Patient Time

Minnie on the couch
Minnie on the couch

The chills move through me like waves
from the top of my head to the tips of my toes
then back again

My skin tingles with evil fairy dust
the aches in my neck and back accentuated
with each wave

I can’t get warm, but the thermometer reads 102.6

Can’t remember the last time I felt this way.

Just finished a book about artist Vanessa Bell,
Virginia Woolf’s sister,
Their brother died of Typhoid
Virginia’s husband, Leonard,  was healed of Typhoid
by staying in bed for three months
and only drinking fluids

I can’t help but think of this when
my body aches the way it does today

What’s it like to stay in bed for three months
and trust you’ll get better
just by resting and drinking

I can only believe that time was different back then
both quicker and slower
more patient.


9 thoughts on “Patient Time

  1. Hmmm! But Leonard didn’t say what kind of liquids he was drinking, did he, Maria…?!
    My husband flew transatlantic most of his career, sat in cockpits where other pilots were smoking like chimneys (now banned), was exposed constantly to aeroplane ‘air’…and he never gets sick. I can’t stand it. Seems you can almost count on getting something when you fly on planes and breathe in all the germs floating around these days. Hot ginger tea, homemade chicken soup (less salt) and staying warm. About all you can do. There is a bug going around where there is no temperature but lots of coughing, sneezing and tummy cramps, in around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and a friend in California reports similar symptoms. I think if every human being lived in a village/small town environment, which can be so nurturing to humans knowing everyone, we’d all be better off instead of the isolation one finds in big cities.
    SandyP in Canada

  2. Hi Maria…Hope you feel better very soon! Looks like you have Minnie to keep you company on the couch. What a flurry of creativity and work when you just arrived home with the tree hankies……how they stand in their own beauty……….And all that running around at Disney!…… A rest may be well needed, and theres no place like home to do it. Stay warm and cozy……….
    all the best.

  3. Oh dear!!!
    Take great care of yourself Maria. Looks as if Minnie wants to contribute her presence and warmth to the healing.
    My kitties do that and it makes a big difference.
    Love from Fran

  4. Hi Maria:
    I just finished reading “2nd Chance Dog” and feel like I know you a bit. Thanks for allowing Jon to share your story.

    I write, make art and sew, altho I’m not a fibre artist. But I could so relate to your fears about making art and am so glad that you managed to break thru them.your work is very appealing on many levels.

    I am sorry to read that you are unwell today. I was a mind body therapist for 35 years. My website is about my work regarding cancer. But the healing techniques I share work well on any illness.

    I hope you feel better soon. Please tell Jon I said thank you for writing the book.

    Peace and Blessings

  5. Feel better soon, Maria. Rest and drink, but hopefully not for 3 months. You have that dang flu that’s rampant this year. Thinking about you.

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