Filosofa Checks In …

One of the many things I have learned over the past month or so is that once the body hits the 70-year mark, the warranty expires on all its parts.  I should’a read the fine print.  I keep hoping to be able to start my post with … “Filosofa Rides Again!” … or something equally energetic, but I’m not there yet, folks.  They tell me that patience is the key, that at my age, healing takes time, but patience has never been my strong suit and mine has been stretched beyond its limits, driving my mind into a dark and foreboding place.

Another thing I’ve learned is that healthcare in the U.S. is seriously broken.  It has become so compartmentalized, so ‘specialized’, that the patient is no longer given even minimal consideration.  But I’ll have more on that another time.

Anyway, I really miss my blog, miss my blogging family, miss the interactions among us.  And yes, I have been keeping up with what is happening on the U.S. political scene, and it seems that old adage is true:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  The same issues are at hand today with the same tired cast of characters as when I first became ill a month or more ago.  And the anti-vaxxers are still mistakenly interpreting their ‘rights’ as being whatever they want them to be at a given time.

Though I’m still far from ‘back in the saddle’, I plan to try to write a short post every other day or so … I think it might help me crawl out of the dark, dark place my mind resides in these days.

And finally, thank you all for the well-wishes and heartfelt concern you’ve sent me via comments and email.  I apologize for not having answered each one individually, but know that your thoughts brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart.

62 thoughts on “Filosofa Checks In …

  1. Thank you for sharing and happy to hear from you!.. glad that you are on the mend!!… don’t overdo, give the body time to heal, us “ole” folks don’t rebound like we did when we were 20 years old, nine foot tall and bullet proof… there are still things to do and challenges to overcome so get rested up… “Victory is not always winning the battle, but rising every time you fall” (Napoleon Bonaparte)… 🙂

    Take care and until we meet again….

    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. Hello Jill, so happy to hear from you! We all miss you terribly, WP just isn’t the same without ur creative energy and indomitable spirit.
    Wishing you much love and a super quick recovery. Get home soon and snark what you do best ❤

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  3. I’m happy to hear you’re on the road to recovery. As everyone else has said, take care of yourself, the snark will still be there and I completely agree that our medical system is horibly broken and has been for decades.

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  4. I’m so glad to hear your “voice”, friend. I’ve been watching my email hoping to see a post from you. I hope you can take it slow and concentrate on yourself for awhile. As you note, the world will wait for you! Take care!!!

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  5. Checking in from Far Northern Canada. I have not been on Word Press in weeks, but something made me check today. Seeing a Word from Filosofa put a smile in my heart. Thank you for the hopeful update, Jill. You have been sorely missed, but we all know that your health is more important than your explanations of the crappy world around us. We can do that for ourselves, though not as brilliantly as you.
    So keep on improving at whatever pace your body deems necessary, and those of us who don’t die waiting (tongue-in-cheek) will be here when you return. Give our regards, please, to Chris and Natasha who are doing their best to help you recover. Sick battle axes are never easy to live with (also tongue-in-cheek)!

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    • I’m trying, but it seems that all the rest and pills are doing nothing … still, I haven’t given up yet. Yes, I’m sure I am not easy to live with and you’re so right … Chris and Natasha have been doing everything for me and taking great care of me! I owe them a debt I’ll never be able to repay. LuL

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      • Jill, they are now repaying the debt they owe you for years of care, you owe them nothing, yet. But if you don’t get better soon, well, they might think you will owe them by 2025. Being an accountant, I’m sure you will want to stay in the black.

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  6. Jill, yesterday I thought especially of you. It was my birthday and because I live such a good life (overall and in deep thankfulness) I made myself a pressie: Sending special thoughts to those I know but can’t see and those I have a deep connection but have never even met (such as you). And knowing that you are not well at all, AND lack the patience as I only know too well from myself, AND must be fed up to the gills with being in bed and unable to let all those angry birds fly off, I sent you a special ‘care parcel’ containing:
    loving thoughts and wishes for a healing rather sooner than later
    the grace and comprehension that there are things you cannot change for the better and the wisdom to accept them
    a bunch of good vibes (such as sunshine in your heart, gratefulness for the help you get, forgiveness for the wrong-doings against you etc)
    a huge portion of patience (see above – and beyond….)
    and a friendly greeting from Switzerland
    If you don’t like (love) yourself (enough), you can’t be good for others – so pls care for yourself, your well-being as good as can be and stop worrying for the world, until you’re better and stronger again.
    Kiki

