Amy Rees Anderson

Sick? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

Welcome to cold and flu season  **sigh**  In all my excitement for winter holiday season I somehow failed to remember that its also cold and flu season…that was until Saturday night when a sinus cold hit both me and my husband like a ten ton truck and the two of us had to get Nyquil’d up in order to get to sleep Saturday night only to wake up late Sunday afternoon to find we’d slept our entire Sunday away sick in bed. Yes cold and flu season has officially begun at the Anderson household…

Being sick is going to make this week a rough one given that I am scheduled to be the speaker for three different events this week and I still need to prepare my talks for each of those events…YIKES! I suppose it would be wise to put the Nyquil aside and start working on them but my head weighs a million pounds and it feels like everything in my life has climbed up my nose and is having one big dance party in my head…normally I love a good dance party, but not this one… this one has me in my jammies curled up with my blankie longing for some chicken noodle soup with the little crackers that are shaped like a baby chicken… I’ll admit that being sick tends to make me digress to being a little kid that wants her mom, and normally my husband would attempt to fill in for my mom, but given that he is as sick as I am it looks like there will be no chicken noodle soup with cute little crackers for me…just me and my bottle of Nyquil…which could make for some really interesting talks being prepared for this week…oh, my…

I’m one of those people who normally doesn’t even think about my health until I get sick. But after feeling so lousy all night and all day today I’m realizing I need to do a better job of being grateful for all of the days when I’m feeling healthy and strong — I suppose it’s much like when we pick up our phone and we get a dial tone but we never really appreciate it until the one day the phone isn’t working. Then we find ourselves totally ticked off and suddenly we gain an appreciation for that dial tone. So today I’ve decided I’m going to try and do better to appreciate both the dial tone on my phone as well as my good health on the days I wake up feeling fabulous.

What I’m really trying to say to all of you who have survived hearing my sinus medicated message is this – appreciate the days you feel good and healthy.  Be grateful you can walk and talk and see and smell and run and dance. Don’t wait until you get sick to remember to be grateful……oh, yeah, and remember to celebrate dial tones too…

~Amy Rees Anderson


  • Jane says:

    If I lived by you, I would bring you chicken soup and those little crackers. I will pray for you and your husband to recover quickly and have all your energy and mental focus back this morning. I’m in a time zone a few hours ahead of you. Praying now.

  • Mustafa says:

    You are so very right Amy.So many times we take our good health for granted and its not until we become sick that we truly appreciate good health.We should be grateful for not only good health but also for all of the other bounties the Good Lord provides us without us asking for it.Gratefulness should be a daily routine like bathing.

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