I wasn’t able to fulfill the month of posting each day, but that’s because I caught that really, really horrible flu that’s going around. (At least I completed my resolution to develop the habit, though!) Between the sore throat, wracking cough, fatigue, weirder sleep habits than usual, and headaches that get awfully close to migraine status, I am pretty worthless right now. I’m amazed I was able to get the computer rig going and work on my site for a bit and then schedule the upcoming blog posts. I’ll be back in a few days hopefully, but in the meantime Leah is going to step in and share some recipes with you. Her meals look a lot better than the vegetable soup diet that I can occasionally eat right now! I’m jealous if you get to try one of them out right away! *grin*
The silver lining is that there has been a small delay in our adoption process, so I’m able to just focus on getting through this and better, without trying to get better in time for a meeting or the extreme guilt of having to postpone meeting our potential daughter. That would seriously devastate me, so I’m counting my blessing for one of those “unanswered prayers”.
While I’m down and out I am able to read a bit, so I’ve been making a tiny dent in my huge TBR library. I started “Plague” by Judy Mikovits, PHD and Kent Heckenlively. It is “One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases”. Yep, I have text books in my TBR library; are you really surprised by that? *laugh* The Amazon synopsis is way better than what I can come up with in my cold medicine haze, so here goes…
“On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!” The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.
For Dr. Mikovits, a twenty-year veteran of the National Cancer Institute, this was the midpoint of a five-year journey that would start with the founding of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease at the University of Nevada, Reno, and end with her as a witness for the federal government against her former employer, Harvey Whittemore, for illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On this journey Dr. Mikovits would face the scientific prejudices against CFS, wander into the minefield that is autism, and through it all struggle to maintain her faith in God and the profession to which she had dedicated her life. This is a story for anybody interested in the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country.”
I can’t wait to get further into it when I’m not as brain dead, although I’m a bit scared to maybe find out that there is a reason why I have my illnesses, and why I became disabled so early (when factoring in the trauma that triggered the system response). The possibility of an “oops” would be very hard to process without a lot of anger and I’m finally doing so much better at accepting my disabilities. Just like the scene of an accident though, I can’t help but look, or read in this instance. To maybe finally have the “why me” answered is one question that therapy and emotional trauma forms cannot work through.
Anyway, enjoy the recipes (isn’t she an amazing cook?!) and stay healthy!! I’ll be pampering myself by going for the lotion infused tissues. 😉