Not Back to Normal

Sorry for the absence, friends, but furrylittlegnome has been under the weather.  When gnome is ill, all activities (except for watching television) cease to exist.

A fortnight ago, the first symptoms appeared.  She was tired, her throat a little scratchy, not feeling like herself.  As the week progressed, gnome was not feeling any better.  One weekend morning, at the advice of fellow gnomes, a visit to the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Walk-In unit was in order.  It was the last place gnome wanted to be on a beautiful and sunny New England day, but she needed to get checked out.

Fearing the worst, she was pleasantly surprised.  The waiting room was clean and empty, and furrylittlegnome was seen right away.  A nurse took her temperature (which was normal) and a long wooden Q-tip was inserted into gnome’s mouth for a strep test (which came back negative).  Five minutes later, she saw the doctor.  He listened to furry’s lungs and took her blood pressure.  His course of treatment for her?  Cēpacol lozenges to treat her sore throat and plenty of liquids.  That was all.  Nothing else.

Twelve hours later, those minute symptoms blossomed into larger ones:   a deep and painful cough, congestion, a head ache, an ear ache and the chills.    Furrylittlegnome knew she was in trouble.   If this was not treated soon, she would probably wind up in the hospital.  After three sleepless nights and many cough drops and kleenex later, Monday morning finally arrived.  At 8am, gnome made the phone call to her doctor’s office and she was back at the MGH and seen shortly after.  It was quickly established furrylittlegnome had a pretty bad respiratory infection.  She was given antibiotics right away – including Tussionex to take away the pain (and cough) so gnome could sleep at night.

Furrylittlegnome is now on the mend.  She has been recuperating at home and has been busy on Pinterest, watching “Breaking Bad,” needlepointing holiday gifts, doing some online Christmas shopping, craving and eating foods that she would not typically consume and watching the first episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.   Since gnome has had nothing of substance happen in recent weeks, here is a snippet of things happening in the lives of others…

It looks like the author the The Peony Pages will be rowing in The Head of the Charles this school year!

Furrylittlegnome’s four-year old niece is very excited to show gnome her school during Grandparents and Special Friends Day in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, gnome’s eighteen month old niece has started referring to her aunt as “Doh Doh”.

A co-worker brought gnome four Harrow’s Chicken Pies.  Someone else gave furrylittlegnome a HoneyBaked Ham!

One of gnome’s friends, who does not have a blog and shall remain nameless, went into the operating room for ACL knee repair last week.  She is sounding very “perky” these days.

This week, there was silence.  The typical enjoyable daily texts were not received.  Why? Furrylittlegnome’s stylish connoisseur on everything has been stricken with a sore throat, congestion and general malaise.

Another friend was stricken – not with an illness but a not-so-great $90 haircut.   Think page-boy cut with bangs…

And finally, after receiving an iMessage from Atleastimnotbitter that had a photo of a dead rodent attached, Atleastimnotbitter frantically called furrylittlegnome to tell her she found a dead rat in her Portland, Maine driveway.  After further inspection of the photo and an hour of google images searches, we have finally determined that the rodent was actually a baby vole.

Furrylittlegnome will be back this week with some substance.  Until then…

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20 Responses to Not Back to Normal

  1. Escaping Our Comfort Zone says:

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend! Now enough of these shenanigans!

  2. Sorry you haven’t been feeling well, but it’s great to hear from you again! Sounds like you’ve been making the most of it! 🙂

  3. FF says:

    Poor FLG! That sounds terrible! I’m glad you are on the mend. Take it easy though – you don’t need a relapse!

  4. Sorry to learn that you are not keeping well. Get better soon.

  5. julespaige says:

    Dear FLG, Wishing you and your friends speedy recoveries!!! Today is begins the second week of the Kitchen face lift – being without a kitchen for almost three weeks might be a delight for some, but I will be missing out on two weeks of veggies from the farm co-op. I wish I could send you some of the yummy veggie soups I’m stocking in my downstairs chest freezer.

    I used to get laryngitis at the drop of a hat. Very annoying. Oh voles I have them here in SW PA!!

    I have started reading again…(between writing) and I only watch a few show serials. NCIS being one of them. I’m reading a book about a real life mystery you might enjoy: The Secret Rooms (a Castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death) about the Dukes of Rutland (the Manners family) – reminiscent of your Downton Abby maybe?

    Hugs, Jules

    • Hi Jules,
      Furry is on the mend and doing much better. Hope to be at 100% in the next day or two. Seeing how gnome has used her oven three times in 2013, she could handle being without a kitchen for two weeks, but the mess and the lack of fresh veggies would be an annoyance.

      Getting respiratory infections and bronchitis is something that happens every winter to Furrylittlegnome, but this bout started in mid-September which is very early to begin the “sick” cycle.

      “The Secret Rooms” seems right up my ally! Will look it up after gnome finishes sending this to you. Have been doing a lot of needlepoint so the television as served as background noise…

      Thanks for your note-
      Jodie, I mean, Furrylittlegnome 😊

      • julespaige says:

        One thing that I discovered is the amount of staff required to serve the castle. As early on there was no plumbing…there were ‘watermen’ – men who from the basement made rounds to fill every water basin, pitcher etc with water – they were like human oxen carrying a yoke with a water can on each side. Now if a pint is a pound the world around that must have been grueling and tedious work.

        I think this particular castle has/had close to 250-300 rooms and the two upper levels where the ‘family’ lived had no heat save for fireplaces and no running water.

        The present Duke and his wife actually have the castle open for touring. I’m not sure as yet if they still live in the castle. The history of the whole landholder and surfs/workers/people 1800’s (and earlier) living on, working for and subletting one family is fascinating.

        If you’d like send me an e-mail. As I’d be happy to send it to you when I’m finished with it.

      • Yes! Let me know when you are finished. It sounds very interesting and right up my alley…

      • julespaige says:

        🙂 I’ll e-mail you. It is also has a bunch of photos, and floor plans of the castle!!! So cool. This writer did their due diligence.

  6. Clouds N Cups says:

    Happy October, my friend!

    May this month be a beautiful and fruitful one for you and your loved ones!

    Take care, get well soon and Cheers!! D:

  7. Libby says:

    Here’s hoping you are completely recovered and fully functioning soon!

  8. Mustang.Koji says:

    I am very sorry to read you were (a lot) under the weather and hope you are all on the mend… but one thing… Christmas shopping???? lol

    • Hahaha! It’s true. The stores, here in Boston, get so overcrowded after Thanksgiving. Coupled with the winter weather, it’s just easier getting everything done early so Furrylittlegnome can actually enjoy the holiday season. Feeling so much better. Thank you.

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