New Year’s Eve, Adventures in the Asian District, and Ziggy Tales

It’s New Year’s Eve!  Almost time to start putting away the Christmas decorations until next year.  I wish I didn’t have to say good-bye to my collection of nutcrackers though.  Today’s the last day of 2014 and all in all it’s been a pretty great year!  It was my last year of elementary school.  My family went on vacation to New Orleans and Disney World.  So awesome!  I started the dreaded middle school and it hasn’t been that bad.  I turned twelve.  I changed dance schools and I got a part in the ballet company’s production of The Nutcracker.  I am excited about 2015 and all the good things to come.

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Well, ever since we went to Epcot at Disney World this summer, I have been interested in Asian snacks, mostly Japanese snacks.  I asked for a lot of different Japanese candies that I saw on Amazon for Christmas and my sister, Ashley, bought me a bunch of it for my present.  Some of it was good, like the green tea Kit Kats.  They taste just like the green tea lattes that my mom gets from Starbucks.  Yum!  Some of it was meh.  But, it just made me want to try more of it. Have you ever had dried seaweed or shrimp crackers?  What about dried squid?  So, ever since last week, I’ve been begging my parents to take me to a couple of grocery stores in the Asian District of the city where we live.  Today, my mom worked half a day and when she got home, my mom and dad took my brother and me to get some candy.  We didn’t spend very much money at all, but we got a lot of stuff, and I found more Kit Kats. I also realized that I could read the ingredient and nutrition labels because they are in English!

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Finally, I wanted to tell you about Ziggy.  He’s been quite a good dog since I’ve been sick.  He’s even taken to sleeping at the foot of my bed.  I think he was being extra nice to me because he knew I had the flu.  Well, the other morning when I was still out of it from being sick, I went to feed him his breakfast.  He eats Cesar dog food.  I took it out of the can, plopped it in his bowl, and went back to bed.  Pretty soon, I heard dad calling me.  He sounded mad.  Oops!  I forgot to break up Ziggy’s food.  So, he picked up the entire square shaped, wet dog food, put it in his mouth like a sandwich, and proceeded to take it over to the carpet to chew pieces off of it.  Dad was mad about the dog food grease that Ziggy got on the carpet.  So there goes another one of Ziggy’s Tales.  The moral of the story is:  remember to break up the dog’s food or he’ll think it’s a burrito and carry it away from his bowl.

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Happy New Year everybody!

The Flu Ain’t No Joke!!!!

So, the Monday before Christmas was the last Nutcracker performance and I was in it.  It seemed like almost immediately the next morning I started to feel bad.  When my mom got home from work on Tuesday, I was lying on the couch and I told her I was sick.  It was just the usual stuff……runny nose, a little coughing.  I took some medicine, rested, and did all the things you usually do when you have a cold.  My grandma made me some hot herbal tea with lemon.  My mom made homemade chicken noodle soup.  I still wasn’t feeling well on Wednesday, but it was Christmas Eve.  That night, my mom and dad, my brother, my sister, and I piled into the car with our white hot chocolate from Starbucks and we went to look at Christmas lights.  We even took Ziggy with us.  My sister had gotten over a bad cold the week before.  My dad had also been fighting a cold for a few days and he never gets sick.  During the trip, my brother started coughing.  Then my mom said that she felt her throat getting sore.  I was already sick and didn’t feel that great.  My mom even made my dad stop by Walgreen’s to get some Zicam for her.  We got home, got ready for Christmas, and went to bed.  My brother set his alarm clock for 3 a.m. and woke everybody up so we could open presents.  By that time, my mom was feeling pretty sick.  We opened presents and she went back to bed.  So did everybody else.  My mom was in and out of bed all day long.  So was I.  Then on Friday, I started to feel worse.  I was achy all over.  My mom said she was all achy too, especially her knees.  My dad and my brother were sick, but not as sick as we were.  We felt like Spongebob Squarepants when he was sick.  I think we looked like him too.  See.

Sponge bob By the time Saturday rolled around, we were still sick and then my mom goes all a sudden, “I have the flu!!!  My knees are killing me!!!”  For me, it was my back.  Finally, we got out of bed and got showered and dressed, which took every bit of strength that we had and we went to the Urgent Care Clinic.  We were there for 2 ½ hours, along with what seemed to be the rest of the city.  They tested us both for the flu and guess what?  Both tests came back positive.  And then when the doctor listened to my breathing, he heard something and ordered a chest x-ray.  They said that they saw a shadow on my lungs and so they prescribed me antibiotics for pneumonia.  The flu!?!  Pneumonia!?!  I’d never had the flu before, neither had my mom.  We were sick as two dogs.  I tell you what, the flu ain’t no joke!!!

It wasn’t so much the runny nose, sneezing, and coughing as it was the fever, chills, extreme fatigue, and the achiness.  I never want to get the flu again.  And to think that we got our flu shots this year.  We get our flu shots every year, but apparently that doesn’t always matter.  From what I read online, this year’s flu vaccine only covers you for the most prevalent strains of last year’s flu.  Now, what kind of sense does that make?  So, apparently we got this year’s most prevalent strain of the flu.  Sigh……….  And the flu is just getting started.  Flu season runs from October through April.  It’s just December and the flu is sweeping the country.  I even read a story that said that the flu is especially bad so early in the year in the very state that I live in.  Double sigh………

To prevent the spread of the flu, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, cover your nose when you sneeze and your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you are sick.  Believe me; you don’t want what I just had!  Be well.