Instead of heading back to work today, as I had hoped to do, I began my day by making a trip to the doctor’s office. I am well into my fifth day of being under the weather and under the covers, but thankfully, a proper diagnosis (the flu and an acute upper respiratory infection) and the appropriate prescription medications have me believing that there is a healthy end in sight. In addition to medical care to heal my body, I am ever so grateful for the care, concern, and kindness shown to me in numerous ways by my family and friends to boost my spirits.
Despite my self-imposed quarantine, I have yet to feel alone or isolated, thanks to a number of people who have found both practical and creative ways to share their kindness and well wishes. Here are some of the acts of kindness I have been on the receiving end of lately:
- My amazing colleagues not only have emailed and texted me well wishes, they also have worked together to cover my job until I can return. When the chips are down, I know that I always can count on them to step up to help in a variety of ways. Having their support and help definitely makes me rest easier and look forward to returning to work.
- The calls, texts, and emails from my family and friends near and far make me feel connected to the outside world, make me smile big time, and make sick days even better. When their messages are accompanied with offers to help, I know that they are sincere and that I can count on them any time.
- My ex-husband, oldest sister, and several friends have added ‘chauffeur’ to their resumes this week, as they have stepped in to shuttle my two daughters to and from school and extracurricular activities. That is priceless, as I have barely had enough energy to leave the couch, much less to drive around town.
- Today’s mail brought me a delightful surprise in the form of a book from my fabulous friend, Laura. One of the perks of being homebound has been my indulgence in reading, and Julia Cameron’s “Heart Steps” is a welcome addition to my person library.
While I continue to be engaged in germ warfare on the home front, I am so grateful to everyone who has provided me with reinforcements on every front. Their kind words and deeds definitely are just what the doctor ordered!
Just one thing each day . . .