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Bill Is Being A Trooper And The Life Lesson This Illness Taught Me

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I certainly don’t have to worry about my kids getting cabin fever while I am suffering through this bug. Bill has them gallivanting all around town. Here are a few pictures from their visit to Brooklyn while I slept most of the day away with 103 fever.

I’m heading back to the doctor today to run a test I really don’t want to go through. But… it is what it is. My fever has lightened up but other issues have started that are causing my doctor some concern.

I wanted to talk about a moment I felt yesterday while driving to the his office though. I’ve been out of commission since late Thursday night. Yes, I left the house on Saturday – but it was late and I couldn’t really see in the dark. Yesterday was the first moment I had a look at Spring. It was about 11am or so and while I was walking into my car I noticed the Cherry Blossoms bloomed on the tree right outside my house. Then I looked up and around and everything was just so beautiful. I took it in and then wondered if I would have even noticed any of it if I was feeling healthy.

Odds are I would have been walking and checking email or some other multi-task. But because I just wasn’t up to it all I could do was take in the beautiful day. I can’t remember the last time I let myself do such a thing.The grass was so green and the Oak Trees on my block just reach through the sky. What a sight.

So good must come out of bad right? Everything happens for a reason – at least that’s my motto. I believe this illness (one way or another) was a wake up call for me. I’m living – but I wasn’t aware of the simple things and those are the most important. Even while I was laying in bed listening to the kids get ready for bed, I couldn’t help but cry because how beautiful they sounded. They are so innocent and young and precious and… mine. Every other night I would get an extra hour in of work while Bill tended to them. Last night I just listened and it was the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard.

I might be really emotional right now – who knows?  But I am really going to try to stop taking life for granted. Spring has sprung. New life. New beginning. New me.

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  1. Hi Vera

    I read your post and it made me think of an illness I got a few years ago.
    It is called Mononucleosis : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infectious_mononucleosis
    I have NO IDEA how I caught it but still I did (no one else around me had it). It makes your blood tests come out absolutely crazy with highs or lows everywhere, it makes you have fever every day and basically flu like syndroms. I was lucky and “only” suffered for 2 months (slept 3/4 of the day, sore throat and fever on and off) and was really back on track after 3 good months. Apparently 3 months is the usual time for recovery. It isn’t a deadly thing at all, but it’s just REALLY long and there are no medecines to cure it, you just have to wait ’til it’s gone.
    Anyway I hope you tests will come out ok.
    Good luck!

  2. Oh V, I’m so sorry for what you have been going through. I think it’s safe to say that we all get caught up with blogging, work, etc and miss the little things. I know I do every day!

    At least you are putting a positive spin on this all and I’m so glad you are having a moment, appreciating things. I really hope the doc’s visit goes well and that it’s nothing and that you get better soon. Been totally thinking of you. Hang in there!

  3. Beautiful post. Isn’t it always the most difficult times in life that make us appreciate what is precious?

  4. mariagabrielab : April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Vera, I hope you feel better today. I love this post, it makes me think about things and people we take for granted… I hope your doctor will give you some medicine today. Good luck and write to us when you can. Take it slow and get better 🙂

  5. I can totally identify with you. You have my empathy….
    Hang in there, Cindi

  6. Vera – Hope everything is okay. I am so worried about you. And being sick is the biggest wake up call ever. It makes you appreciate how amazing it is to actually be healthy – and then like you said realize all the minute sweet moments that are life. My junior year in high school I literally almost died…. long story but reaction to aspirin, lost half my blood volume and had 2 blood transfusions. Luckily, they figured it out and I made it. But it was seriously a close call. And I felt it. Really felt it. From that point on, nothing in my life was the same. Every tiny thing took on new meaning. Pancakes, a spring day, the breeze, and even homework!

    Hang in there. Love, Col

  7. Oh Vera… (keeping you in my thoughts) I want to tell you I’m worried about you but that just sounds dreadful. You are a strong woman and you’ll get through all this. I’m glad you are enjoying spring. 🙂

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