Absence, explained…

Pneumonia. Hack. Hack.

Seems I picked up pneumonia on the airplane, or in the airports, or whatever.

No wonder I can’t collect my thoughts, or stop coughing.

Will be taking it easy for the weekend, and writing little-to-nothing. I am very, very grateful to Max for keeping the show going!

Take it away, Max!

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Max Lindenman

    Not to be too forward or anything, but you have got a great spinal column. The lungs — meh. But as a two-pack-a-day Pall Mall man, who am I to judge?

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    Heh. I stole that off the internet. My doctor wasn’t forthcoming with my own film. It is astonishing, though, how quickly the digital age can get things done. Thanks, Max.

  • Adrienne

    Get better!!

    I feel your pain! It seems that every time I fly I end up catching something. While on board the plane, I always am trying to see how long I can hold my breath…

    Hang in there! A hot toddy with some honey and lemon will do wonders for that cough…

  • jkm

    Like son, like mother. Feel better. And remember that etymologically you are suffering from an inflammation by the Spirit, which is sort of an opportunistic infection for visitors to Rome. :-)

  • zmama

    Take care of yourself Anchoress. I caught pneumonia years ago when I was on a trip to Medjugorje. As my doctor told my then 25 year old self-it takes a long time to fully get over pneumonia. Prayers being offered for you and your son both.

  • http://nodaisies.blogspot.com/ Full Spectrum Mom

    Oh! Get better soon! So sorry-how that pneumonia does hurt! Praying for you.

  • Mickey

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Joe C

    Praying for you Elizabeth. zmama is right, it takes a long time to fully recover.

  • http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/ terryn

    Rest and get well soon.

  • http://www.patheos.com/About-Patheos/Pat-Gohn.html Pat Gohn

    Yowsers! Will pray for you! Rest, recover, and have a happy Mothers Day! Start early. You deserve the pampering!

  • Terrye

    Oh my. There really is something about airports. They are great places to pick up a disease. I hope you get better soon.

  • Chris K

    Hope you get better very soon! Thanks for being such a good Christian soldier. Sorry it resulted in your illness.

  • Kathleen

    what a photo! all I could think of was Clavdia Chauchat. I am sorry you have been so ill. But it will give you time to reflect and process the wonderful experience you had in Rome. Glad you are on the mend. And Happy Mothers Day!

  • http://www.seasonsofgrace.net Kathy Schiffer

    Well, I’m sorry to hear it, but glad to know what’s goin’ on.

    I had pneumonia some years ago. I don’t know how my case compared to yours, but I was out of work for a long time! I remember sleeping– sleeping 10 hours a day, so deeply that I might have just slipped into eternity. I know that’s not a good thing, but I’ve never enjoyed such a dark and restful sleep.

    Prayers for your speedy recovery. God bless!

  • http://breadhere.blogspot.com/ Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Prayers for you – having had pneumonia, I can tell you that I feel for you. I am not sorry to keep reading Max, but I do miss you. Just because I bug you doesn’t mean I don’t love you!

    Feel better!

  • Mandy P.

    Just sent up some prayers for you. Get well soon!

  • http://thewinedarksea.com/weblog.php MelanieB

    Yikes. I had pneumonia when I was in college. No fun at all. And it took forever to recover from it when I was 20. I can’t imagine how much harder when you’re older. Prayers for a swift recovery.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Goodness. Travel is such a hardship to the body. I don’t know how some do it every week. Prayers sent out for you. Get plenty of rest. Pneumonia is serious stuff. Happy Mother’s day too.

  • Mutnodjmet

    Anchoress: This makes me wonder if you picked up the same bug as your son, with traveling rendering your immune system weaker. Prayers are forthcoming — we need you in top form as soon as possible. :)

  • Greta

    Picked up the same type thing on flight back from London a few months ago and it is still lingering.

    Remember that Blessed JPII is in need of the second miracle..

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    The thought just occurred to me. Was that your x-ray going through the airport in Rome from one of those new machines? Boy they really check for weapons in all body cavities now. :p

  • Paula R. Robinson, M.D.

    Get well soon. I hope pneumonia sufferers will remember to ask their doctors about the data showing that Vitamin D deficiency contributes to the morbidity and mortality of pneumonia, and that administration of Vitamin D in such patients has the potential to shorten time to recovery and reduce the risk of recurrence.


    Yah don’t git pneumonia in Rome –it’s the breathing of St.Peters bones dust left around from the days of 1575 renovation – any way get better and take good care of yourself — God Bless