I started 2020 like most years, sending best wishes, making plans for a new year, yada yada.
During the day, I made a smart-assy Facebook post about the Georgia Game starting too late and at my age I wouldn’t be able to make it through the game.
Yeah, smart-assy comment…….. by 6PM, I was down. I was in bed, achy, headache, cough, all that loveliness that certainly signified I had the flu.
Next morning, as I am prone to do, I asked the proverbial “what do I have” question on Facebook. Resounding answer, you’ve got the flu dude, hydrate, rest and stay home.
So for the next week I stayed home, I hydrated and when asked, I said I felt better. Well that was a big ole lie, but who wants to be the person that others have to worry about.
To make a long story short, being stubborn and not wanting to worry anyone else was dumb and only made things worse. A week in, I finally contacted my Dr to make an appointment.
At this point, I was having lots of difficulty breathing, spending more and more time asleep, not eating and not functioning. The next morning, my brother took me to the Dr and within an hour, I was in the ER being checked into the hospital.
No flu, nah I jumped right past that to bilateral pneumonia.
I spent three days in the hospital and am now back home. It’s going to take some time to get my strength back, but I’ll get there.
One of the things I pride myself on is looking at situations going on in my life and trying to learn from what’s happening.
Now, trust me, I get it, I don’t have ANYTHING figured out, I still make elementary mistakes that leave me confounded on a daily basis. But, I think I did learn a lesson through this, and I am sure that I am just on chapter one of what I will learn.
I have been pretty fortunate through life to have good health. I’ve had a couple of minor surgeries and injuries and stuff, but until this, nothing ever serious.
Until these past couple of week’s I have never had a fear that I “wouldn’t make it.” But when you are struggling just to take your next breath, I can see how things get serious quickly.
I think it is pretty normal to sometimes get complacent with life and I have gotten there. I remember thinking one day before Christmas, “you know at this point if something happened, I’m good. I have had a good life, I have the best family on the planet, I have wonderful friends and I have had some awesome adventures…..I’m good.”
I was “good” until laying on an ER gurney I realized, I wasn’t and I realized all I wanted to do was keep breathing…… keep living and get well to see what the next adventure may be.
So, how’s your 2020 so far – mine so far has sucked, but you know what…. that may be exactly what I needed to find out just how awesome 2020 and beyond can be.
I’m gonna keep breathing through it and see what happens.