Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cough, cough, cough

I can't seem to get well... I've been sick for a month now, plagued with constant, harsh coughing fits that make me feel like my lungs are turning inside out. I have no energy. I don't sleep well. Been on antibiotics, which did take away the fever and lifted my energy level a little bit. But still the coughing continues.

So I went back to my Dr. again last week. After testing my lung power and listening to me breathe, she said I might have bronchial inflammation. She prescribed an inhaler, which so far hasn't helped at all. It does make me feel as though I consumed 17 consecutive shots of espresso... talk about the jitters. Yikes! Doesn't translate into productive energy, however.

Am I griping. You bet I am. Coughed through my OA meeting this morning. Talking always provokes a spell of coughing, as does even the slightest physical activity, reclining.

OK, stop with the gripes.

Speaking of OA, I've been working on a series of bead embroideries that represent intersections in my life. The one shown below, is about the intersection of me with my higher power.

bead embroidery by Robin Atkins, High Power, detail
Writing about it on my art blog, here, helped me to clarify my thoughts and beliefs about my higher power, especially about how it comes from outside of me rather than from within me.

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Gratitude for today: not coughing at the moment, eating fresh-organic lettuces from our garden for dinner every night, hot tea, getting back to reading and writing blogs.


  1. that is absolutely beautiful. and speaking of your cough....and the lingering.... have u read Louise Hays and looked up might find it interesting....Be well soon!

  2. Beautiful. And I love that it has come together for you, as you describe with words and with your art. Hope you can get rid of that cough soon. Be careful - coughing is one of the causes of umbilical hernias!

  3. I'm worried about your illness, its been hanging on so long. Stay in touch with your doctor. Please.
    xx, Carol

  4. I'm glad you posted , but sorry to hear you are still sick. There have been some nasty respiratory illnesses going around. Several of my patients have developed pneumonia just from a sinus / cough thing. High fever or Shortness of breath--get thee to a doctor. This is a time of slowing down and just being and healing. More chicken soup and lemon honey tea.

  5. Robyn
    I Love coughing as I am an asthmatic and i always relate it to my body getting rid of something it does not like in my environment (dust, cat fur, pollen, cold germs).
    be blessed for you have the energy to cough - I have been sick enough that the strain on coughing has hurt my whole body (esp when i was younger).
    I like your toughts on eating - I too cannot lose weight so am concentratring on the water and three meals with fruit and veges each day.
    Diane, NZ

  6. I'll bet it's that Pacific Northwest virus, which seems to just hang on and on and on. I found that rest and fluids and more rest helps. I don't know what inhaler you're on, but it sounds like no fun. Hope you'll feel better soon.

    That bead piece is exquisite! I love that the bunny in the middle is so nurturing. She's very sweet!


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