Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's beginning to look....nothing like Christmas

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!


  1. I hope your husband gets well soon! Don't sweat the big holiday stuff, enjoy your time together and relax.

  2. What Diandra said... take care of him, but be sure to take care of you too. The holidays will be there when you both are well enough to enjoy them.

    Visiting from Yuletide Blessings Blog Party.


  3. sending prayers and healing light

    Yuletide Blessings Blog Party
    bright blessings, Lady Rose

  4. I hope your husband gets better soon! And I hope you get some rest, Retail work is hard! Try and have a good Yule! bridgetsdaughter5

  5. Many well wishes for your hubs recovery.
    I am sending out healing energy!
    I have no desire for the holidays myself this year, last year either. I am really starting to think that America's capitalism and consumerism is killing the holidays. I really wish it would be little more simple and less stressful and hectic.
    This is the first year I am truly celebrating YULE, and It will most likely be on my own. Hubs is not "pagan" but he says he doesn't believe in God anymore. so not sure where we are...Personally, I think of this time of year as a time to share love, gift a gift or 2 to those you are close to, and reflect. Reflect on the year that is passing and look forward to a new one, and what possibilities that may hold.
    I am 51 and disabled now, and hubs is 70 with diabetes and lots of complications. His son and my daughter really do not talk to us. (My daughter basically cut herself off from everyone but my son) Our son is back home, and useless...he is 25 going on 16, thinks only of himself and all his "toys" and friends. he has moved out and back about 5 times now. our daughter has been out on her own (well housemates...last year, this year live-in BF)
    she works 6 days a week and between 9-16 hour days. She is a Store manager for Journeys shoes.
    So although I know she is "having Christmas" I doubt she has the time to go all out either.
    Hubs bought her a crockpot, as she asked for one, and when my dis. check comes (sadly 3 days after xmas) I'll be taking her shopping for a new comforter for her bed and some other kitchen stuff.
    The "son" wants a x box or some crap...I personally told him I will not buy him any more "Toys" he needs to grow up and get a job, and help us out around the house, and stop being a hermit in his room...oh it isn't even his room, it is his sister's old room. he burned up his room (accidentally, but he is still indirectly responsible) Really sad was the ONLY room in the house fully redone (as we are supposed to be selling and moving to something smaller, and cheaper)...this was supposed to be at least 2 years with the real estate market the way it is, and considering we still need to do a lot of work on this house to get it sellable- I doubt it is going to happen.

    So...Though my reasons are different, i wanted to share that you are NOT alone in "not caring" about the holidays this year.

    I came her for the Yule blog party, and there wasn't a post. but there were other posts that i enjoyed. I am a new follower.
    I would like to add your hubs to my nightly healing candle lighting if you would give me his first name. It is totally up to you.
    Blessed Yule!
    Much healing energy for your hubs and positive, calming energy for you.
    love n light,

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