Sunday, December 16, 2012

Can you get the flu over the phone?

I am able to sit up at my computer today which is certainly not where you would have found me yesterday.  Yesterday I was in bed, I could not even watch TV, read or KNIT!!!!! Now that is sick.  I had the flu and let me tell you I am happy it is on the way out!  You see Mr. 19 year old got a very bad flu virus on Tuesday in the middle of the night.  He had to have a swimmer take him to the doctor because he could not keep down a thing.  He was much better by Thursday, but the unfortunate thing is he missed flying with his team to his training trip.  He was all alone in his dorm, and I mean all alone, until Friday when he flew out to meet his team.  I think I was so worried about him I caught his flu!  I know that is not a reasonable thought but I was sick just the same.  An hour or so after he landed he called to say he had lost his wallet.  The cab driver told him he didn't take credit cards (although a credit card sign was posted), and he had to go get cash.  I believe the taxi driver was seriously taking advantage of a young man, by the cash only and the price of the ride! When Mr. 19 year old called to tell us my husband in true Father fashion, went nuts raising his voice and carrying on.  He was going on and on about how Mr. 19 year old would lose his head if it wasn't attached, he might be right.  But the thing is this happened on Friday, and my son was safe.  He wasn't shot by some crazed maniac.  He was safe.  My other son was home and he was safe, too.  Mr. 19 year old was with his team, he flew on a plane that landed safely, he got in a cab that took advantage of him, but got him to his destination safely.  He was alive.  After the events on Friday in Connecticut, really isn't that all that really matters.  A wallet we can replace, money that is lost is gone but that is okay.  A life we can't.  It puts it all in perspective.  I am at a loss why we still do not have better gun laws in this country.  I am at a loss at what to say about this horrible tragedy.  I am at a loss trying to figure out how this community is going to go on.  It is just so sad.  All we can do is pray for all the families that have been affected and pray that our policy makers finally do something about it.

17 comments:

Teresa said...

I am so sorry that you have the flu. But am glad that you are on the mend. That must have really sucked for your son. Not being able to fly with the team and then to lose his wallet. I be he hated to call home. Hard to admit when you make a mistake. Some times things just happen. I think after friday we are all learning to e thankful for what we still have. ut something certainly needs to be done. Mental illness needs to be addressed. It is way to hard to get help. It always takes some thing like this for people to wake up to what is important. Lives!!!

kathy b said...

SO TRUE MEREDITH. Zach had his wallet lifted while studying abroad. It wasn't the worst thing in the world.. He had the mind to call our bank immediately.....he learned what to do.
We have to keep these things in perspective.....Life is so short.

My son is home from Mexico!!!! HE is sad about leaving his girlfriend, but he is home and was safe the whole 5 month excursion. IM so grateful to God.

Rose said...

Such a good point. Christmas is hard sometimes but compared to the school tragedy, we are blessed to be alive. Merry Christmas to you and your family. And thanks for your comments on my blog, you are too sweet.

by Teresa said...

Poor guy.. being sick.. missing the first of the trip.. losing his wallet and being abused by a cabbie.. sigh.. he's coming home for xmas, isn't he?

I'm sick too.. a cold.. I'm trying to do some cleaning in between breaks.. having a luncheon her day after tomorrow for sisters and best friend.

Wah. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gerda said...

I'm touched by your post. We all are so sorry the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, but being an european woman I always think about the american gun laws too. Those extreme accidents so rarely happen here in Europe (I don't know of,) but here in Europe one doesn't carry guns, or knifes. It's not common. Ofcourse I know there are people who do, but it's not normal. So one very disturbed crazy person can't put his hands on guns, so the possibility to get to use it is little. I hope you understand what I mean.
I so inderstand your thoughts about your son, my eldest went to Australia whn he was 19, and I worried. he immediately lost his wallet, but everything got okay.
Wish you well, groetjes, Gerda

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Meredith, sure hope you will continue to feel better. I was sick last week with a stomach bug, not to many symptoms just pain and no appetite. I think there are many different bugs around, we need to wash our hands more, I guess.
So relieved your son is safe, and all the other inconveniences is just that. Everything needs to be put into perspective after the events in Conn. I can't fathom the heartache and sorrow. Prayers will be needed for a long time to come.
You take care and hope your son makes it home safety.
xoRobin❤

Babajeza said...


