Happy New Year

2018 is here and I couldn’t be happier. The entire holiday season was a bust. I got very sick and spent the entire holiday period coughing and coughing.

I believe I know where I picked up the bug. I did a school visit just before Hanukkah. The children were lovely; absolutely no complaints there. However I arrived in time to join the children in calling three sick classmates who had stayed home, wishing that they get better soon. I thought that was a beautiful gesture. It was something I had never seen before. I should have stopped to think that if three children in one class were home sick, what sort of bugs were circulating. Sure enough. They nailed me within hours of my getting home. I suddenly didn’t feel so good. I went to bed and there I stayed for the next three weeks.

My wife urged me to call the advice nurse at Kaiser Hospital, our health care provider. I had a good talk with the nurse in between coughing spells. The nurse gave me the bad news. It’s going around. She asked if I had coughed up blood. (YIKES!!) No, I told her. (Thank goodness!) She told me that as long as I wasn’t coughing up blood, there was nothing the doctors could do for me. It’s a virus. It had to run its course. In fact, it would be advisable if I DIDN’T come to the hospital. All the sick people are there, swapping germs. I’d only be adding mine to the germ pool. Not a pleasant thought.

The advice nurse asked where I had been during the past week. When I told her I had visited a school, she laughed and said, “There you have it!” Schools are pest holes in the eyes of the medical profession.

I’m better now. Despite a crummy Hanukkah, a crummy Christmas, and a crummy New Year, I’m looking forward to 2018.

Happy New Year to all my friends!

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