Thursday, December 31, 2009
Less eating this holiday
For once, I believe I actually lost weight during Christmas.
That’s because I ate very, very little.
A few days prior to the holiday, the chills started. I managed to do my part in getting the December 24 newspaper to press.
I thought and hoped it would be one of my typical sicknesses – about 24 hours and gone.
Then Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I stayed away from work due to not feeling well. In fact, I stayed in bed about 99 percent of the day.
I thought about going to the doctor.
I didn’t, but I should have.
The sickness continued into Christmas Eve, actually getting a bit worse that afternoon, and beyond.
Cold? Maybe. Flu? Most likely.
I skipped the flu shot – never had one in my life. Maybe I should have done that, too.
As one of my good friends told me, “You’re getting older. It’s going to take you longer to get over it.”
My diet for a few days consisted of Gatorade, chicken noodle soup, a couple of Mountain Dews and Dr. Peppers, water and such. I was constantly checking my temperature and Pam was making sure I stayed on some sort of over-the-counter medicine.
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it to Alabama for the extended Burleson family Christmas.
I ate a small breakfast Christmas morning – after we had opened our gifts.
Santa was once again good to the Burlesons – from books, to games, to clothes, and so on.
The most successful gift, as least it seems to be thus far, is the family’s first Wii. It was actually Erin’s gift, but she has definitely shared. I did not see much of Pam, Emma, Andy or Erin while I was trying to recover from this sickness. They’ve been downstairs playing various sports – like tennis, baseball, bowling and golf. I even sneaked in a little baseball myself.
Later Friday (Christmas Day) I did feel better and we loaded up the Expedition for our trip about two hours east to Hamilton, Ala.
I tried to do very little hugging and no-handshaking – just knuckles.
As is likely the case throughout the state of Alabama this holiday season, Crimson Tide gifts were plentiful during our Christmas get-together.
Plus, there were Southern Miss (where Emma is a freshman in college) and Pepperdine (where Andy would like to go to college if he could get a full ride) items wrapped under the tree also.
For the first time since Monday of that week, I actually ate a meal. But I could not eat as much as I normally would at such a holiday gathering – which probably isn’t all bad.
We drove back home late that night, and I remained in the recovery mode through the weekend – spending a lot of time under a blanket and watching as much football as possible.
Today (Monday) is the first day I’ve actually felt that I’m getting my strength back.
I’ve been asked several times – “How was your Christmas?”
It was good.
Sure, I could have felt better. But I didn’t stuff myself, and I got to spend the bulk of it at home with my wife and three children.
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