And This is What You Get Today

I'm apologizing in advance for not making much sense today.  I may ramble too, but you're used to that, right?

I'm not feeling quite as badly as I did a day ago, but this "thing" I've caught has turned into a bad head/chest cold.

** I can't breathe **

I'm definitely suffering from cold medicine induced brain-fog also.  I've been doing things like forgetting what I'm talking about mid-sentence, pee-ing a little each time I sneeze, coughing with a mouthful of soup and spewing it all over myself.

I'm so much fun!

And yet, in spite of it all – I wanted to give you at least one update I promised would be forthcoming.

Before I do?

(Prepare for tangent ….)

My chocolate lab is really jealous I always show you photos of my golden.  The golden is more photogenic, but try explaining that to a lab with hurt feelings.  In the interest of being fair, here's a picture of Mocha, my female chocolate lab:

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Her eyes are two different colors, did you notice?

She's not as smart as my golden, but her heart is filled to the brim with love and kindness.

By the way, never take a photo of a brown dog with a brown couch behind her.

I've OD'ed on cold meds, can you tell?

And on with today's update …. 

I won't be going to Cambodia.  I was working on details this week and there were a lot of complications.  In fact, there was one complication after another … to the point where it finally just seemed like this trip was not meant to be.  The biggest factor was I didn't have enough time to complete all the required immunizations.  I could have traveled only 90% immunized, but Briefcase, who works in the medical world, was not comfortable with that at all.  Especially since I would be working in a hospital, and therefore, most likely exposed to very sick people.  Some very serious diseases (hepatitis, cholera, typhoid, malaria, dengue fever) are prevalent in Cambodia.

There were other factors too.  The timing was not compatible with some big family stuff we have going on in June, the cost would be well over $2,000 and we're on a strict two-kids-in-college budget right now, etc., etc.  

There was also concern over my limitations with my arm.  That concern, in relation to the Cambodia trip, is an entire blog post all on its own and I won't bore you with it.  (Because, blah, blah, blah … I have a really fucked up arm.  The end.)

I was really honored to be invited.  I hope sometime in the future all the pieces will come together so I might experience a trip like this, but this particular one will not work out for me.

In spite of being sick, I had a very chaotic, busy, day yesterday.  It involved, among many other things, sitting out in very cold weather and pouring rain to watch my son's baseball game.  The game went into extra innings because, of course, a game in pouring rain could not end early or on time.  

That is exactly how a person goes about getting pneumonia, by the way.

It also involved mixing this:

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With cold meds.

Which I don't recommend.  

Especially when you double triple the recommended dosage of cold meds so you can attend the event without coughing and sneezing on everyone.

I'll tell you more about that soon.

For now, I hope you'll excuse me while I go make some tea and … 

** Cough ** 

** Cough **

ACHOOOOOO!

. . . .  Excuse me  . . . .

Where's the Kleenex?

© Twenty Four At Heart

39 Responses to “And This is What You Get Today”

  1. di

    Careful with that cold… it’s hitting everyone. We had it a month or so ago and it just flat puts you down on the couch or in bed for a week or two. My cousin in Arizona is suffering with it right now. It’s nothing to mess with so do take care. Cambodia will be there another time. It’s not going anywhere.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  2. di

    Careful with that cold… it’s hitting everyone. We had it a month or so ago and it just flat puts you down on the couch or in bed for a week or two. My cousin in Arizona is suffering with it right now. It’s nothing to mess with so do take care. Cambodia will be there another time. It’s not going anywhere.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  3. di

    Careful with that cold… it’s hitting everyone. We had it a month or so ago and it just flat puts you down on the couch or in bed for a week or two. My cousin in Arizona is suffering with it right now. It’s nothing to mess with so do take care. Cambodia will be there another time. It’s not going anywhere.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  4. Jan

    I’ve *still* got a bit of a cough from my cold a couple of weeks ago – try and take it easy, PLEASE.
    I’m sorry about the trip to Cambodia, but I have to agree with Briefcase on this one. That kind of stuff you don’t want to mess with.
    (((24)))

  5. Jan

    I’ve *still* got a bit of a cough from my cold a couple of weeks ago – try and take it easy, PLEASE.
    I’m sorry about the trip to Cambodia, but I have to agree with Briefcase on this one. That kind of stuff you don’t want to mess with.
    (((24)))

  6. Jan

    I’ve *still* got a bit of a cough from my cold a couple of weeks ago – try and take it easy, PLEASE.
    I’m sorry about the trip to Cambodia, but I have to agree with Briefcase on this one. That kind of stuff you don’t want to mess with.
    (((24)))

  7. Michelle Pixie

    Poor Mocha! She’s adorable! =)
    Sorry about the trip. That is a bummer but I completely understand and agree with your desicion. {For what it’s worth!}
    Hoping your cough crud doesn’t stick around for too long! 😉

  8. Michelle Pixie

    Poor Mocha! She’s adorable! =)
    Sorry about the trip. That is a bummer but I completely understand and agree with your desicion. {For what it’s worth!}
    Hoping your cough crud doesn’t stick around for too long! 😉

