So, true to form, December is rolling up it's sleeves and preparing to have it's way with me.
I've posted before about how bad stuff always seems to happen to me around Christmastime. Well, yesterday my husband finally went to the doctor after almost a month of having a "chest cold" that he couldn't shake. It kept getting worse and worse until I insisted he go get it checked out. He is the kind of guy that will try to "tough it out" and get better on his own. Sometimes that isn't such a good idea.
Turns out he has a bad case of pneumonia. They almost admitted him to the hospital. As it is, they sent him home with lots of drugs and a breathing machine and instructions to come back in a few days for a CAT scan. The initial x-rays they did showed a lot of fluid in his lungs and they have to make sure it responds to treatment. I think the doctor scared him a little, which may be a good thing.
He hates going to the doctor. He's also very suspicious of drugs, and rarely will take so much as an aspirin unless he really, really has to. I've been nagging him for two weeks to go get this "cold" checked out. He finally gave in after a full month of being sick. I wish he would take better care of himself and make his health a priority. He works too much, for one thing, and when he gets sick he will rarely take time off . I appreciate his strong work ethic and good intentions, but it's foolish to ignore or try to "tough out" illness. And it scares me that he does so!
So this December I'm hoping we don't have to spend the holidays at the hospital. The doctor gave him a big shot of an antibiotic on the spot, and four prescriptions to fill. The CAT scan of his lungs in a few days will determine whether or not he can stay at home to recover. Even if he can stay at home, it's going to be a while before he's fully well. So.....
.......I'm beginning to think this will be the year we skip the whole holiday celebration. I just haven't had the time or energy to do anything, unless you count stringing two strands of white lights on a houseplant! (Seriously, that is the whole extent of my holiday decorating.) We had already discussed not exchanging gifts this year with our families due to some members having financial hardships, so we haven't done any shopping. Between busy retail jobs and GB being sick, there has hardly been a thought given to anything like that in our house this year. I am surprised to find that (at least at this point) I don't really care much.
I know this is a time of great fun and excitement for most people, and I hope I don't sound like Scrooge. I will continue to try to post little bits of holiday stuff here and there for the blog party. I hope everyone reading is having a wonderful Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday. I've been enjoying all the holiday blog posts out there. They add a bit of holiday sparkle to my moments of free time. And holiday sparkle is something I seem to be lacking this year!