Wednesday, September 29, 2010

a perfect picture

It is an absolutely gorgeous and warm fall afternoon. The sun is basking yellow light on every leaf. The farm feels like breathing embers. The creek is littered with golden maple leaves and the fresh winds send wafts of the last cut hay and apples ripening past their primes on the vine. It is heaven.

I pulled into the driveway and saw a calf curled up like a cat on the hillside in the dappled light. My heart melted. The sheep trotted past Tasty down the hillside for snacks (Finn was already there) and all the animals in the September light seemed extra clean, extra friendly, and extra hungry. They chattered at me, tails wagging. Behind me the back of the pickup truck was busting out with new t-posts for pasture expansion, fresh blooming mums, a bale of hay, and a blue bag of chicken feed. It was a perfect picture of rural America. It was everything I had ever worked for.


...Then I coughed up enough phlegm to choke an alpaca. What I spit out onto the pile of beautiful leaves could've well had a name and mortgage of its own. I'm sick.

I left work early, feeling guilty, and called to cancel my riding lesson. What started as a head cold has morphed into some sort of body-aching overall tiredness that made standing up too much work and walking a dizzy ordeal. When I feel like that, I go home.

So here I am, inside, on a beautiful day. At least the hoof stock are enjoying that dapple light. I'm going to bed. I better get this out of my system by October.


Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Mmmm phlegm! Ha! Feel better...

September 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Beth of the Rocks said...

I had the phlegm... And then the cough set in. 5 days of non-stop coughing and next to no sleep. My inhalers didn't work, pills didn't work (and I learned about a few that I haven't previously used this time around), cough drops didn't work. I finally, out of desperation, tried the vaporub - worked!! I had to leave the pot of it open about an inch under my nose to get any sleep!

I would recommend you grab some if you don't have any at home... Good luck and good napping.

September 29, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Sleeeeeeep Jenna.

Lack of that will come back and bite you every time. I know, easier said than done sometimes, but still not something you can go on skimping on ad infinitum without unpleasant consequences ... yeah, ask me how I know that!

Feel better soon.

September 29, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Feel better soon Jenna. Plenty of rest, some chicken noodle soup and lots of liquids will do you good.

Grace and Peace,


September 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger nono said...

Feel better soon....lot's of rest and drink plenty of fluids. (I'm not a doctor but I play 1 on a blog : ))

September 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

:-) Feel better soon! Don't forget to get your flu shot this year!

September 29, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger farmwifetwo said...

Called my friend this morning and she sounds as well as you feel.

Thinking I need to find some zinc for the winter again. Tried it last year and I was amazed how well it worked as a preventative.

Hope you feel better soon.

September 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Illness, the bain of the one operation, who is to mind the farm?

Mamma swore by the vaporrub, vaporrub up your nose, vaporrub in your undershirt, vaporrub in a pot of water on the stove, eat a little vaporrub.

September 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Not that you need this and not that I am making any implication, but basic cleanliness is the key to avoiding respiratory illness. Wash your hands, wash your face, flush your sinus and gargle with peroxide.

September 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

You've got a lovely place to recover! Sending ~healing~ thoughts your way. daisy

September 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Artful Gathering said...

Feel better Jenna.. Sending you warm hugs and best wishes...

September 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words...Mucinex Expectorant. I used to get bronchitis every year at least once. This past spring, this over the counter remedy brought me back from the brink and I will never be without it again. Maybe, just maybe, it will work for you and others too. Good luck.

September 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

Lots of chicken soup with fresh ginger and garlic--helps clear your head and kill the germs.

Hope you feel better soon!

September 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

It stinks to miss out on lovely days like that. Get well soon!

September 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Be careful with this virus -- it was down here in SE MA last month this time. I got a "cold" early in the week before Labor Day and three days later it was bronchitis. I've never had it move that fast, and I do sinus irrigation and gargling and all kinds of handwashing. I wasn't the only one, either, half a dozen friends & acquaintances had the same story. It was so awful I thought it was the flu. I hope you feel better soon, but what I mean by this cautionary tale is that if you think you need to consult a healthcare professional, don't wait. This germ means business. Good health.

September 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger RabbleRoost said...

If you happen to have any more Chuck Klosterman in the freezer, DON'T EAT HIM!! His orneryness might rub off on the germs!

Get well soon, and take things slowly for a while. :)

September 29, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Sending healing energy your way...get well soon.


September 29, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Sense of Home Kitchen said...

Sounds like what I have had. After 10 days of it, I got some amoxicillin and finally today, this afternoon, in fact, I am feeling better.

Hope you are feeling better soon.


September 29, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Umcka, Umcka, Umcka! works every time. if you can''t catch it early enough to stop the progression, it will at least lessen the severity of your symptoms and make them go away a lot faster.

I keep a couple of boxes in the hall closet- one for me, and one for the husband, who will invariably start in with his own symptoms a few days later.

It's by Nature's Way, and it works.

September 30, 2010 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh yeah! Feel Better Soon!

September 30, 2010 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Vaporub is the best. Whenever one of my boys got croopy, I ran hot water in the sink, melted a blob of vaporub in it and held the baby over the steam. Worked every time.

September 30, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Had this exact same thing last week. Lasted more than 7 days. Body aches like I couldn't believe, chills and fever. I was taking vitamin C, Echinacea (sp?) and zinc, all twice a day. Finally feeling better. Rest, rest, rest. Your body can't fight anything if it's not rested. Hunker down with a good book, several cups of tea, and lots of snuggly blankets (a dog or three can't hurt either), and your body will start healing itself. Good luck! :)

September 30, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I am so sorry you're so sick. I hope you get to stay home and rest. You need to start taking elderberry syrup. It will keep you well. You can get it at health food stores or make your own. I found some bushes out back behind my property and made some with honey. I take about a tablespoon a day. It's great stuff.

September 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Elderberry syrup--Sambu-actin or Sambucol brands. Suck down a spoonful about every hour. It'll make you go to the bathroom, but it'll help you throw off the crud too. And chicken soup made with loads of garlic & onion. Feel better

September 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

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