Someone asked me yesterday why it was taking me so long to recovery. I don't think they were implying I was 'milking' it but the idea is there.
Basically what it boils down to is this, I'm not recovering from the MRSA or the massive dose of meds I took to know it out.
I'm recovering from several years worth of getting knocked down.
Look at it this way, people get the MRSA virus all the time. Under normal conditions a healthy person's immune system can fight it off.
Mine didn't. That's because it's weakened, or in medical terms 'compromised'.
And that is because for the last few years (several really) I've had a bad run of illnesses and injuries. I get a cold, it turns to bronchitis due to the fact I have sever pneumonia twice as a kid.
I'd take meds and get over the 'cold', and a few weeks later I would get hurt. Twisted ankle walking on the sidewalk, sprained knee climbing the stairs… you get the idea. So I'd have to deal with that. I'd recover and get sick again.
It has been going on like this for a while. So I'm drained. Wiped out. Exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally. To put it another way, I have no spoons left.
Oh, and during this time frame I ruptured two discs in my lower back and have gained a good amount of weight (hard to lose it if you can stay active for more than a week).
I've had more antibiotics and drugs in my system the last 5 years than in the previous 35 combined.
Both I and my body are done. So I'm not just recovering from MRSA and the treatment. It's everything. And it's taking a long, long time.
I take around 1000mg of ibuprofen on good days, vicodin on bad ones.
There are other things, like working fulltime (can't take the time off to recover quicker) taking care of my wife, the house, the yard, and trying to get my books finished.
All of it takes a toll. One that I have no choice but to pay.
Combine that with everything else I've talked about over the past couple weeks (ADD, learning disabilites, etc…) and the fact that I'm as close as I am to having the first book in the hands of beta readers is freaking amazing.
Which means you have no excuse ;)