After my daily workout on Monday, March 19, 2012, my body felt like it was going to fall apart. By Tuesday morning, I had every symptom of the flu (except for the G.I. stuff, thank Goodness). I tried to ride this out at home. But, by Thursday morning, I hurled gobs of mucus and stuff was coming out of my right eye. Thursday afternoon, I drove myself to my prescribed clinic because I didn’t want to infect my entire family. Don’t worry. I could see clearly and react responsibly. I was safe to drive. I left the clinic with the confirmation of my (4-day) flu with 101.4 temp + bronchitis + pink eye = (3) prescriptions. Add ibuprofen alternating with acetaminophen, nasal decongestant, and Mucinex DM before bedtime, you have an Erwin filled with the most drugs he’s ever taken at the same time … in his entire life. A clear indication of the effects is the fact that I’m referring to myself in third person, for part of a sentence, anyway. Hmmm … I got hit hard … but that’s not the worst of it.
I can handle all of the physical woes. But, with me out of commission, and doing my best not to spread my illness around, that meant that my wife had to take extra responsibilities in my stead. Actually, not much choice available, between school rotations for our children, parent coordinating events for our children’s school, weekly groceries shopping, meals, children’s homework, piano practices and lessons, 12-hour shifts, and so forth… but that’s not the worst of it, either.
The worst IS that my illness overtook me at the WORST time. My wife turned 21-years-old AGAIN this week. Of course, we had plans for parts of this week and she was greatly anticipating this time, but none of it came to pass, except her birthday, a quiet and humble one. She put on a brave face …
Thankfully, her dad and mom shared breakfast with her on her birthday. Thankfully, her sister bought her a beautiful bouquet of roses. She received birthday greetings from family and friends. I also gave my small offering, but when I overheard my wife’s conversation with her sister, my heart broke into pieces. I don’t want to embarrass her any more than I already have with this blog, so I won’t share exactly what she said or did, but I will express that her emotions didn’t become tears of frustration directed at me, but tears for “us”. Every day, like all moms/wives, my wife works hard until she lays her head to sleep. We make birthdays a very special and wonderful occasion within our family and call them ‘birthday weeks’. Last year, my wife baked me four cakes, if I recall correctly. No … her tears were honest and telling her heart that it’s okay to be disappointed when she was so looking forward to this special and wonderful time … especially quality alone time with her husband.
“I know it’s not my fault, but as a small consolation, you know we’ll try to make up this missed opportunity with some new ones and hopefully … ASAP. We are grateful for everything you do for our family. We notice. We don’t forget either. Happy X # of days after your 21st Birthday … AGAIN my Beautiful, Dedicated, and Pure-Hearted Wife!”
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