Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Finally a Happy Dance!

I am finally peeking out from underneath the covers and what do I see? Outside my kitchen window I see this…

I haven’t felt like doing much these last few weeks, although I did manage to celebrate Memorial Day at our beautiful State Capitol Park and captured these images.

Our California Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in 1989.

A lovely pink rose in our beautiful Capitol Rose Garden. There are approximately 700 rose bushes in this garden. On a warm morning walking to my office I can smell the roses a city block away. I spend many lunch breaks over here. I am blessed.

This beauty is called Shockwave and I can see why. I have never seen a rose so bright and yellow. This picture does not do it justice.

One of several paths between the roses.

I have no idea what this one is called. I call it the Candy Cane Rose.

Why am I so late sharing my lovely Memorial Day? I debated on whether to share this but I want to let all my friends know to not ignore a sinus infection! I kept blaming my overall crummy feeling on allergies. I should have known better because I don’t have allergies. I just figured that I finally developed allergies. This region is one of the worse for allergy sufferers and if you don’t have allergies you will eventually develop them if you live in this region long enough.

Anway, I get home on Monday afternoon (Memorial Day) and looked in the mirror and was horrified at what I saw. My eyes were swollen and I was quickly developing a rather large beet red circle around my left eye that went all the way to the eyebrow and down my face. So what does this girl think (blonde moment?)…the allergies are getting worse. Fast forward to Tuesday morning. My eyes are now almost swollen shut with all of the signs of pink eye maybe? I saw the Doctor that morning and I was feeling REALLY bad by then and the temp was hovering around 100. When you are in the Doctor’s office and the Doctor walks in, the last thing the sick person wants to see is a rather shocked look on the Doctor’s face? Huh? I am thinking this must be one of the more severe allergy cases she has seen. Well let me tell you, I had a sinus infection so severe that I was in the first stages of cellulitis of the face (a bacterial infection of the skin cells). Oh yes, had I waited much longer this would have put me in the hospital . Fast forward to today and antibiotics…I AM FEELING MUCH BETTER!!! I want to do a happy dance! Thinking back on these last several weeks, if not the last 3 months or so, I think I have had this infection for a very long time. I must have one heck of an immune system.

How I managed all this time I have no idea. The Doctor doesn’t know either. All I can say is, today I have more energy than I have had in a long, long time. The moral of this story…don’t ignore a sinus infection. I had no idea that it could manifest into something more serious however I didn’t know I had one. But I will the next time!

Hugs to everyone as I continue with my Happy Dance! Sue


  1. AnonymousJune 08, 2011

    Glad to see you and all the beautiful flowers.
    Really glad you're feeling better!

  2. So happy to hear you're feeling better.... that could have been a realllly serious problem. Glad you addressed it. That's just horrible.

    Every time I see the name of your blog..... and No Minimalist Here... I have to chuckle. They are MY VERY favorite blog names. And, either one would have worked for me.

    Sending hugs...

  3. Sue, that sounds terrible. I am so thankful you saw the doctor when you did and that you are on the mend now. I knew a little of this story from an e-mail, but the rest is really scary. I used to get sinus infections, but nothing like that.
    Love the roses in your pictures from the Capital The red and white one is my favorite. My cousin works just a few blocks from there
    and has for years. I have pictures of our families there when we were growing up.

  4. Boy, you had a severe one. They sure can be killers.
    Glad you are feeling better.

    Thanks for coming by and leaving sweet words for me.:))
    xoxo bj

  5. I hope you are feeling much better. I am so sympathetic. My sinus issues move into bronchitis, if I am not careful. At the first sign of infection I call the doctor. I only learned this by sad experience. Take good care!

  6. Hello Sue,
    Just found your blog at Kim Klassen's.
    Glad you're feeling better now
    Those roses are gorgeous !
    Lovely wishes,

  7. Well, I was just here and made a comment but error pages seem to be gobbling up my comments today. I was over on Kerrie's Korner, SC and saw your blog on a comment, just had to check it out - cute name and wonderful cat in the photo! They know how to relax, don't they? We've been sick here too - know how you feel, in many ways. Boy, you had it bad. I'm glad you're feeling better, glad it didn't get the best of you. Beautiful post ... great place to spend some time in those rose gardens. We're in Central Texas - hopefully when you get to Texas it won't be too hot or too dry ... take care! Hope to see you around. Jenn