  9. Michelle Pixie

    Poor Mocha! She’s adorable! =)
    Sorry about the trip. That is a bummer but I completely understand and agree with your desicion. {For what it’s worth!}
    Hoping your cough crud doesn’t stick around for too long! 😉

  10. Pam

    I hope you feel better soon!
    Your photography skills are obviously so much more advanced than mine. I have a chocolate lab too and have never been able to get a picture that clear! Mine has dark brown eyes (both of them) 🙂 so those are hard to see. Luckily his beard and eyebrows are now turning grey, so those show up. Maybe you could do a Friday post on photographing dark animals. 🙂
    I agree with your husband. Although I’m not a doctor, I think you are wise not to go help others without all of your immunizations.
    Get well soon!

  11. Pam

    I hope you feel better soon!
    Your photography skills are obviously so much more advanced than mine. I have a chocolate lab too and have never been able to get a picture that clear! Mine has dark brown eyes (both of them) 🙂 so those are hard to see. Luckily his beard and eyebrows are now turning grey, so those show up. Maybe you could do a Friday post on photographing dark animals. 🙂
    I agree with your husband. Although I’m not a doctor, I think you are wise not to go help others without all of your immunizations.
    Get well soon!

  12. Pam

    I hope you feel better soon!
    Your photography skills are obviously so much more advanced than mine. I have a chocolate lab too and have never been able to get a picture that clear! Mine has dark brown eyes (both of them) 🙂 so those are hard to see. Luckily his beard and eyebrows are now turning grey, so those show up. Maybe you could do a Friday post on photographing dark animals. 🙂
    I agree with your husband. Although I’m not a doctor, I think you are wise not to go help others without all of your immunizations.
    Get well soon!

  13. Tami

    Mocha is SO sweet!
    I know a lot of people who have been sick and I think its a bit more serious than a cold.
    Try to rest and -ugh- don’t sit in the rain for baseball games.
    I think your decison on cambodia is a smart one.

  14. Tami

    Mocha is SO sweet!
    I know a lot of people who have been sick and I think its a bit more serious than a cold.
    Try to rest and -ugh- don’t sit in the rain for baseball games.
    I think your decison on cambodia is a smart one.

  15. Tami

    Mocha is SO sweet!
    I know a lot of people who have been sick and I think its a bit more serious than a cold.
    Try to rest and -ugh- don’t sit in the rain for baseball games.
    I think your decison on cambodia is a smart one.

  16. Erica

    I’m sorry about Cambodia but it sounds reasonable not to go. Mocha’s cute.

  17. Erica

    I’m sorry about Cambodia but it sounds reasonable not to go. Mocha’s cute.

  18. Erica

    I’m sorry about Cambodia but it sounds reasonable not to go. Mocha’s cute.

  19. Kelly

    Feel better. I had that recently. I was down for the count for over a week.
    ps mocha looks very sweet

  20. Kelly

    Feel better. I had that recently. I was down for the count for over a week.
    ps mocha looks very sweet

  21. Kelly

    Feel better. I had that recently. I was down for the count for over a week.
    ps mocha looks very sweet

  22. WebSavvyMom

    –>I didn’t even realize you had a chocolate. Poor Mocha… Although I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I take more pictures of my “white dog” the yellow lab Sandy Paws over my older “brown dog” the chocolate lab Sydney.
    (Sorry about your trip but briefcase is right about the immunizations.)

  23. WebSavvyMom

    –>I didn’t even realize you had a chocolate. Poor Mocha… Although I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I take more pictures of my “white dog” the yellow lab Sandy Paws over my older “brown dog” the chocolate lab Sydney.
    (Sorry about your trip but briefcase is right about the immunizations.)

  24. WebSavvyMom

    –>I didn’t even realize you had a chocolate. Poor Mocha… Although I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I take more pictures of my “white dog” the yellow lab Sandy Paws over my older “brown dog” the chocolate lab Sydney.
    (Sorry about your trip but briefcase is right about the immunizations.)

  25. NeCole Scott

    I’m drinking a hot toddy in your honor–feel better soon!

  26. NeCole Scott

    I’m drinking a hot toddy in your honor–feel better soon!

  27. NeCole Scott

    I’m drinking a hot toddy in your honor–feel better soon!

  28. Tami Wyatt

    I had no idea you were sick last night. Thanks for everything you endured in order to be able to make it to our dinner last night. I really enjoyed meeting you and look forward to getting to see you again. Maybe on a picture taking field trip??
    Your doggies are beautiful!

  29. Tami Wyatt

    I had no idea you were sick last night. Thanks for everything you endured in order to be able to make it to our dinner last night. I really enjoyed meeting you and look forward to getting to see you again. Maybe on a picture taking field trip??
    Your doggies are beautiful!

  30. Tami Wyatt

    I had no idea you were sick last night. Thanks for everything you endured in order to be able to make it to our dinner last night. I really enjoyed meeting you and look forward to getting to see you again. Maybe on a picture taking field trip??
    Your doggies are beautiful!

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