Reasons to be Cheerful

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 10:23 pm
miss_s_b: (Love: Addams)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
So I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself this week. Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed that I have been afflicted with a mystery spotty disease, which it's looking increasingly likely is shingles*. And there have been a couple of other health-related things which... yeah, I'm not going to go into those. But some of you know why they are upsetting. I never realised how much my self-esteem was wrapped up in my appearance, despite being the kind of feminist who doesn't wear make-up etc., until I suddenly have a face like a half-chewed pizza... Anyway, rather than wallow, I thought I would count my blessings:

  • I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and all that jazz. More than many people have.

  • I have an amazing daughter, and doggie-nurses who snuggle me when I'm feeling bad.

  • My boys. Some of you live with me, some of you don't**. You're all amazing. You're all utterly different to each other, but you're all such good people. I am incredibly grateful and privileged to know each one of you.

  • I have the best friends in the world***. By tweet, by text message, by phone call... You have all been there for me this week. Thank you. I wish I could repay you all for the worth you are to me, but there's not enough gold in the world.

  • Gin.

I'm sure I have more blessings to count, but right now? Right now that last one is looking like the best one I've got. Hopefully my next blog post will be less maudlin.

* the doctor said he didn't think it to be shingles because it was too widespread, and he'd lean towards an allergic reaction, but for various reasons (including my dad the human biology teacher turning up at my house, taking one look at me, and saying "well that's CLEARLY shingles!", and the fact that I have had further outbreaks when I have been nowhere but home...) I think it probably is.

** One of you is kind of half and half right now...*cough* Anyway...

*** if you're thinking "oh she probably doesn't mean ME..." I probably do. Y'all have probably heard of micro-aggressions. There should be a similar term for micro-acts-of-kindness. There are some of you who have said something that you probably think of as a throwaway comment, but which has literally shown me that life is worth living this week. That's very valuable indeed.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I do hope the health problems clear up soon. And I just wanted to point out that you already repay your friends by being at least as good a friend (and certainly in my case a much better one) to us.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
sir_guinglain: (Georgelick)
From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Shingles? Dreadful... you have my sympathy.

I'm sure the doggie-nurses have your best interests at heart, which only happen to coincide with biscuits.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Oh no, shingles are horrible! I hope they (or any alternative maladies) go away shortly.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
blazingskies: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blazingskies
*all the hugs*

I hope you get better soon, hun.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 07:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
There should be a similar term for micro-acts-of-kindness.

There should! This is a good idea.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 07:52 am (UTC)
doccy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] doccy
DOGGIE-NURSES!!! That's an awesome, and accurate, mental picture :D

(Also, as I thought "oh she probably doesn't mean ME..." literally as my eyes dropped down to the '***' footnote, then I'll assume you are including me in this group. In which case: Gold means nothing. People do. And you're good people. I am eternally grateful that I've found myself reading your dreamwidth posts, and occasionally throwing in a comment. I am honestly not being over the top when I say that your posts - and the things you've linked to, which I may never have found otherwise - have helped me be who I am right now. I know I'm flawed - we all are - but I like who I am more than I liked who I was, and much more than I would like who I might have been, if that makes sense. So, thanks. *s*)

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Ouch! Poor you, I hope you feel better soon.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Hope it improves. See you Sunday.

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
telegramsam: Huggy Mulder and Scully (mulder/scully huggy)
From: [personal profile] telegramsam
Oh, stuff on your face is THE WORST. I get several patches of eczema that sort of come and go but there are several spots on my face that flare up from time to time. The one that sticks around the most, of course, is the one across the bridge of my nose and around my eyelids, and since you can't use cortisone products near your eyes (yay glaucoma) it's a genuine nuisance.

Can you dab a bit of concealer over it, maybe? I have to buy the ~expensive~ kind to avoid further irritation but it does at least cover up some of the redness and make having to go out in public less of a trial.

I don't think it's just mere vanity though to be upset about a rash right on your freakin' face, it's genuinely upsetting for all sorts of reasons. I hope you get better soon. :*

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] norfolkian
Sending *hugs*, and sorry I've missed this previously. I've not had as much time for the internet lately. So have some more *hugs* to make up for me being slow.

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