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So Much for Normal… or This Is Normal?

I met my wife at the airport just before midnight, Tuesday, and thought things were back to normal again. She was home, the cats would be happy, and routine would be restored.

Then, while driving home I realized I ached all over. Headache, joint pain, and sneezing… lots and lots of sneezing. I thought the sneezing was a result of wind and pollen. Over the weekend, I had taken to the slope behind our house with a Weed Eater (one of the best lawn care tools ever invented). I wore jeans and safety goggles, but my face still ended up with marks from the weeds and grass. I looked like a red raccoon after the mowing and weed removal.

Alas, it wasn't mere allergies. I spent much of Wednesday sneezing and wheezing. I was running a fever by late in the day. Thursday was spent in bed, with chills. Not as much sneezing, but still too much sneezing. My lips and nose are chapped, from too much Kleenex use. Time to get some Puffs with lotion.

My wife said this is normal for us — I get sick way too easily. Maybe the anemia has my resistance weaker than normal. While she was gone, I went walking a few times, once in our local (empty) mall, and another time at an outdoor mall. I wasn't around many people, but I seems I was near somebody with a cold.

To deal with the anemia, I take a multivitamin, iron, folic acid, and other supplements. I'm being as proactive as possible, but apparently my immune system is still on hold. What good is exercising, taking vitamins, and eating healthy if I'm often sick?

I have no idea if I'm unusually fragile when it comes to infections or not. My wife believes I am prone to every infection, every little illness.

Maybe things are back to normal.


  1. Have you tried alternative meds? I am debating going to the local herbalist in the fall. We have a neighbor and a local Dr that both recommend her.

    My neighbor has seen other alternative health professionals and has not been pleased with the results so I'd be careful where you go and make certain it's vetted.

    Massage, different herbs, acupuncture, chiro have been recommended to us by others over the years. Massage I prefer over the chiro and I haven't tried the others.

    Something to think about, but shop around and ask lots of questions.


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