Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.


The illness

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What we long feared has finally occurred. Seasonal sickness has hit Carroll County News, and weíve all been afflicted in some way. I spent the past weekend holed up at home with Gideon and the kitties, half-watching TV and half-sleeping. Thatís actually how I prefer to spend most weekends, but not with a side of queasiness and moderate fever.

It was so bad I turned down the chance to have dinner with friends on Saturday night and couldnít attend a Super Bowl party on Sunday. Of course, Iím not the biggest football fan. I donít know how many points you get for a touchdown, much less who the Patriots are. It wasnít a huge loss, but I was looking forward to chowing down on ham and beans. Instead, I spent Sunday on the couch with my head propped up on 20 pillows hoping I wasnít doomed to live that way forever.

The work week has begun, and I am somehow the healthiest person on the editorial team. Thatís not to say I am back at 100 percent. My head is spinning a little and Iím fantasizing about my warm comforter and the delicious, bitter taste of TheraFlu. Oh, to sleep. Oh, to dream. But my coworkers are decidedly sicker than me, so here I am. Call me Superwoman; I can type up press releases with the best of them!

Growing up, I was obsessed with One Tree Hill. It was one of my favorite shows. I watched it until it ended, even though the quality took a major dip probably halfway through. I remember one scene in season one where Lucas tells Haley how it feels when youíre sick and you just wish you could be normal again. Youíd give anything to just be yourself, and nothing else. Regular life seems pretty appealing when you donít get to live it for a while.

Iím finding that particularly true this week. Thereís so much we take for granted in daily life, and our general health is probably at the top of that list. Iím sure I spend too much time wishing I had more money, better vehicles and a bigger home. Itís always wanting more things. I donít stop to think how lucky I am to be healthy and able to function in the world. I love my work, and Iíd be lost if I didnít feel like I was contributing something to the world. None of that would be possible without good health.

I hope I can be more thankful for my health moving forward, but thereís a pretty good chance Iíll start feeling better and forget what itís like to be out of commission for days on end. What can I say? Iím human, and my memory isnít always great.

Over the next few days, Iíll be counting my lucky stars and hoping my coworkers heal up fast. To those of you who are dealing with seasonal sickness, I truly empathize with you. Hereís to good health, or at least the pursuit of it!

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Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com