Our New Year’s evening of 2019 consisted of eating, licking our fingers, unpacking, doing a little walk around the neighborhood, watched some TV and then abandoned all the plans we’d been chatting about: like a midnight hot-tub as they are open 24 hours a day, then re-thinking that plan as we could do the hot tub in the morning.
Well midnight came…was I awake? I can’t remember. I do remember that morning came and the trek to the hot tub didn’t happen.
After being several days on the road, traveling from B.C. Canada, including making an overnight stop to visit friends in California who we’ve known since our early married years when Ross was in Seminary at Fresno, California – anyway, we were tired out and just sat in our little bungalow and relaxed.
January 1 and 2, 2020. Morning coffee, which in my opinion is the best time of day, settling in and unpacking…full sun days, played some outdoor pickleball and reconnected with people not seen since last spring.
This retirement experience so far was going well. Great in fact.
January 3. A most annoying feeling began to happen…. scratchy sore throat. My throat.
January 4. Scratchier throat. The interpretation of a scratchy throat is raw, like swallowing sharp little sticks. I know this sign well enough so off to the store I go and Hubby too of course.
At the base of my neck a pain developed which radiated down into my left shoulder, the exact location there are some bone compression’s. As the flu/cold symptoms increased so did the pain in my body and so did the frustration level with anyone in my recent memory who’d had a cold in my presence even though I could have picked up a bug anywhere.
Hubby became more helpful, attentive and quiet as I became sicker.
I tried to be upbeat, I really did.
We bundled ourselves up warm because it gets quite chilly in the desert and took a little trip south, or north or west – I have no idea because most of the time I get lost in the resort park so I can’t be expected to know where I am once I leave here. More so if I’m busy feeling sorry for myself and ill.
We were off to see the hot air balloons…flu pain in my shoulder and neck…sore throat…pain medications flowing through me and trying to be enthusiastic about the upcoming event.
I know, I know…I do know better. Should’ve really been home in bed.
However, I was trying to be a good retirement wife full of frolicking fun even though I had to fake it a lot.
Okay. So, we did that – saw the balloons, saw a lovely lake backdrop, felt the excitement as the balloons heated up one by one, lit up and glowing beautifully with all the various rainbow colors, then felt the cold descend as the darkness of night arrived.
A band played.
People danced on the grass.
Food trucks dished out hamburgers and hot dogs.
Other people did as we did, stood around waiting for something to happen. One balloon went up, up, up to the end of its tether. Then it came down and that was the extent of the excitement for me.
It was dark, desert dark, and cold, desert cold.
After two hours of being upbeat and engaged with the surroundings, I was done.
Those balloons may have eventually done a finale of all going up to the end of their tethers, but Hubby and I did not stick around long enough to find out.
In the next days to come the throat soreness eased up as the nose plugged up…and then the nose blowing began.
This must be quite exciting reading…
It must have been torture for Hubby to listen to me because I sounded like a honking semi-truck on the freeway and continued like that for several more days before I became more human like.
And the bronchial cough – oh the cough…though I did discover a nice liquid drink which drugged and subdued my system at night so I could sleep.
We have some wonderful friends here in the park who are our go-to people when we need help and need to borrow items. We seem to need help a lot.
We appreciate them – not so sure they appreciate us as we tend to be such scrounges.
For three years in a row I have borrowed their vaporizer because for three years in a row my body has arrived in Arizona and gotten sick.
I so love that vaporizer humming all night which also helped me breathe easier. Well, I love them too for owning it.
I received such good care. Hubby man really came through on the meal preparation, clearing away the Kleenex snot piles and listening to me moan about, well… everything.
I didn’t like being cold. I didn’t like the recliner chair I barely had the energy to get out of.
I missed Thomas the Cat.
I needed hugs but that wasn’t likely going to be happening much. I was hungry but didn’t want anything to eat.
Meanwhile, as the recovery happened, we still explored the grocery stores, got involved in our daily life here and reconnected with people as I was able.
Hubby came and went to various places mostly alone, because if it included the gym, the pool or the hot tub or took any effort at all I declined.
I’m quite sure it wasn’t all that much fun, however he tends to like his own company, so he wasn’t really complaining.
After two weeks of this part of retirement fun….as the sore throat left, and the flu/cold symptoms shifted, the pain in my neck and shoulder also eased off.
This was a relief because it meant I had not injured myself on the pickleball courts and the future was looking brighter.
And then, as flu and cold bugs do, they decided they’d had enough of me, and likely jumped over to anyone unfortunate enough to have been too close to me.
And then…because his immune defenses were down, he does what he typically tends to do.
Ignore the symptoms. Deny the existence of illness yet medicate and keep going.
We are such different creatures. He informed me it wasn’t a cold he had but just his ongoing sinus issues from the fall. Okay. Fine.
One thing, and this is only one thing I’ve learned in forty-one years of marriage, is this: when we are both experiencing new things, are perhaps immune system weakened and trying to process life as it happens, there can be clash of personality, of goals for the day or month and suddenly one little thing, any particular little comment just may trigger some emotions.
We were heading into a clash…