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Home! It really is a great word. It’s the place we long for, and always seek to be in the end. When we get sick, there is no place like home.
This last week I had the opportunity to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s a bit of a trip and not one of the cheapest convention sites, but I have a daughter there so this year I went.
I arrived Thursday evening, Em met me at the airport, and we went off to eat. I got settled into my room and tried to sleep. Now my plane landed at what for me would have been 9:30 p.m. so I should have been tired, but the “not home” bed and the noise of a city that is very late to quiet down kept me from getting a good nights sleep. I took a morning walk, and before having lunch got some cough drops for a bit of a sore throat.
The next nights were not much better. Yes, I went to all of my meetings, I had a good time meeting and getting to know new people, but my body was in rebellion. I never did get a good nights sleep the whole time I was there, and the cough got worse. I don’t think I ever slept for over 4 hours straight the whole time I was there. Although food smells good, I can only eat a small amount and every restaurant portion is HUGH, each day I’m eating less. I’m starting to run a low grade fever. A trip to the drug store for some stronger cough, cold medicine didn’t help much. Here I am in paradise and I getting sicker by the day.
Wednesday, the last day, I pack up, check out, and call Em to come take me to a doctor. This day that was to be my last chance to see the sights and I’m seeing a doctor! Prognosis, don’t know. Em took me to her place where I got some sleep. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch, ah, comfort food.
The flight out is late, 9:40 and I’ve been in bed by that time most nights. I try to sleep some when we are in the air, and must have, but I don’t remember it. Before we got to LA I had the chills so bad I got a jacket out of my bag, I was COLD. We had a two hour layover in LA and all I wanted to do was sleep. Got some food for breakfast, a bagel and a banana, I was full after the banana. The flight into MSP arrives just before noon. Beth picks me up at the airport. I was traveling light so no checked luggage. She takes me to her place where I have a light lunch and sleep.
Now, I’m home. I’m still not feeling the best, but a full nights sleep did help. After breakfast, I went to sleep again. I feel like I might make it. I spent some time outside, wrestled our new water heater into the house, and am taking some time to write.
It’s GOOD to be HOME!