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Coronavirus Just a Scare?

Over 3,000 deaths. In over 60 countries. It’s not just a scare. It’s real. And now it’s here in our country. Maybe even in your state!

It’s so hard to believe that something like this is happening in this day and age. We take so much for granted, so many times taking our health for granted… and along comes something like the Coronavirus, which knocks us to our knees!

I know it’s hard enough for us living with a mental illness like bipolar disorder sometimes, but when you add a physical illness to it, it makes things so much harder. I don’t mean something as drastic as Coronavirus, because the chances of us getting it are so very slim, but any virus at all.

Think about the last time you were sick. It could’ve even laid you up in bed for a week, or more! And didn’t you feel really bad? Stopped your whole world in its tracks, I bet.

That’s what a physical illness can do.

I know. I’m watching it now with my husband and his heart condition.

He’s only 54 (actually, 55 this month), and it’s making him act like an old man.

He went into the hospital for an atrial ablation, which is supposedly a simple heart procedure for his a-fib, and ended up not only with that, but needing to have a pacemaker put in as well! We sure didn’t expect that. He spent four days in the hospital.

And it not only took its toll on him, but me as well, as I spent that four days in the hospital with him, watching out for him. Let me tell you, those chairs that pull out into “beds” are not the most comfortable things in the world. Still, I’m not really complaining, as I needed to be with him.

We had expected that Bill would just bounce back from his procedure and have the energy that he didn’t have for so long before, but that just hasn’t been the case, unfortunately.

He is still weak and so tired. We’re hoping it’s just a part of his recovery and that he’ll feel better soon, though.

At least his sleep wasn’t affected too badly in the hospital, so his bipolar wasn’t too “off.” And his spirits, although he was a little disappointed that he didn’t feel better after, were pretty good.

At least he hasn’t gone into a bipolar episode on top of everything else. That would certainly be a handful to contend with, wouldn’t it? So I am grateful for that.

Actually, I am grateful for a lot right now. I am grateful that the doctor caught Bill’s afib in the first place. And I’m grateful to the cardiologist and his partner who did the ablation procedure (and later the pacemaker as well).

I’m grateful that my husband came through the procedures ok, and is now recovering, and that he has had no infections or other complications.

I’m grateful that both of us are stable and have not gone into bipolar episodes, with our regular routines getting so upset and everything.

I’m so grateful for our health and for the health of our children and grandchildren.

And I’m so very grateful to God for a clean and sober life and all the blessings He has given me. God is so good. May you be as blessed.

Wishing you joy and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,
Michele

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