Let me just first say, I had the flu shot. So did my husband.
He got sick first.
Within several days, I was sick too: fevers chills, achey, brain fog.
Having the flu after getting a flu shot is a FIRST TIME Experience I NEVER want to repeat.
All FIRSTS teach us something and this NEW experience was no different.
First, I learned something new. It’s true. The flu shot doesn’t guarantee you don’t get the flu. It’s about 60% effective and less effective the older you get. “Really???” AAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGG!!!!!
Second, I learned that my amazing 8-Klein College career student workers are not only exceptional, they are super heroes. They ran a major event without me. They kept the doors of our career center serving 3-thousand students open without me. They kept up with dozens of tasks large and small without me. And while, I don’t want to believe anything can go on without me, what a relief it is to know….YES, it CAN go on without me.
Third, I have a colleague who selflessly picked up my slack…a class of 90, grading 90 assignments. Her name is Amy Caples. She was a friendly competitor years ago when we were both on TV. I learned I have a new friend, someone I hope to get to know better.
Fourth, my husband Phil was just as sick as me but he made sure I got to the doctor’s first. He made the pharmacy runs. He took temperatures. He made chicken soup. I don’t know how he did it but he took care of both of us. He really does take care of us in sickness and in health.
Fifth, there really is nothing like feeling deathly ill to remember how remarkable each healthy day is. I rallied just in time to get to the annual Klein College Internship and Career Fair with over 500 students attending.
And then took off for my niece’s wedding in Key Largo. Isn’t she stunning?
I got to be with family and enjoy seeing my daughter experience being a bride’s maid for the first time and spend time with her boyfriend Phil too. (Yes, his name is Phil too.)
And I met this Iguana who is apparently an uninvited guest but makes himself at home at the Key Largo Holiday Inn where I was staying. YIKES.
At the wedding, I met a young couple debating about whether to go back to Chicago or take a couple days to keep going south to Key West.I was sincerely able to say, years from now, you won’t remember the money you saved by going home. I promise you’ll remember you went to Key West.
And off they went to cancel work and kept driving south.
We only get so many days, you know?
Congratulations to my sister Terri and her family who dared to have a destination wedding on a beach, dared Mother Nature to give us sunny skies, and pulled it all off. I’m so happy I got to be there.
It took 2 weeks to feel like me again. And I’m just so grateful.
Let’s go do something new today!
YES. I’m ready for some dares.