Corner View: Sunshine

It began with a touch of photosensitivity. A walk in the sunshine, after the rain, caused my eyes to recoil. A visit to the eye doctor on a chilly, damp morning brought on a rare bout with allergic asthma. Having to stop nursing immediately, due to eye drops, brought on all day nausea. Then, finally, a terrible cold conquered me and I slowly began to blur. I only remember my mom being ill twice and how worried I was because it just didn't happen.

August had sick eyes and a drippy nose but more energy than I did and took over the house. It took all my focus and strength to feed her that day. She had no real appetite. The walk from my room to the kitchen became increasingly littered with tiny plastic dishes, wooden blocks, toys, toys, toys. The living room floor carpeted with stuffed animals and all the discarded clothes from August's many costume changes, or maybe because I was at first too hot then too cold and adjusted the thermostat accordingly. Soon every toy was out of it's house and partying in every room. There was nothing I could do. I sat on my bed, in my Vapor Rub scented room, trying to stream something entertaining but it was always choppy. There is something wrong with something on my old and slow computer.

August came in with her doctor kit quite often to tend to me. She brought me toilet paper for my nose. She gave me lots of kisses, put her hands on my face and asked if I was better. She was also mourning our nursing days and neither one of us knew if they were gone forever or just on hold. I had that to ponder as I blew and blew my nose.

After waking up to a coughing fit at 4am, I made an appointment for August. While on the phone I wondered how I was going to get the energy to drive to the doctor's office. I made an appointment for myself as well since I would already be there anyway. I was worried about her ears and lungs. Her doctor said she was fine, just a cold, chamomile tea with lots of honey. My doctor also diagnosed me with nothing more than a cold. Fortunately and quite unfortunately I have little experience with colds. I had the avian flu in 1994. No colds, just  allergies, sore throats but no colds. As she left the room, August told her, "I am going to take care of my Mommy." That's medicine.

Later that day, after much online research and a phone call to Canada, I was secure with the information I had found regarding nursing and the eye drops. It was fine. We resumed our slow weaning project. Our noses stopped running, the coughs went away and our appetites returned. August asked if I was better. I said yes and her little face lit up. Seeing that lit up my heart. We started piecing the house back together.


Blogger jgy said...

August is so sweet how she takes care of you and you take care of each other!! Glad to hear you are both feeling better! Happy sunshine-y days to you!♡

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

My goodness! So sorry you were sick! Your house sounds just like my house when I am sick. My little ones love to drag everything out. How sweet she wanted to take care of you! Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
Blogger Holly said...

Glad to hear you two are on the mend. Here's to a healing week of sunshine in your household.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
Blogger Heather said...

I hope you and August are happy and well, but I want to read more. You are a very talented writer!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
Blogger Menthe Blanche said...

What a story!
It was impossible for me to write a comment yesterday, but now it seems ok... :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015  
Blogger :) said...

A sunny "touch of photosensitivity"!

Thursday, May 21, 2015  
Blogger :) said...

A sunny "touch of photosensitivity"!

Thursday, May 21, 2015  
Blogger lolvalstein said...

This is so beautifully written, you amaze me my dear Tera. So happy you and my little chick pea are feeling better!

Thursday, May 21, 2015  
Blogger Mezza May said...

What a lovely girl she is! Glad that you're heading on the road to recovery!

Friday, May 22, 2015  
Blogger Susi-Art said...

being sick as that you sure could do with a lot of sunshine!! what a great post!

Sunday, May 24, 2015  
Blogger Francesca said...

what an amazing way to tell a story - beginning to end!

Sunday, May 24, 2015  
Blogger Tera said...

Thank you all for the encouragement and well wishes!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  
Blogger ♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

super great end line to your story. such grand allegory... n♥

Thursday, May 28, 2015  

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