The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Jack gets his guest post in on time but has an apology – –

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for both of us, which is why there was no Monday book review this week but it should be back next week.

In my case, I was laid low for ten days with a stomach bug that’s been going the rounds in town. For me it started two weeks ago when just after going to bed I had a bloated feeling and then nauseous. That went away after an hour but next day I started feeling a dull ache that continued non-stop for a week, night and day. It knocked the stuffing out of me, and I had no energy or desire to do anything. I actually spent a lot of time in bed trying to sleep it off but to little effect!

Following that I had periods when it went away but would then return again. That’s when I realized that the bug had caused pretty solid constipation. Reverting to my child hood I took a tablespoon of castor oil which resulted in an undignified dash to the toilet in the middle of the night. But a cause for celebration!

What of Wendy, I hear you ask –

Yes, she probably caught it from me and it hit her as I was recovering. Being a woman and a busy one to boot, she only let it affect her for a couple of days and fought through it

I’ve often thought and sometimes said to people that you can’t appreciate the lack of pain until you’ve actually suffered pain.

I have a greater empathy now for folk who suffer from long term chronic pain as I luxuriate in the new found lack of it.

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