea. Take care.

Rose said...

Glad to see you back posting, Joy; I have been worried about you. This virus sounds awful! I'm so glad you are feeling better, and I hope you'll soon be back to your old self. In the meantime, taking a cue from Emma sounds like the best way to recuperate.

It does take something like this to make us appreciate the little things in life. Hope you see sunny skies again soon!

Unknown said...

So glad to hear that you're on the mend. How dreadful an experience!

Do take it easy and get your rest.

Take care,

Jennifer AKA keewee said...

So glad to hear you are on the mend.

Northern Beauty Seeker said...

I think you should do exactly what Emma is doing! Take care of yourself, Joy. That beautiful sky was a gift just for you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joy~~ Wow you've been through the ringer, girl! It must have been awful. I'm glad you're on the mend.

Air hugs to you, dear friend.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Dear Joy, What an ordeal you've had! You seem to have kept your wit and humour (although it may have left temporarily while you were befriending your bathroom floor). How frightening that you had to be taken by ambulance. I'm so glad you're on the mend, great to see your sky pics again. :) Rebecca

janie said...

I have been there and done that. Not the same condition as you mention, but hauled away in an ambulance, not even realizing that I was honestly ill. Nine days of sucking on life-saving ice chips, DO NOT SWALLOW, not a bite to eat for those days...

When I awoke in the middle of one of those nights to find my sweet Husband sitting by my bedside with tears rolling down his face, I was sure I would die. I did not, however. A bit of surgical magic, and home on the 11th day, I am so appreciative of every day.

I am glad you are feeling up to rejoining us. I wish you a speedy recovery.

I love that fat cat.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you sweetie : )
I'm banned for a while so I have to be good (and you know how hard that is for me ? hehehe) No traipsing around I promise ! ;-)

Dear Dave, thank you so much .. yup .. it was pretty horrendous .. ugh ! Hope to never go "there" again !

Thank you ms m : ) Things just got so out of hand I wasn't prepared for it .. I so appreciate my own little nest more than ever now !

Gail you are such a sweet heart .. thank you girl .. that card was so pretty : ) made me BELIEVE Spring was coming : )

Thanks Jen girl : ) .. it has been in Kingston many times but some how we were lucky not to be touched .. it is a tornado when it hits but my other medical issues got caught up in it and I know now I have to go to the hospital right away if something like this happens again .. strict orders scare you ? LOL

Hi Cat girl .. thank you ! It is hard to believe just how much you appreciate cold water and pillows etc .. slowly but surely I am on the mend and we will be much better prepared if anything like this comes again. Hope you are OK way over there ? : )

Hey Rose : ) Thank you ! and I owe you an e-mail girl : )

Hello there Carol and thank you !
My bathroom floor and I will be close for now on .. you just can't break up that kind of previous relationship ? LOL
It was a sunset in the front which is hard to get any decent pictures of .. houses, light poles, etc .. but shooting through my neighbor's tree has exactly that atmosphere "haunting" you picked that up ! : ) I was so happy to feel that excitement after feeling so terrible .. life returns eventually ? : )

Hi Lisa .. Thanks girl ! Emma knows exactly what to do with each event life throws at her .. so I make sure to take her cue ? LOL

Thank you Rose girl .. it was rather profound I have to say .. shook me to the core .. so every little thing in life that is a comfort means so much. Emma and Sophie were so happy to see me .. they love the guys too but I'm a girl so we had to have girlie times together ? LOL Yes .. working on the med for sure : )

Hi Freda thank you : ) mending well now and love drinking cold water until I feel quenched .. small thing you would think ? until you get hit over the head with that virus stick ;-) LOL

Thank you so much Keewee : )
I have a new respect for jello ;-)

Ms S .. you are sweet ! Thank you : ) .. Emma is a great teacher and yes, I thought that was a little gift just for me too *SMILE*

Grace girl thank you so much .. I hope no one else gets that bug, it is unbelievable .. I am a little afraid about going out in the real world without masks and gloves now ? haha .. life goes on though and thanks for the air hugs ;-) LOL

Rebecca girl thank you : ) An ambulance ride puts a few other things in perspective along with the bathroom floor ;-) funny how you can learn lessons in these types of situations but you just never know ? LOL .. No I wasn't laughing during that time (although my brain was STRANGE ? .. then again it is strange anyways ?: ) YES ! I was so happy to see sky by then .. it is a comfort !

Janie ! You know the rule about the ice chips girl ! LOL .. by then I cheated a little and couldn't help but bite on them haha
My goodness you were in bad shape .. husbands are wonderful creatures aren't they ? at times they can annoy you but during sickness they are knights in shinning armour ! I am working on getting better and I do feel much better .. Emma loves to show her Buddha belly .. she is very proud of that ! LOL

*~* Linda *~* said...

Oh you don't know how glad I am to see posting again!! I'm glad the boys took care of you, it was driving me nuts to not know how you were doing (even talking about it to #1 son got him very anxious sO i had to stop grilling him). Those pictures are so beautiful, I love the abstractness of them!! "Haunting" was the word used and I think it's very appropriate and man oh man emma looks soooo comfy and soft and blissful.

