What I Did on my Summer Vacation, or Patient Zero Goes on Holiday

Quite recently, I took a holiday. My plan was (along with my Sister) to visit my Nana for her 95th birthday in Atlanta where much of my family lives.

My plan went somewhat…awry.

The flight in was bumpy, but we managed to see a few of the family (and some of the animals) before going to bed. On Friday, we got to see even more family and had a merry old time.

By Friday Night, I was taken to the ER. My kind sister, knowing me well as she does, offered to take a picture of me for the blog. So, here we have documentary evidence that I can get really sick and still remain a bit silly.

Please note that I am apparently too metal for the Emergency Room. I was brought in carrying a pink basin like the one you can see in the image (but I think that it had been traded out by then) and yet my sister still didn’t hit me for repeatedly saying “I Has a Bucket.” (Yes. I explained the whole LOLrus thing to my cousin, but then she already knew I was weird.)

Finally, I was taken home at about dawn and I ended up sleeping the entire rest of Saturday. Like, nearly 24 hours, waking up every time someone opened the door…’cause I’m just that light a sleeper. By the time I’d left, there were seven of us that had fallen ill.

Seven. Seven women, no less. Including my poor sister and my Nana. Don’t worry. Everyone was fine in the end (or so I hear) and the last two may not have even had the same thing. Still, I felt a bit like Patient Zero, even though I didn’t get sick until after I arrived. It sort of put paid to our vacation plans, though. It’s fun and all to call it the Vacation from Hell. I mean, if I was going to be ill, I could just as easily have stayed home. Worse yet, there is precedence for this. When I was quite young I brought the measles with me to Georgia. That was, in a word, bad.

But…I’ve had some time to think about the whole thing in the last week, and some things have occurred to me:

1) If I’m going to be quite that ill, the best place to do it is somewhere with a massive support network. (I have a lot of family, bless them.)
2) I am industrial strength. More so than I thought, even. My stomach muscles are amazing. …Though, Hello! they still hurt. Ow.
3) My Aunt is even more industrial strength than I am. I now aspire to be her.
4) I got to see my family and meet many of their animals.
5) The Georgia Aquarium has many places to sit. This helps if you are going to visit it right after being ill.
6) I still love Hee Haw and so does my uncle.
7) I took a bunch of pictures!

So, while the vacation was a bit of a nightmare, and not what I was looking forward too, it was still a vacation. My parents and siblings live two hours away from me, but I got to spend several days with them. I saw most of my cousins and their kids. All in all…not terrible. I guess I’ll just have to try again soon.

5 Responses to “What I Did on my Summer Vacation, or Patient Zero Goes on Holiday”

  1. Emma Says:

    Definitely not what you want out of a vacation! I’m glad you’re feeling better. :)

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    Ahh, horns. You’re a woman after my own heart.

    When you’re up to it, I need some help with some research, if you’d be interested…

  3. angel Says:

    Thanks, Emma.

    Did you say…research? You bet, Susan!

  4. Steph Says:

    I am in awe of you retaining your humor while being so ill. Glad to hear you recovered, and I hope the rest of your family did too!

  5. The Sister Says:

    Finally!! Someone who got my movie reference!! When asked if I had a good vacation, I have been responding with the question….”Have you seen the movie – Outbreak? It was like that…minus the monkey.” And finally..I just got the response I was seeking….which was…”oh, no. Really?!?” Like I didn’t have to say more as they knew it had been a disaster. Sigh. Hope your stomach is finally remembering food is good for you.

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