8 April 2013

Reemerging slowly

Oh boy. I haven't been that sick in over 35 years. I'm still not 100 percent fit but I'm vastly improved on how I was. I've had norovirus. I became ill suddenly on Wednesday night and by Thursday morning I was dizzy, had a fever, headaches and was incredibly tired. I couldn't eat, the smell of cooking food made me worse and I could only take a sip of water at a time. I survived for three days on fresh juice, ginger ale and water. Yesterday, I didn't feel as nauseous and I slowly ate a slice of bread with Vegemite and later in the day, a slice of bread with tomato. I was able to drink more too. Hanno bought me some lemon mineral water. Now, four and a half days later, I'm still dizzy and weak but all the other symptoms have gone and I'm much better than I was. 

As usual, Hanno looked after me and kept me going. He also looked after Jamie on Saturday and Sunday and kept us apart, with Jamie coming to the door to wave hello and when I felt better, he proved to be quite entertaining, although still well away from me. I'll be resting today but not in bed, thank goodness. It will do me good to sit on the verandah in the fresh air and catch up on my knitting in the lounge room.

For the ladies joining me in the list challenge, here is a tentative weekly list for me. It's very similar to last week's because I only got through half of last week's list. This is a good reminder though to not be too hard on yourself if you don't tick off all you want to. Some weeks are like that. Simply move it on to the following week and do what you can. I'm not adding anything new to last week's list. I think it will take all my time to get through what's there at the moment. I understand that you might not be in that position if you're caring for children or working outside the home, but always, do what you can, don't be too hard on yourself and don't aim for perfection.

  • Finish transfer the Down to Earth forum to another server.
  • Finish off the last few pages of the Milk ebook and send it in to be made into an ebook.
  • Read about how to create a newsletter in my email account.
  • Write notes for future workshops. 
  • Take photos for blog.
  • Make a cake or biscuits.
  • Sow seeds.
  • Knit - finish off my cotton shawl.
  • Tidy my desk.
  • Write my blog.
  • Read.
  • Organise my new book proposal notes.
  • Take an hour's break in the middle of the day.
I'll finish putting up the link list when I'm feeling better, so if you've sent me an email or comment, I'll get to it soon.

And lastly, I want to thank you all for your concern and good wishes. It never fails to surprise me how connected I feel to so many of you who I know just though your comments. It is a constant reminder how powerful the written word is.


  1. So glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. A friend of mine had this norovirus in March, and I've never seen anyone that sick! Don't overdo it!

    1. yes i have heard of many people getting this virus and apparently quite a nasty one and lasting longer than the gastro bug. Glad to hear you are starting to recover ..just take it easy and dont over do it now.Take care.
      jenny x

  2. Poor you! That sounds really horrid! So pleased you are beginning to feel better! All the best! Kirsten x

  3. Hello Rhonda, I hope you make a full recovery very soon. My sister had this virus and was in bed almost a week with it so you have done well to be up after just a couple of days. I am amazed you still manage to blog, despite illness. It's great to read your blog and I always check it eagerly every couple of days for any new posts! I have learnt so much from what you write, and it inspires me to do more around the home and make things rather than buy. Thank you again, Georgina (UK)

  4. Oh dear the norovirus is horrible isn't it. I hope no one else in your family catches it too. I hope you get over it soon.

  5. *so* glad you are on the mend, Rhonda.... take care!

  6. So relieved you are feeling better Rhonda. I googled norovirus, it sounds awful! Take it nice and slowly so you can recover fully. Thinking of you love Julia in Bowen xxx

  7. Hi Rhonda
    glad to hear you are recovering, you are very fortunate to have wonderful support from Hanno (I have no doubt you know that)
    My list: harvest the prolific basil and make pesto, mulch new seedlings planted on weekend, make an orange cake, pre reading for course this weekend, clean ceiling fans (now they aren't being used all day, quite grubby), make candles, general cleaning bathrooms, daily quiet time for reflection.
    Have a good week.
    kind regards

  8. Hi Rhonda, I'm glad your on the mend, take it slow and forget about the list for the next little while. It good that you can get out into the fresh air.
    Pippa xxxx

  9. I'm so sorry to hear of your illness Rhonda. It is such a terrible one, isn't it? I'm glad you are on the mend. It does take time.

    In response to your last paragraph, it is lovely, isn't it? I read an article someone had shared and the hateful comments coming from it made me upset for the rest of the day. I can't understand who thinks it's fun to be like that. I realised (happily) that I must chose the good sites that don't have nasty comments. Ones like yours!

    Get well,

  10. Wow! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now. What a doozy of an illness.

  11. My you seem to have had a rough time lately Rhonda, take care and get well soon. xo

  12. The warm fireplaceApril 08, 2013 8:28 am

    So glad that you are starting to improve, its an awful thing that virus.

  13. Hi Rhonda
    Iam so glad you are ok and on the mend its good that you are taking your time and wisely taking it slow all the best you will be back to your old self soon xx

    Linda Ann

  14. The main thing on your list should be, Take care of yourself and heal!


  16. Oh Rhonda, that sounds awful! Glad to hear your on the mend.

  17. Glad to hear you are feeling a little better Rhonda. Some fresh air and some special care from Hanno sounds just the ticket.

