Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sick as a dog

I was truly down for the count last night.  I hadn't felt that sick in a long time.  I am not sure what it was about, but after a night of joint pain and chills,  I feel much better today.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was having heart palpitations and was getting that checked out.  I had the appoinment to have a cardiac calcium scoring done last week.  Luckily,  I live near the city that has the only machine that can do this in the state.  I went to the cardiologist to go over the results yesterday.  It was all good news.  I have no sign of any coronary artery disease.  All the exercise and healthy living has paid off, I guess. 

After the doctor's visit,  I was going to go down to the boat but was starting to feel a headache coming on and my joints were also achy.  The heat index was well over 100 so I decided to simply come home.  From there, I went to bed and had a rough night.  Whatever the bug was, it has moved on today. 

It is going to be around 110 F heat index today.  I am going to take it easy and not go rushing out to do work outside.  The garden was picked yesterday.  But it is so prolific this year,  there is more to pick every day.  The unrelenting heat should abate a little by the weekend. 

I have been reading in the NA basic text.  It is a no nonsense book that cuts to the chase.  There aren't a lot of florid words.  I thought this passage was right to the point:

Before coming to the Fellowship of NA, we could not manage
our own lives. We could not live and enjoy life as other people
do. We had to have something different and we thought we had
found it in drugs. We placed their use ahead of the welfare of
our families, our wives, husbands, and our children. We had
to have drugs at all costs. We did many people great harm, but
most of all we harmed ourselves. Through our inability to accept
personal responsibilities we were actually creating our own
problems. We seemed to be incapable of facing life on its own
Most of us realized that in our addiction we were slowly
committing suicide, but addiction is such a cunning enemy of
life that we had lost the power to do anything about it. Many of
us ended up in jail, or sought help through medicine, religion
and psychiatry. None of these methods was sufficient for us.
Our disease always resurfaced or continued to progress until
in desperation, we sought help from each other in Narcotics
After coming to NA we realized we were sick people. We
suffered from a disease from which there is no known cure. It
can, however, be arrested at some point, and recovery is then
~~Narcotics Anonymous, Sixth Edition


  1. I'm so sorry you were sick but I am very glad to hear the results of your heart tests.
    Now take it easy, Syd! You could die out in this heat!

  2. good news on the heart issues man...that is awesome...sorry you were sick though...had a crazy sickness last week thought i was going to die...think it might have been food careful of the heat....

  3. And so I get to say, my sore back was getting better--so I over-did yesterday. No mowing grass today!

    For all of us I quote from 'Everyday Goddess' post today:

    "Life is depending on you,
    waiting for you.." I hope it waits at least one more day!

  4. Poor thing, the heat is hard to take. I'm glad to read you and glad to be 'back', I have more computer access now.

  5. A clean bill of health and a overflowing garden- that is certainly a pair of things for which to be grateful.

    I read these things and I find myself longing for my ex to stumble into that book with an urge to read and a willingness.

  6. Feel better soon, Syd. Excellent news on the cardiac tests.

  7. 110!!? And I bet its humid heat where you live, right? Ugh. We just dropped to the mid to low
    80's. It is beautiful with a breeze. All windows and doors are open...I'm loving it! I'm glad you had a speedy recovery. And so glad to hear about your healthy heart! In more ways than one...we all know. ;o)

  8. That bug was here in California too. It takes me by surprise to be ill today, which is worth a laugh... At the end of my drinking career, alcohol had become a dreadful poison that made me incredibly ill every night, and I accepted that, putting up with the sickness as simply the price to be paid in exchange for the "ease and comfort" of being loaded. I had such fortitude! Today I'm a wuss when I'm sick.
    I'm thankful that your heart is good and strong. You have work to do here on this old earth, and we need you.

  9. Glad to hear the positive results of the tests. Stay cool!

  10. I'm home sick with a temp and lousy cold today. LOVE the veggies. Glad your heart is in good shape. You share a lot of it. :)

  11. I wish more of the addict's parents would read the basic text, instead of taking "advice" from people who are actively using. Ugg!

    Congrats on your strong heart:)

  12. That's quite an impressive yield from your garden. I'm so glad you are feeling better, Syd.

    Love you!

  13. I agree with Lou's post!! indeed..and so sorry to hear you were sick, being sick like that in the summer is very strange indeed!

    I am so glad your heart is well and this "bug" shall pass!

    Stay cool, stay healthy, and as always thank you for your posts!

  14. ick. u poor thing. being sick is yukky.. Hope u get well soon Syd :) Lots of rest is in order I think..

  15. Delighted to hear that you are on the mend and that your results were satisfactory.

    Things shall be looking up....

  16. Your produce looks fresh and tasty. So glad you are feeling better.


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