Well, welcome back to the land of the living and just think... you are now 1 week closer to spring!! ha ha ha ok ok, I realize that's NOT how you wanted to spend the last week, but still...

welcome back!! :)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I noticed you hadn't posted for awhile, I'm sorry to hear how sick you were. Glad you were able to get home quickly, I think the comforts of home have a lot to do with feeling better.
Your photos are so pretty through the branches. Take good care of yourself!

Cat said...

I'm good, if a little stressed about work or the lack there of.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Linda you are too funny ! .. Yup, I wouldn't recommend having to go through that to spend time fast .. I thought about it (yesterday) and how it all started and I just shuddered .. ugh ! But you are right ! closer to Spring .. a little garden show is happening the first week of March so that will be fun to see .. the girls are happy and yes to how comfortable Emma can get herself ! LOL .. one comfort seeking cat ;-)

Hi Catherine and thank you ! It did put a dent in my posting for sure .. it is still a little tricky being on here but I do a little at a time .. I don't want to fall way back ? ;-)
And YES to being home which is the best medicine !

Cat girl .. I'm sorry, maybe it is just a little lag time that has happened and soon things will start to pick up again !! : )

Victoria said...

HI Joy..sorry to hear you were not fun! Hope you feel totally better real soon..100%!!
Keep shining! Wishing you lot's of TLC!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Ha ha...even while being ill, you still make me smile Joy. As I've mentioned in my emails, I'm sorry you had to go through this nasty-sounding virus. And I so understand about wanting to be home (especially around your own bathroom) when you're sick. I think we've all had moments when we've been best of friends with our bathroom floor... :) Thank goodness for your boys taking care of you.

And Emma is so funny. She looks the way Bailey does when he's (still can't get used to the idea that we have a male ferret) totally relaxed. I'm in stitches picturing you lying around like that!

Jan said...

Dear Joy, oh your poor thing, I'm so sorry for what you had to go through...sounds like you've been to hell and back. And being back is so much better. Thanks God you are ok, I must say that having experienced losing much of the roof of my mouth due to salivary gland cancer, and knowing how close it came to my brain stem-and the radiation that went directly 'to' the brain stem to try to stop it...and the loss of 35 lbs (well, I'm not complaining about that!!-I've gained it all back, & more)...but after all of that, I felt similar to what you just expressed. Feeling like you have a short time to be alive and then realizing you've 'made it', well, there are no words for that! And feeling so sick...eww, I HATE throwing up, and the nausea, that is pure HELL...I'm so glad that part seems to be over for you. Hang in there and get your strength back. Spring will be here soon, meanwhile, keep taking those photos...your sky shots are always stunning;-)

tina said...

I was wondering where you were. I am so sorry to find out it has been the hospital. I am very glad you are safe at home now and thank goodness on the mend and taking care of business-sleeping and resting!;)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you so much Kiki : ) I appreciate all of the good vibes you are sending girl ! I know it will help ;-)

Martha girl .. you have to see some of the funny side of it .. even with a haywired brain during the "Twilight Zone" episode ?: )
I know I am not alone with making friends of the bathroom floor .. in fact I am sure their is a support group out there some where ?
LOL ... I am still laughing about Bailey too ! John said you might end up on Jerry Springer with Bailey's identification problem ?
Yessssss ! now if only I could get my leg up the wall ??? hahaha

Jan girl .. my god .. I had no idea what you had went through and are going through .. here I am complaining about the stomach bug.
I understand a little how you have felt .. my girlfriend died while going through radiation treatments. It is overwhelming. I hope there is no trace any longer for you .. I appreciate your best wishes and I truly hope you are feeling much better too !

Hi Tina .. it all happened so fast and literally so violently (I'm sure the whole neighborhood could hear me ;-) .. but I do appreciate a fantastic medical team and being able to come home and appreciate my guys and see my girls .. that is the best medicine : )

Pat said...

Now that's bad if you have to go to the hospital !
I know what you mean...if you can go from bed to bathroom on your own then HOME is preferred.
Only you could make fun of having a relationship with the bathroom floor.
Get well soon kiddo.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hey Patsi girl ! Thanks : )
My bathroom floor and I have a new found respect for each other .. it understands me and I hugged it .. a lot ! haha .. life and its weird relationships eh ?
Spring is coming girl .. are you ready ?? LOL

our friend Ben said...

Gack, don't I know just how you felt! The hospital... the ice chips... finally getting some ginger ale... and last but not least, making friends with the bathroom floor! Shriek. I'm so glad you're home and better and have Emma setting such a good example for you!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you Elly girl ! .. I really didn't know how that whole episode was going to turn out .. I so wanted to go home but they made me stay over night .. I know they were right but being in your own little nest can make you feel so much better : )
Yes ..Emma and Sophie are giving me lessons on how to relax .. but the leg up the wall .. that is a bit hard to do ? haha

Kylee Baumle said...

Gosh, Joy, sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well! Nothing worse than feeling ucky in winter. Continue to take care of yourself so you'll be ready to go when winter decides to depart. *hugs*

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello there Kylee and thank you girl ! .. This has been one of my worst winters and all the while when I was working on being super strong warrior gardener ? LOL
Spring is such a tease eh ? .. we all know it has to settle in some time though .. phew ! ;-)