So, 2022 was supposed to be a new start. A more hopeful year. A better year. I last posted on Jan. 12 about the launch of the SOS class, anticipating that I was going to have a great time, interact with students, and things were just going to keep on being 'fabulous'.
If you are wondering about radio silence, it's because Jan. 12 was also the day I was told that my sinus headache wasn't a sinus headache and I didn't have pink eye, I had a *severe* case of shingles that had gone into my left eye.
The next few days disappeared in a haze of pain and fistfuls of pills and multiple eyedrops.
I did manage to monitor the Q&A for the class, but it wasn't the joy I had been expecting.
It's a really long story no one needs to hear - except that I have been too sick to even think about weaving. I have managed to stumble along and yesterday was told that I am healing well, but this will be a long road to full recovery.
Here is a Public Service Announcement:
If you have ever had chicken pox, hie thee hence to a pharmacy and get the two shot shingles vaccine. I had gotten the one dose, then assumed I was protected from another bout of shingles (I'd had two, years ago) and frankly missed the signs of it happening. Until it was nearly 'too late'.
If you have never had shingles, please take it from me, you don't want to. Ever. Even a mild case, never mind a 'severe' one.
I have been holding off cancelling/postponing some Zoom meetings, but even though my healing is going well according to the doctor, I'm still feeling very ill. I've cancelled all local appointments, hunkering at home trying to stay out of the cross hairs of covid, a cold, whatever is happening out in the big cold world. Fortunately everyone has been very understanding and at this point I have two Zooms scheduled, the last Sunday of this month and the first of the next. I'm going to cancel the one and re-book the other for another date, further down the Recovery Road. Because it seems to have a lot (and I mean a LOT) of valleys and mountain peaks.
I am beginning to feel well enough that I can read a bit, and I have some jigsaw puzzles so the next job I plan to tackle is clearing off the dining room table so I have something else to distract me, and a different place in the house to sit, which I'm hoping will help my back. Even getting to the specialist in Vancouver has had to be postponed because of the shingles, so my back still hurts and I'm not much nearer getting it 'fixed' - if it can be. But at least I'm on their patient roster and they will contact me in March. Hopefully to the news that the doctor thinks she can help me. And then maybe in April be able to travel down for an in person assessment.
But it's been a really rough couple of weeks.
Currently reading The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny. It's riveting and asks some pointed questions about societal values.