Don’t Look Back (a photo of my bedroom hearth)

My viral illness has not been a pretty picture. So many ruts to fall into and rise up out of. Yesterday I saw my doctor for a post-hospital checkup. She has been very compassionate and reassuring to me. She just shook her head at what the virus had put me through. She let me come directly into an exam room and when she ordered lab work, they came and drew my blood in there so I did not have to sit in the waiting room.

It was rather odd, but the nurse could not get my bp to register on the automatic cuff. She tried both arms and got no reading. So she went and got her manual one and that worked. My bp was normal.

When the lab tech came in and begin to draw blood, she put the needle in and begin to draw it. Suddenly she said, “That’s funny; your blood just stopping coming out!” And just as suddenly, it began to fill the tube again. Hmmm.

This morning I got an email from the doctor saying all of my lab results had resumed being in the normal range. Hallelujah! All I have to do now is watch my strength and immunity rise back up to normal.

I am, of course, pondering the “why” of all this. It is totally beyond my mental projections. I am just glad to be back. Appreciating sunlight coming into the great room….that is enough right now.

Vicki Woodyard


  1. I used to teach phlebotomy. Veins are tricky especially as we get older. The best way to find a good vein is by feeling your way, never falling for what looks like a good vein.


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