When things don’t go as planned, like pneumonia ambushing vacation, I look for the silver lining.
We had a nice 10 days visiting T’s grandparents in New Brunswick, despite me being ill for most of it.
On our third day, I started to feel nauseous, had shaking chills and developed a fever – which reached a scary 40.3.
I was in bed for three days and coughed up bloody mucus and felt out of breath.
I went to the ER and the doctor confirmed it was pneumonia and started me on antibiotics.
I felt guilty that my illness restricted our plans but in hindsight, it ended up being a blessing.
The hubby and T spent one-on-one time with T’s grandparents – including them taking T to the park and McDonalds and the group going for drives.
I got my wish to take long naps during the day, with the saltwater breeze nourishing my soul; next time, I’ll specify I want to enjoy naps without being sick!
While we didn’t get to go out for hikes or swims, we enjoyed many walks by the water, bike rides by the cottage, and played cards – my in-laws introduced me to a super fun game called Five Crowns.
I started to feel better on the last two days of our trip, so of course, those days rained all day. So we took T and his cousin A to the movies – and spent the rest of the time relaxing at the cottage.
T and A kept busy building forts (below) and watching YouTube videos together; it warmed my heart seeing them deepen their bond.
The last day on our trip was the hubby and my 14th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by going for a short drive to fill up gas for our drive home. 😆
The rain stopped in the late afternoon and we enjoyed a family walk on the windy beach.
The hubby really stepped up while I was sick – taking care of T, measuring my temperature and giving me Tylenol every four hours when I was battling the fever, and sitting with me in the ER.
In sickness and in health, rain or shine – the vacation may not have happened the way we imagined, but it was perfect the way it happened.
T, being T, kept it real. When I finally emerged from being in bed for days, he told everyone, “Papa is so lazy. He just sleeps all day.” 😆
And an unexpected gift, I’ve reached my weight goal – and even got my jawline back! 🤣
The entire time I was sick, I had no appetite but I kept thinking about pork bone soup from my favourite Korean restaurant Owl of Minerva.
It motivated me to get better and through the 16-hour drive home.
When we arrived home Thursday night, I picked up takeout from Owl. It was well worth the wait!