Monday, August 7, 2017

Getting Sick at a Con and some GREAT News

Wouldn’t you believe it? I’m not at Rust City Book Con for one day and I come down with another cold. I can’t even blame this on con crud because I might have left the house with this cold. I had thought it was just my allergies being my allergies ignoring my pills.

Because my allergies tend to do that.

But no. As I drove closer to Detroit, the scratchier my throat became. Not a good sign. Luckily, the scratch went away. Not so lucky, the running nose and coughing took over. Finding cold medicine became a trick, since I didn’t want to drive in that crazy town (traffic was unreal) and there wasn’t ANY store within walking distance (I tried). I discovered the hotel sold Nyquil pills. $5 for 4 pills. Expensive, but Yay! I’d been sure I was saved.

I wasn’t. Those pills didn’t help all that much. Oh, they dried me up all right, to the point of clogging my nose. I couldn’t breathe! I don’t care what anyone says, the liquid stuff is better (I came home and took some Nyquil and it worked wonderfully).

Even though I became sick (I’m sooooo glad I packed lots of Kleenex packs—sure came in handy), I tried not to let it get to me too much. I did have a good time (and my friend liked it so much she wants to go back next year). Actually sold two books (which is two more than last year).

I still wish more people would have attended the book signing (which was open to the public). That’s something Jackie will have to work on.

Other than that, Jackie did and OUTSTANDING job of running this convention. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard just to make sure everyone had a good time.

And if it weren’t for my cold, I might have been able to enjoy more than I did.

Here’s my GREAT news: Hubby’s PET scan came back clean. No cancer! Of course, that’s what last year’s PET scan showed, so to be safe, he’ll have another PET scan in six months. Hubby is doing great though. He’s gained back some of the weight he lost, but is hoping he can stay at the weight he’s at now. He doesn’t want to gain it ALL back. So he’s back to walking after work (he’s up to 8 miles, but says he’ll stick with that number for awhile—before he walked 10 miles a day). I doubt I’ll ever walk that much. I’m lucky to get in 4 miles and my pace has really slowed down. Can’t blame that on my heart, though. Nope. It’s all due to my stupid arthritic knee.

Getting old sucks.

So…  Why do we get sick at the most inopportune times? Is there ever an opportune time? Hmmm…

Happy Monday!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great news about your husband! Tell him to keep walking and stay fit.
Sorry you got sick for the con. Hopefully you don't get sick for the next one - and there is a better turnout.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - Yeah, I definitely do NOT want to get sick at Dragon Con! Maybe this cold will help my immune system. I can hope!

Maria Zannini said...

Sorry you got sick, but great news about your hubby. Crossing my fingers that this is it for him and they got it all.

JeffO said...

I'm very glad to hear about your husband, Stacy. That's got to be a tremendous weight off your collective shoulders! Getting sick stinks. Feel better soon!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Thanks. I'm hoping it never comes back, too.

Jeff - A huge weight lifted, indeed. And it helps that we've gotten the insurance all straightened out, too. Whew!

Tanja said...

My eyes watered as I began to read. Wonderful news on the hubby! Eyes dried right up. Figure the stuffy nose is worth that kind of news. 4 miles, 8 miles! Gee, and here I was thinking what a great sacrifice my 20-min. walk is going to be tomorrow.