December 2015… The month my life was put on hold. Let me start off with, get your flu shots kids. Yes. Do. It. While we’re not sure if I started with the flu or something else and then it moved into pneumonia, either way it was not fun.
For nine days I was quarantined in bed with a fever, for five more days after that I was unable to breath as my lung capacity was severely limited. Trust me, it could have been worse and I’m thankful it wasn’t. So why am I bringing this up in a blog? For two weeks I was unable to do anything, including reading.
I never go anywhere without a book (more often hundreds thanks to my nook) with me and I typically have my nose stuck in it. Think Belle from Beauty and the Beast walking through the town reading. For me to be in bed, unable to open my eyes due to fever pains, or too tired to hold the book in front of my face, it was torture.
Consequently, I was also unable to write which meant I was unable to publish anything on Channillo the second week of December. This was heartbreaking for me. Because I have readers paying for my content, and donating to Child’s Play, my responsibility and my promise to them, is two days worth of content a week. I failed them that week and it bothers me.
This past week I also had to request extensions for book reviews I had committed to due to illness. No one grumbled, everyone was supportive, and wished me well soon. I am so lucky and so thankful for my community. My favorite tweet-hearts checked in on me to see how I was feeling and it really helped me overcome the depression that comes with being ill and so dependent.
Now that I’m much closer to “better” I am trying to pick back up my routines. I published on Channillo last week, and I will this week as well. I published a blog last week and this one today. But most importantly, I am reading again. Keep an eye out for Saving Anna by Toni Allen and A Conall Christmas by Bethany Claire as those are both on the docket for this week.
I wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season, and PLEASE keep warm and if you do get sick, STAY HOME. Be selfish, keep your germs, and save another person’s holiday season.
Thanks for sticking with me, I’m off to cuddle up with a book!