16 hours: An ode to being sick

Please excuse the rant and my attempt at poetry but I had to get this out! I promise my next post will be a delight to the eye full of flowers! But sometimes you’ve got to take the good with the bad. I think that 16 hours of the worst stomach flu is up there with the bad. But then again, it sure makes you appreciate and thank God for your health. -thirdeyemom


My body feels like it has been run over by a train.

Ever single inch of my body aches and throbs.

It hurts to talk. So I don’t.

It hurts to cough. So I won’t.

The only thing that feels good right now are the tiny, pebble-sized pieces of crushed ice that I slowly, carefully put into my mouth to feed my desert of a body.

16 hours is a very long time.

For 16 hours I laid on the cold, hard bathroom floor.

For 16 hours I begged and pleaded for no more.

For 16 hours, I laid alone in the dark in suffering and pain.

For 16 hours, I realized how fragile life is….how quickly your health can change.

Ah….those 16 hours were brutal but now I can begin again.



    • Thanks! The kids had it Saturday and then we got it Monday. I was the worst hit but that is better as I can’t imagine my kids being as sick as I was!

  1. Beautiful photos, Nicole and it sounds like you really went through it. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better. 🙂 It’s so easy to take out health for granted when we have it. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded how lucky we are.

    • Thanks Lucy! I’m finally dressed, eating buttered noodles and coming back to life. Wow. It is just brutal when you get knocked down like that. I kept thinking about people who are in pain with serious illnesses and wondering how they ever manage it. So glad to be getting better and feeling human again!!!!

      • So glad to hear you sounding better, Nicole!!! When you’re seriously ill you have no choice but to try and manage the best you can and take each moment as it comes. Get some fresh air and savour your good health!!!

      • Thanks Lucy! Each day I’m getting better and better but still weak. I can hardly wait to leave for Montana tomorrow. The fresh mountain air will do me wonders and lift my spirits! 🙂

  2. YUCK! The worst part must have been laying on the cold, tile bathroom floor. It’s good to hear you are recovering. The colorful picture was definitely a reassurance that you are healing. And I kinda liked your ode. When I had dengue fever, the only thing I could do was watch the geckos playing on my wall. Sickness sure gives one a different perspective and a gratefulness for health and the body’s amazing ability to heal.

    • Thanks! I am finally feeling better. Funny that I just laid there moaning and couldn’t do anything but let the time pass. As the sun came up, I focused on a painting on the wall, kind of like what you said about the geckos and then I kept thinking about this silly ode over and over again. It is so scary when you get that sick. I can only imagine what dengue fever was like! Yes, health is incredibly important and sacred. Even a small taste of being very sick is enough to scare the wits out of you! I’m just thankful that I’m on the mend. It was the worst stomach flu I’ve ever had in my life! 🙂

    • Thanks Debra! Well, I’m up, dressed and on my computer. I’m weak but better. I hate being sick but what is worse is thinking about what life would be like with a serious illness. I really really am thankful for my good health!

    • Thanks so much! I’m finally getting better! It has been a very hard winter. I think having a 6 and 8 year old both in school has been hard as we’ve been constantly sick. But now I’m seeing the light again! Yeah! I feel human!

  3. Amy

    For 16 hours…. Get well soon, Nicole. Sounds like you had been busy before you got sick, slow down a little bit…

    • Thanks Amy! Yes, life is busy. We’ve been sick since December but I’m also thinking it is having two kids now in school (800 kids at their elementary) that just bring home the germs. I am finally on the mend though. Yeah, I do need to slow down. Thankfully we leave tomorrow for Spring Break to Montana!!! I can’t wait to unwind and of course hit the slopes!

  4. I’m impressed that you can even attempt to write when not feeling well. Rants are fine. We all get it. Recovery takes longer when you’re packed a punch like that. Get better!

    • Thanks so much! Writing is my outlet and now a few days later I’m finally feeling better! Slowly but surely. Thanks for checking in on me! 🙂 Nicole

  5. So sorry Nicole. Hope you are finally feeling better – being sick, no matter where you are is truly miserable. Sending you virtual chicken soup, Terri

  6. So glad to hear that you are beginning to feel better. Knock on wood, I cannot remember the last time I had the flu, but then again, I don’t have little ones running around.

    • Thanks so much. I’m finally on the mend. We are heading out kind of your way to Montana tomorrow for spring break. I can hardly wait to get some fresh mountain air!

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