Thursday, April 25, 2019

Back to the Land of the Living

© Can Stock Photo / ESchweitzer
No, I haven't fallen off the planet, although it may appear that way. I don't know exactly what I had, but whatever it was, I've never been this sick for this long in my life.

It started at the end of February. I felt like I was coming down with mild cold and I really didn't feel bad at all. A few days later I looked in the mirror and noticed I had an eye infection. (Conjunctivitis.) Then it spread to the other eye. Typical. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious but it's usually not serious; it's just irritating. Unfortunately, it was only the beginning. My ears decided they had to get into the act as well.

First the Eustachian tube in my left ear started hurting. Bad. Really, really, bad. Then it ruptured and started bleeding, and I wasn't exactly pleased at that point. (Panicked is more like it.) So I went to urgent care and they prescribed antibiotics. The eyes cleared up, but then I ended up with ear infections in both ears so I spent the next couple of weeks hardly able to hear. Someone suggested Flonase, so tried it, and that got them to drain some. However, as I'm writing I'm still not fully recovered. I was finally able to get in to see ENT physician a few days ago. Thankfully, the ruptured eardrum has healed, and she says I'm on the mend and doing well. It's about time, as I also had a c diff infection a few weeks ago. I got it from the antibiotics, and trust me, it wasn't fun either. C diff is a potentially deadly superbug that's become an epidemic. It affects people of all ages, and it usually happens to people who've been very sick and taking antibiotics, as I was. 

While I was sick I thought I'd spend some time writing, but it was really hard for me to focus. No doubt infections affect your brain as well, so I spent most days napping, playing solitaire, hanging out on Facebook and watching YouTube videos. That's when I stumbled on a young filmmaker whose work is really impressive. His name is Arthur Dark, and his YouTube series is called Hollywood Graveyard. While it may sound morbid to some it's actually well researched, full of interesting history, and it's well produced. This kid has talent and, hopefully, he'll go far.  Meantime, if you're so inclined, go check him out. 

I'm finally feeling better and getting back to doing the things I enjoy doing, such as playing my piano, going out and listening to live music, photography, blogging, and, of course, writing. I'm finishing up my latest novel, and I hope to have it out this summer. 


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