Days 6-10: So Much to be Thankful For

You guys, I blew it! I signed up for NaBloPoMo for November and promised to post about what I am thankful for each day…and then I got sick on Wednesday. Then I got sicker. By Saturday, I could not leave my bed and I was writhing in pain. I was a sweaty, chilled to the bone mess. When my fever hit 103.1, we headed to the hospital to find out that I have pneumonia. Bummer!

So, I’ve fallen behind on my #CrazyThankful posts, but I’m here to catch up and get back on track. I hope you’re enjoying the series because it’s been fun to write…even if it sounds tedious and I’m up late at night writing. It’s nice to list out my blessings rather than focus on my depression for a change. I feel blessed. I am blessed. I hope to bless you all with my thankfulness and good cheer…despite my gap for pneumonia recovery.

Day 6 – I am thankful for my little family and the fun we have when we’re just being us. We love to laugh and play games. We love to see movies and sit in bed and watch TV. We love to get out and about and go to the park or to the arcade in town. We are a fun family and I am thankful to be a part of it. On Friday, we went to see the Peanuts movie and I was sick as a dog! It was a cute movie and I hope to have some printables for you soon about the movie!

Day 7 – I am thankful for my husband (yes, him again!) for entertaining my boy all day on Saturday when I was so, so sick. Benjamin had a cardboard car derby with the Boy Scouts (more on that later!) and he was supposed to have two soccer games. It was the worst time for me to be sick, but it was rainy and cold outside and I couldn’t make myself get out of bed. Howard took it all in stride and was ready for the day. He jumped out of bed and had the boy busy all day long! My husband has to be my biggest blessing in life.

Day 8 – I am thankful for modern medicine and the hospital ER in Palestine for taking care of me. I walked into the ER on Saturday barely breathing and with a fever of 103.1 and they whisked me (along with Benjamin because Howard had to run home for his wallet) back to the room for x-rays and blood work and a flu test. It was only minutes before they were back in taking more blood work and telling me that I had pneumonia. I walked out after having antibiotics, steroids, and a breathing treatment, feeling much better and had a note to be off work until 11/12 for recovery.

Day 9 – I am thankful for a day job that allows me to be off work when I need to and not worry about what’s going on at work. I know that there is work to do there, but my coworkers have assured me that I need not worry about any of it. I’ve covered for them in the past and they are more than happy to cover for me now. My boss is amazing and was very understanding when I text him late on Saturday night that I would be out until at least Thursday.

Day 10 – I am thankful for a warm, soft bed where I have spent my last 5 days, working a little online, but mostly relaxing and watching TV. I leave to go to the bathroom or get something to drink or eat, but mostly I’ve been in this big ole bed all cozied up where I plan to stay for at least another day or two as I continue to recover.

Counting My Blessings #CrazyThankful #Thankful30

Join me on my journey to write 30 days of thankfulness in the month of November for NaBloPoMo and follow my hashtag ā€“ #CrazyThankful ā€“ to find out what Iā€™m thankful for this month and all year long!

I would love to know your secrets to keeping up with life and work when you’re sick. Any tips for pneumonia recovery?


  1. I used to be all about participating in blogging events like NaBloPoMo. I also participated (and completed) in NaNoWriMo twice! Then I began starting them but falling off towards the end, then mid-way, and now I just don’t participate in them anymore. They are always a lot of fun to think about participating in, but then something falls through. November is also SUCH a busy month!

  2. Sorry you had pneumonia! Glad that your work is able to accommodate you while you heal and get better, though!!

  3. CourtneyLynne says:

    O no! Nothing worse than being ill!!! I just got over being sick. Hope you’re feeling better!

  4. It seems like everyone has been getting sick lately, myself included. And, you are the second person I have heard that has been diagnosed with pneumonia. I had walking pneumonia a long time ago, and I remember the coughing felt horrible. I hope you feel better soon!

  5. So glad the ER Helped you. Hope you start feeling better.

  6. Oh no! I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well! I hope you feel better soon! <3

  7. Stacey says:

    Janet, I hope that you are felling much better by now! It is wonderful that even in the throes of illness you can find things to be thankful for. I love that you and your family enjoy so many fun times together! I am still hoping to see the Peanuts movie.

  8. Raewyn says:

    Oh my gosh, I am happy the ER was able to help you out!! These thankful posts are amazing. I love practicing gratitude every day!

  9. Di says:

    Gosh hope you feel better soon!
    I had a cold for a few days after coming back from Hawaii but so far seem to have it handled.
    Keep hydrated, stay warm, and soup!

  10. So sorry to hear that you are ill. I hope you get better soon.

  11. Hoping that you’re feeling better every HOUR! So glad that you got the medical attention you needed and are on the road to recovery! Being sick is no fun!

  12. I’m so glad that you’re fine now, you’re a catch keep it up good job.

  13. Debra says:

    Oh my goodness! I am glad you are OK, that sounds crazy!

  14. Man, I hope you’re feeling better! I haven’t been brave enough to take on a NaBloPoMo yet!

  15. Jen K says:

    So sorry you were sick! It’s definitely going around.

  16. jamie says:

    Such a great reminder to be thankful for what we have!

  17. Helena says:

    I hope you’re on the mend! Horrible to be so sick, but fab that you’ve found so much to be thankful for!

  18. I hope you’re on the mend! Illness this time of year can seriously put a wrench in our holiday fun.

  19. I hope you get better soon, take it easy until then, don’t push yourself!

  20. Gosh, it sounds like you’ve had a rough week. I’m glad you were able to get the care you needed and are on the road to recovery.

  21. ahhh man that sucks that you were sick but i hope you are finally on the mend šŸ˜‰

  22. I am so sorry you were so sick but happy that you are better. Great reasons to be thankful.

  23. Oh, my! I am so glad you re feeling better! I hate going to the ER. I know you are happy that is over with!

  24. I hope you’re feeling better by now! Stay thankful!

  25. Lexie says:

    Oh no! I hope you are feeling 100% again! Good job on catching up! Oh, and I love the header on your blog! šŸ™‚ LifeAsLex

  26. I am so sorry to hear about you being ill I hope you are feeling better now hun?Your boss seems lovely and is so understanding about your condition.

  27. Blythe A. says:

    Hope you are feeling better. Seems like pneumonia is going around. Take care.

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