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  7. Jill, it is truly great to hear from you. And, from reading the above, I am among many who feel this way. Keep on improving one step at a time. I (and we) look forward to your words of wisdom. You have been missed by many. Take care my friend, Keith

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  8. Scrolling down my ‘Reader’ to catch up and there was ‘Filosofa’ and my heart did a skip.
    I’m very happy to see you back Jill, some Good News out of the USA!
    You rest up now, and gradually gather strength and health.
    AaaaaOooooooooooo 🐺🐺🐺
    Yep guys! Jill back……aaaaOOOOOOOOoooo!

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  9. It’s great to hear from you – I’d been wondering how you were. I hope you can manage to keep your natural impatience sufficiently in check to keep taking the medics’ advice and rest all you need. Don’t worry about us, we’ll still be here for you when you feel strong enough to ‘ride again.’ Take care.

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  10. Hi Jill, I am happy to hear from you! But, as everyone else has been saying already, please take it slow, get enough rest … and try not to let your mind revolve around the bad things all day. This world is not perfect, far from it, but try to direct your eyes to the beautiful things too … your body can heal so much better when your mind is not racing around like mad. And although the days are getting shorter, the windy and wet season has begun (at least here in the Netherlands), there is still a lot of beauty around. Look a the colors of the leaves, especially against a blue sky (there ought to be a bit of that too, from time to time!), smell the air, feel the wind. Enjoy the love of your family … rest your mind, rest your body, there will be times to ride into battle again … but not today. – Lots of hugs&love from over the Atlantic!

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    • Good to hear from you also, Jeanie! I know you are right, and oddly I find that when I am this low, the bad things no longer matter quite as much to me. I’m trying to be thankful for what is good in my life, such as my girls taking such good care of me. Thanks for your well-wishes!

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  11. Off sick. Sure. I know that you and William Shatner really went off to space together. Read it on Blue QAnon. Must be true.

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to more posts from you. Few have the talent and skill to untangle the insanity and keep me from going GRRR in ever louder voices ever day.

    Hugs and cheers, M

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  12. What a lovely gift tucked amidst my overflowing inbox! Having spent the entire day decorating my abode for Halloween in preparation for a special weekend visitor left no time for checking emails. But now, back to the matter at hand. I am fairly certain that I have offered this at least once and most likely more than once, but a good quote bears repeating. “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” – David G. Allen. Pace yourself, listen to your body and it will comply in its own time…baby steps led to running in your early years of life and that took a bit of time too! WHAK!! Thank-YOU!

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  13. Welcome back. I’m so glad you’re well enough to start writing again. But please…listen to your body this time and… PACE yourself.
    I’ll be 69 next birthday, and yes, I’m feeling the creaks too, but that simply means we can’t do the Can Can any more. The Waltz is still fine though. Hums the first few bars from the Blue Danube…

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  15. Yay, I knew you hadn’t won the lottery and run away. I knew that spirit of yours wouldn’t let you stay away for too long. Take a very slow climb up the set of stairs we provided to leave the latest rabbit hole, and as soon as you reach the surface, fuel up with the snark and make ready to rip a new one in the cast of characters you’d hoped to leave behind. Remember though, just a little at the time still gets there in the end.
    Cwtch Mawr

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    • Nope, no lottery win, though with the cost of all the medication I’m on, I could use one! Thanks for the stairs … I’m not quite able to climb them yet, but I’m working on it. Looking forward to the day I am once again myself.
      Cwtch Mawr

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  16. Hello Jill. Take your time and only do as much as you feel able to do. You are important and loved. We miss your voice but know you will be back when you feel strong enough. Best wishes and lots of warm virtual hugs to both you and your family.

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  17. It is so awesome to hear from you Jill! Your voice is sorely missed. But first things first: Get well! That’s the most important thing of all. Keep hanging in there friend!

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