Grin and Bear It

When I tell you about my recent run-in with bad luck, even I almost don’t believe it.  Whooping cough diagnosis on the same day, my dryer decides to die.   My sister made a trip from Las Vegas, and I can’t see her.  Now I have only a few options in handling this unfortunate event.  I have covered the pout, cry, and scream into my pillow.  Note to self:  (Don’t yell while currently battling whooping cough.  Need oxygen for staying alive).  Now I am trying out the acceptance option while trying to just get through it.  The horrible part is that I am not the only one suffering.  My ENTIRE family has been diagnosed.  Yes, you heard me right.  THE WHOLE SHOOT AND SHEBANG!  I need to quickly mention that we are all vaccinated and up to date on ALL our shots.  That being said, even the vaccinated can catch this, and it’s essential to keep an eye out for the symptoms which include:

  • Mild coughing.
  • Sneezing.
  • Runny nose.
  • Low fever (below 102 F)

Everyone can present a little differently, so if you are ill and aren’t getting better with a lingering cough, get checked out.  If you test positive, a 5-day regimen of antibiotics is necessary, and we are currently in quarantine in our house, so we don’t unwillingly pass it on.  It’s is extremely contagious, so if you have to join the masses, wear a mask over your nose and mouth.

Checking for this incredulous thing is not fun, but necessary.  They stick a long q tip looking thing up your nose almost touching your brain.  As if that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, they leave it there for a few seconds only to remove it and do it to the other nostril.  This is important because the CDC is tracking this outbreak and needing to verify if it’s mutated.  I know vaccinations are a touchy subject, but I believe in them and will continue to get them because it is all we can do to keep some scary diseases at bay.  Beyond that, it’s out of our control.  I know my family will recover from this, but the little babies who are too young to get vaccinated are counting on us to protect them because it has been known to be deadly.  Please do your research, talk to your doctor and get vaccinated.  It really is a simple way to help our community stay well.

As for my dryer, a fuse burnt out and a part has been ordered.  Of course, it is a holiday and the mail is closed.  Therefore, I must live without it for another day.  BOO!!!

I am a firm believer in positivity and choosing to take the high road when bumps arise, but sometimes you just have to mutter through it.  “Grin and Bare it” is my motto and I’m sticking to it.  When life hits you with things that are extremely hard to handle, take a deep breath, and press on.  Even if smiling while you do it is too much to ask, do it with a frown.  It’s more than ok to be upset, disappointed and not happy with life’s situations.  Just remember, where there is a downturn, there is an upturn as well.  Hold out for that because it’s got to get better.  Oh, and the person who said it comes in threes should do a rewrite

Speaking from experience, last night to be exact.  To avoid the medicine ending up all over you, the floor and your child, when administering to the littles, clothespins over the nose and a chocolate syrup chaser is a make or break.  The convincing took some time, but it was successful.

I am currently having a 25% sale on everything in my store until July 11th.   So, If you happen to be homesick or your plans didn’t pan out leaving you bored out of your mind, take a look at my Etsy shop.

I am pretty sure if you were to google Whooping Cough, shameless plugging is a symptom as well.  If not, it certainly needs to be added.  Get well, stay well and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!


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