Hit by a Bus

Did you read the title of this post…”Hit by a bus”?  Well that’s exactly how I feel.

Friday I thought “hmmm..I have a little dry cough”.  Saturday I thought “ugh…this is the start of a cold”.  Sunday morning I woke up….I was hit by a bus.  I don’t think I remember ever being so sick.

I sat in the recliner the entire day.  By noon or so I had already messaged my child care parents to tell them that there would be no childcare for Monday.  I tried but had trouble watching Netflix.  I tried to watch British show and it was too much for me.  My brain was so under pressure of the cold/flu that I was unable to do much of anything but lay there with closed eyes, first putting on a stack of blankets and then taking them off.  Miserable.

I had such good plans.  Friday night I had finished getting this top together.  Saturday I put it on the quilting frame and quilted it.
I had so wanted to bind it on Sunday…Nope.  Wasn’t to be.
Monday I still felt crappy.  I could watch television.  I could get to the bathroom without being completely winded.  Now I had a new problem.  My back hurt so bad from laying and sitting.

I decided to try to get upstairs to the sewing room thinking there had to be something I could do that wasn’t strenuous-something that would give my back a different position.  I got upstairs but a coughing fit over took me.  That’s when Kalissa called asking if I needed her to bring me anything.  She ended up really worried about me.

I finally decided I could machine bind this baby quilt.  I would only require sitting.  I got the binding tacked down and that’s about all I could do before I was back downstairs sitting in the recliner.
Late afternoon my back was awful again so back upstairs I went.  I was able to sew down the binding.

Then I removed the remanents of the last quilt I worked on from the longarm.
That’s all I had in me.  I was pooped from that.

Back downstairs to the recliner…but my poor back is killing me from sitting but I can’t do much else…so I sat here and wrote a blog post to tell you how miserable I truly am.

I was back to watching Netflix in the evening now laying on the hard floor trying to help my aching back, oh miserable.  Then Netflix quit working so I decided I could try to 15 minutes at the computer going through comments and email when this comment came in…  Darlene wrote, “Hi, Jo…I read your blog all the time, but rarely comment. So it seems wrong to comment for the first time in a long time to say that I think one of your orange/white blocks is turned the wrong way. Hope you have time to correct that before you have to send it in. Congrats on another published quilt!”

Oh no!  She’s right!!  Do you see the mistake?Well now I’m feeling not quite so bad about being sick.  I’d have likely missed that and this on the frame and quilted already.  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! Darlene….I so appreciate your comment!!

Kayla had this sickness at Christmas time and she told me “five days mom”.  My back will never be able to take laying around for five days.  I’m going to will myself better before then.  I called childcare off for tomorrow….UGH.  This is no fun.

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31 thoughts on “Hit by a Bus

  1. Betty from Canada

    try putting a heating pad on your back or a hot water bottle if you don’t have a heating pad. Also drink lots of fluids and I mean lots

  2. Ana Sweet

    Oh, Jo. I feel so bad for you and I so understand. Last Monday, I went to exercise and that is the last time I left home until Sunday. Was on the couch for 3 days. You are right that it was even hard to watch TV and reading was out. Temp 102. Back really hurt too. But it got a little better each day. The only good thing about it was I lost 6 pounds since nothing tasted good and so far my husband has caught it.

    I have talked to people from the UK to Australia and we all seem to have the same thing.

  3. Ellie

    Hope you’re soon feeling better! This crud is no fun! I had it after Thanksgiving and know just how you feel. Lots of rest and fluids is the best medicine.
    Ellie

  4. Dee

    The flu is very nasty this year, lot of people sick. Hope you feel better soon. Chicken soup is good when you are feeling low.

  5. Pdudgeon

    A stick of IcyHot will help that back a lot, and so will Doan’s Back Pills.
    Kalissa should be able to find both of those at Wal-Mart, and they’re both good to keep on hand for days like this. Hope you feel better soon, Jo.

  6. Elaine

    Jo, so sorry you are ill. I find that a heating pad really helps my back when it bothers me. Give it a try. Hope you feel better soon.

  7. Sue

    Dear Jo-Take extra care of yourself. I got a “bug” from my grandkids and have had the bug for almost a month. Its a bad one. Finally after a trip to Urgent Care, I got some antibiotics for the sinuses. Flonase helps the nose and Musinex has been a wonder drug for the cough, nose, etc. Its going to take TIME, REST, and lots of TLC. Some medical folks saying it can take 2 months to get over whatever is out there. So be kind to yourself and don’t push it. One person said “green tea” is good for this bug.