I hope you are feeling better. And then I think you are right about your son being safe. Wallets get lost, but it's sad that someone takes advantage of it. But now, take a rest, stay in bed (hopefully you can).

I only know there was a shooting. It's sad enought, I lcan't stand picutures.

All tne best. Regula

gaia said...

DEar Meredith,
I hope you get better soon. We all felt deeply sad,in this part of the world,when we learned what happened in Connecticut. I am glad your family is safe.Take care,
Gaia.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. :)

So glad Mr. 19 is feeling better, too.....

Prayer...it is the only thing that will get us through.

Blessings always dear friend.

TACIStudio said...

I'm sorry you had the flu and so glad you are feeling better n your son is safe. I felt exactly the same way... So blessed my children and my husband were safe. I was so thankful to God. Life is so precious,.

Grayseasailor said...

So sorry that you and your son have been ill, Meredith, but so glad that you are both better and sorting out the wallet incident, too.

While I would like to think that legislation can help us avoid more tragedies like we had last week, I also wonder how we can better train ourselves to recognize and thwart those around us who are determined to be terrorists.

Most certainly, I along with you, am praying about all of this and appreciating how precious life is.

xx from Gracie

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Hope you're feeling better today Mere.

Communities do manage to move on. We had the Dunblane school massacre here in the UK in 1996 when 16 five year olds and a teacher were killed and many other young children injured (tennis star Andy Murray was at the school and was there that day). Dunblane was changed of course but it is a stronger community than ever. I have friends there who tell me this. I don't mean to diminish the profound effect of the killings on the bereaved families in Connecticut, just to offer a little hope for the future there.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I am so sorry that you are sick Meredith but glad that you are feeling somewhat better. It is going through my family in Sarasota too. The sadness is overwhelming on what happened in Connecticut....there are no words to express. Be thankful for everyday that our children are safe and healthy. Feel better friend!~xo, Patti

Kris said...

Hi Meredith. I have been worried about you, as my blog has not shown that you have posted. But I am here now and see that you have!!! I am so sorry about you being so sick! And your son too! Yikes...what an ordeal. And cab drivers...ugh!!!!
Glad you are on the mend. It has been going around here big time, but luckily, we haven't caught it!!!! Knocking on wood!!!
The CT thing has us all so upset. IT is just unspeakable.
Love,
Kris

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sorry to hear about your son's sickness and then loss of the wallet -- men don't always practice compassion when dealing with such incidents. Glad to hear you are starting to feel better. We came home from school last Tuesday to find Sam in bed asleep -- he had fever and didn't feel well at all. Thankfully, he rested enough that we were able to make our trip to Dubai -- he's the one that told me about the shooting as he got the news on his iPhone. Very sad, indeed! I just don't get how something like that can happen. Mental illness, the healthcare system and gun control are all issues that need to be dealt with big time in the States. Take care of yourself. Hugs, Tammy

Sara said...

I will be praying... So very sad! Popping over for a quick visit tonight Meredith. Thanks for your sweet comment today. It's always fun to share those with Miss Katie Jane. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas this year. :)

millefeuilles said...

Poor, poor Meredith, and poor, poor Mr. 19! I hope my limited vocabulary express sufficiently my sympathy for you both. We're all recovering from a most delightful bout of stomach flu. I feel your pain. The best feeling, as my eight-year old son discovered yesterday, is when you know you really are on the mend and you feel so RELIEVED!

Look after yourself,

Stephanie