  18. So sorry to hear about your ill health Rhonda. All that on top of your foot infection. Get well soon.

  19. Oh Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear you contracted the dreaded norovirus. With small children, we've had it two years in a row. I actually caught it myself last year and it was SO AWFUL. This year both of my girls had it, for about 10 days. It was one of the toughest periods in my life. I'm certainly glad to hear you're feeling better. Hanno is certainly an angel!!! Best wishes for a continued recovery!!!

  20. Am happy to hear you are feeling better. My 24 year old had that norovirus and was down for a full week. She could only eat chicken soup. It can hit really hard.

  21. I'm so glad you're doing better. I had the flu this winter and was very sick. It's terrible when this happens.

  22. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Take your time about re-emerging----don't want to risk a setback. Sometimes it takes something like this to remind us how good "just normal" feels.


  23. Glad you're on the mend now and hope you get fighting fit very soon!

  24. Glad to see you back. That awful virus is all over the USA too and our oldest daughter had it week before last. Hoping you are much better everyday. Wish I could send over a pot of soup.

  25. Gawd, you poor thing. Norovirus is truly awful - intense but mercifully swift. Take it easy and hope you're feeling better soon

  26. So glad that you are reemerging! xxjennifer

  27. oh we have it here at the moment as well... my little (not yet 2 year old) has it... she's been sick for about 4 days now :( i'm desperately trying not to catch it as i'm in the final trimester of my pregnancy... it's trucky when you have to change so many gross nappies a day though... so far my other little boy has avoided it as well... but we could still come down with it... we actually had gastro 3 times last year and it was the sickest i can remember being ever... it's seems so unavoidable when you have small children... we get sick all the time now and i'm someone who used to never be sick... i really wish parents with sick children would keep them home... at my son's preschool they seem to send their kids regardless of what revolting illness they have... i don't understand why people never want to take their sick leave?

  28. Rhonda, so glad to hear that you're feeling better! norovirus is a scary thing!
    take care,

  29. Julie ... Barossa ValleyApril 08, 2013 2:24 pm

    So pleased to read your getting better ... you did extremely well for not being sick for 35yrs :) enjoy the week to come !

  30. glad to hear you are on the mend rhonda,
    grated apple is good too when you find you can't hold things down, letting it brown a little, helps with hydration & fuel
    sounds like hanno has been doing a wonderful job looking after you, hope he doesn't get sick
    take care & sending well wishes for you to keep healing!

    selina from kilkivan qld

  31. Dear Rhonda,
    I've just returned from a short break and am so sorry to hear you have been unwell. We were up in Malaney for a day and I saw the new Restaurant called Daisy's on the way back down the mountain. Too late unfortunately to shop for a meal! My very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Kind regards,

  32. Hello Rhonda,

    I'm glad you're improving. Funny, but I didn't see take it easy, take extra care of myself & get better on your list (& an hour rest in the middle of the day doesn't count.... that's just daily "me" time). I'll keep you on my prayers list until I know you're feeling 100% & your old self again.

    Love to you both,
    Ann & Donnie

  33. I haven't heard of norovirus before!
    You must be special!

    My list was FANTASTIC - til lunchtime on the first day.
    Then it all went to hell in a handbasket.
    I reckon there must be some sort of iphone list app.
    I DO love a good app.
    I'm off to search and then have another go.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  34. Oh, Rhonda... what an ordeal! Take it slow and easy... How is your foot???

  35. Glad to hear that you're feeling better.

    Perhaps you should put a few other items at the top of your list: "Stay off of my feet until I'm not dizzy and weak anymore. Knit and relax. Eat good food, and get lots of hydration. Wait to work; everyone will understand."

    Just a suggestion, of course.

    Marie Claire

  36. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been so sick. This has been a bad year for the flu and viruses and I do hope you'll be back to your healthy self soon.

  37. excited for the forum to be back up soon but take it easy rhonda! make sure to get all the rest you need and feel better soon!

  38. So good to hear you are feeling better Rhonda. That flu bug sounds terrible. Happy you had Hanno to look after you. Take it easy this week and let your body heal.

  39. Hi Rhonda,
    Seems we are having a bout of that bug over here as well. Both of my nephews are at university here and it is rampant on campus so they naturally contracted it as well.
    Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself and don't overdo it. Sounds like your body needs a good rest to build up its resistance.

    Trinidad & Tobago

  40. Glad to hear of your recovery. I have been feeling bad today because of my RA, but the Postman brought your book so even though I feel under the weather I have your book to read. The day is looking up!
    Susan from Michigan

  41. Wonderful to hear that you're on the mend. No doubt the issues with your foot and all the antibiotics will have knocked your body around a bit as well.
    What a treasure your Hanno is.

  42. Sorry to hear you have been so sick Rhonda, I too have been ill but with Laryngitis and a Chest Infection so haven't been using the computer much at all . Get well soon

  43. Hope you've recovered well Rhonda. These viruses are just the worst. They really knock you around. Luca came down with a stomach bug too last week, and we all thought "uh oh here we go again", as once one of us gets it we usually all get it. But as in your case, only one of us was unlucky to get it. I made Luca drink coconut water as I heard it is a good hydrater. It seemed to work well and he recovered by the end of the day.


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