It is with great regret that I announce that this months post, the sixth in the series on my Mother and her amazing sisters, will be delayed by a week or two.
In the 7 years since I started blogging I have never missed my end of month deadline, BUT it is also extreme and unprecedented circumstances that have forced my hand.
Yes, I used the word unprecedented because I, like 1 in 12 Americans, has fallen victim to the horrible COVID virus ravishing this country and the world.
Please take this as a cautionary tale because I have taken every precaution and then some to prevent contracting the virus, yet somehow it found me and knocked me on my butt.
I have been battling the symptoms for 10 days now, with no sign of the virus relinquishing hold. Just when I thought I was turning the corner, the low grade fever took hold again and has not let go. Add in fatigue, brain fog, congestion which has my ears blocked and gastro discomfort and it’s hard to much of anything except to veg out.
I’m one of the fortunate ones, because I have not contracted a cough and only had a headache for on day. I pray that my symptoms will start to show signs of improvement next week and I’ll be able to get back to some sort of normalacy soon.
As someone who is a bit Type A, not being able to do all that I normally do is a secondary challenge I’m trying to accept. I have not been knocked down this severely since 2009 when I got pneumonia with sepsis and ended up in the hospital for a week, and out of work for 8.
I believe everything happens for a reason, and when that happened, it revived my writing, BUT the jury is still out on this one. I had high hopes for 2021, between my writing and my chalk art, and now this just delays me, which I’ve yet to figure how that’s a good thing.
I’ve been told I need to take time for myself, that I’m pushing to hard, but my writing and my weekly chalk art are the things that bring me great joy, and not being able to do them because of illness, takes a toll on my psyche too.
With that said, I hope when I come out the other side of this illness, I have some epiphany and will be able to share that insight with you.
Until then, PLEASE STAY SAFE!
WEAR A MASK, STAY 6 FEET APART, WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, AND USE SANITIZER!
THIS VIRUS IS NOT A JOKE AND NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY!
Also, stay tuned for my next installment “The Dechert Sisters Legacy – Mildred “Mickey” Alice Dechert Bortz” the youngest of the five Dechert girls who was one of the kindest women on the face of the earth.
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