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I Have Risen



This is no religious tract, although it brought several lessons.

I am just rising from 3 days of fog, illness and pain. It felt like months, but I am so grateful that it wasn’t! Having multiple teeth removed seriously shocked my body. I took the pain meds on my way home (I wasn’t driving), before the numbing meds wore off. When I woke from a fog in the middle of the night, my brain was muddled and my head, neck and upper body ached like I had been run over with a Mac truck. My mouth did not hurt at all. Weird.

I did not take any more pain meds, only the antibiotic. I couldn’t stay awake. I did my best to take the anti b’s 4 times a day, as directed. I did my best to sip broth, grape juice and use ice packs. Someone from the dental clinic called and said to stop ice on the second day and start warm salt water rinses. I would never have remembered that, or anything else they told me.

I dreamed like crazy and I whined to myself a lot. I wanted my mom, my daughter, my son. my aunt, a friend. I cried because I didn’t have the stamina to stand and wash my dishes. I was confused about my mouth not hurting, while the rest of my body was under attack.

This morning, I feel shaky, weak and wiped out, but I woke at 5 a.m. with the fog clearing and my body no longer aching. I washed dishes and went to the garden for slug patrol and dead heading. And to just enjoy the fragrance of sweet peas, freesias and damp earth. Of course, I took pictures πŸ™‚

So, the lessons:

Gratitude; it was only a few teeth, not a breast or arm or foot.

Stubbornness; my friend would have been happy to drop me off with my family or a friend, but I didn’t want to burden those already carrying heavy loads. Okay, I get it now.

Please enjoy the garden and forgive me for not asking for help.

Patti, the humble one

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Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

46 thoughts on “I Have Risen

  1. My poor husband always bears the brunt of my recoveries. Ain’t nowhere else to go. I try not to be too much of a burden. But — I’m not alone … and probably you should not be either. What if something happened and there was no one to call an ambulance? Seriously, don’t be foolish. It’s your LIFE.

  2. Dew Drop Inn… πŸ™‚ Lovely photos. –Curt

  3. And I might add, balm for any who suffer.

  4. I’m sorry you’ve had such a hellish time of it Patti but I’m glad you’re on the mend again. The garden looks fantastic now.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  5. Patti so glad you are on the mend. Nothing worse than feeling weak and ill. And now you know thats what friends are for…….Garden pics are beautiful.

  6. I like your story, your lessons, and the photos — all of it! How do you manage the “dissolve” for the last one?

    • So happy that you liked it all, Marian! Not sure about dissolve…I have one photo at top of post and a “slideshow” at the bottom with about 23 photos…

  7. I get it – You are using the slideshow function!

  8. Oh, I hope you’re feeling much better now, Patti! That’s a lot to go through alone. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

  9. Feel better soon. πŸ™‚

  10. I hope u can keep the rest of your teeth and don’t have to go through this again.

  11. Beautiful pics, thank you for sharing and for learning lessons!

  12. …a late friend… hear you, feel you!

  13. i am happy you are feeling better:) i understand the not wanting to be a burden thing. i have been in the same position.

  14. I’m glad you’re emerging on the other side of this and feeling better. And I used to do snail patrol in my courtyard!

  15. Yes, a hellish time. I see the need to ask for help but feel my own tendency to curl into my self-protective cave and be alone when I’m not well. It’s good to have someone drop off juice or soup and check in, though. My only experience of teeth pulling was four wisdom teeth in high school and it was misery. My mom took care of me. I need a mother now–and a wife, too. Someone needs to wash the dishes in the sink. Lovely slides, especially the sweet peas. Sending healing light and may the rest of those teeth be tough.

    • Thank you, Elaine. I’m still turning my head to smell the vase of sweet peas, although their scent fills the whole cave. Tomorrow I’ll pick some to sit on my bedside shelf. πŸ™‚

  16. Glad to know you are healing Patti. Hang tough! πŸ™‚

  17. You poor thing. It sounds just awful, and I am so happy that you are coming out of the fog now. Please take care of yourself. xo

  18. Really lovely pictures for a sad, but hopeful, post. Wishing you happiness.

  19. Gorgeous photos Patti!! I’ve watched the slide show go through them all a few times…so beautiful! I would admonish you for not asking for help….but then I’d be a hypocrite. Since I do not like that word nor its connotation… I shall say I hope you are feeling so so much better now! Also, that you are in my heart and my prayers all ways!!! ❀ ❀ ~

    • It makes me smile when my friends enjoy my photos so much. Every time I get a good shot, I get so excited to post it for others to enjoy.
      My mouth has healed well and so have the side effects or flu or shock or whatever made me so sick. I will be staying with family if I have to go through something like that again. Lesson learned.
      You are in my heart also. Take care. xo

  20. The love and care is not over yet πŸ˜‰ I’m working my way backwards through posts I’ve missed. Perhaps another lesson learned is to not wait so long before seeing the dentist πŸ˜‰ Your garden is lovely. I know from your latest post that you’re in Alaska and that you’ve mended well. You seem to be enjoying your life, being stubborn at times, yes, but not taking anything for granted. And I think of the joy you bring to others … *Hugs*

    • Ah, thanks, Marie. I’m working on catching up with all of you too. I’m months behind on everyone’s posts!

      • You’re months behind because you are living Life like the rest of us should πŸ™‚ My online presence has decreased quite a bit. I just couldn’t handle a regular blogging schedule with the stuff going on in my workplace. Office drama suck the marrow out of me. Plus I’m on the computer all day anyway so it was getting harder and harder to face my own computer at home.
        As long as you’re enjoying yourself … that’s what counts! *Hugs*

      • I at least get points for trying. As long as we touch base every now and then, we’re good. Hugs, friend.

  21. You’re a brave soul, Patti, and even through the dark times took care of your readers…shared your learnings, brightened our day with lovely garden photos. Glad you’re feeling better. Thank you.

  22. Thank you, Susan, for joining in here. I’m still enjoying your place and look forward to reading and seeing more of your incredible talents!

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