  8. Mary Jo B.

    I am still recovering from bronchitis that turned into a cold/flu. It has been weeks, and I am still having trouble breathing. Take your time getting back on your feet. Drink plenty of fluids – at least a cup of water every hour (from an article in the NY Times). Hope you feel better soon.

    It was lucky to find out about the block turned wrong BEFORE you quilted it.
    From one who knows. :>)

  9. Mary

    Oh Jo, I feel your pain. I had bronchitis for 5 weeks and when I coughed so hard I hurt my back, I went to lung dr and got antibiotics (gone in 3 days). Then I went to chiropractor twice in one week and got my back straightened out. But, in the meantime from years of back issues, I knew to use ice 15 minutes(for swelling of tissue) wait half hour and heat 15 minutes for pain) usually twice a day and Advil every 8 hours. Hope that helps you! I’ve done the same thing trying to sew cause I can’t sit that long in my recliner! But, that hurt too much.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    mary in Az

  10. Kim LeMere

    Hope you are feeling better soon, its hard to be laid up and sick. I’m so glad Darlene caught that block, how nice of her to let you know, its a wonderful quilt. Take care and drink lots of liquids.

  11. Susan R.

    Sorry you’re sick. By the way, I love the one random block turned the wrong way, a little bit of spunk!

  12. Cindy

    Please take care of yourself. If necessary, get to the doctor. My nephew is in the hospital with pneumonia and the flu.

  13. Jonnie

    “Hit by a bus” is a perfect way to describe the flu. PLEASE take it easy and feel better soon. GET WELL HUGS!

  14. Darlene B

    Thanks for being so gracious, Jo. I debated whether or not to let you know about the turned block because I didn’t want to offend you. But I decided that if it were me, I would want to know! Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Linda in NE

    Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Some very nasty crud going around. All you can do is stay home & rest. Maybe Kalissa can pick up some Elderberry syrup for you. It knocks most things out in a day or two.

  16. Tonia

    Oh, no! Jo has the 6 week bug! That’s how long it took for me to get back to feeling like my self, every day! You have gotten lots of great advice and it will all help–oh, and some elderberry juice or syrup if you can find it–seems to be the best thing around here!
    Now, the quilt, I had to look and look….and finally found it–how about calling it “one of these things is not like the other” and make it like a special kind of I Spy? Just kidding, that may work for my quilts, but I am not a published designer. Love your daily note–get well soon

  17. Sandra Davidson

    You have gotten lots of good advice. This flu is really scary so take good care of yourself. Don’t go back to looking after kids until you are well. God Blesss Sandra

  18. Roxanne

    That nasty flu is everywhere. I’m so sorry it found you. Ugh! Lots of good advice already in your comments. Tamiflu is very helpful but call ahead to the pharmacy—it is in demand and hard to keep in stock. Take care!

  19. Marsha from Delaware, USA

    Hi Jo,

    Sorry to read you are not feeling well. Hope you feel better soon.

    I tried so hard to find the orange white block that you mentioned in your daily email, and finally found it.
    While looking for it I believe I spotted an Orange / Black block that also needs to be rotated.
    You may want to check the border blocks. Looking at your picture the block is the fourth up on the left hand side from the bottom up of your picture. Took me a while to spot it but once I did my eye kept focusing on it.

    Hope you still have time to switch it around unless you want a humility block.

    Love your blog and quilt designs!

  20. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Two rotated blocks caught by attentive readers…all because you are sick it is an easy fix!! There’s the silver lining!! I hope you get over this faster then I have…day 23 and counting! Do drinks lots, cough hard (you don’t want pneumonia from the junk in your lungs)…I found Vietnamese hot and sour beef soup really helped me – spicy helped burn the fever out. Feel better soon!!

  21. Carolyn

    So sorry you are/ were feeling bad. Hope things have improved by now. DH and I both were sick with something just before and over Christmas. I was coughing through New years and on a huge dose of Prednisone bc of my Asthma History. It’s a bad one!

  22. Susan

    Jo,
    Okay, I see the orange/white one. What about the orange/black one 4th one from the bottom on the very left? It looks to be going the wrong direction also?
    Hope you are feeling much better now. I’ve been out of town and off the computer for a week.
    Susan

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