40 So Far: The Flu and Pancake Boobs!

I had a few pre-40 birthday celebrations and they were fabulous!

A trip to Vegas with my honey, a limo ride wine tasting with friends, dinner and dancing until the wee hours....

THEN the flu hit me. 

I thought I was sore and tired from dancing and the wine.

Nope, fever set in and the aches continued.

Then the fever went away and came back for days...through my actual birthday last Wednesday.

That night my mom had planned a dinner out. 

I had a 101 fever.

Originally she planned a surprise party then told me about it because she was cancelling it.  This because I had planned my own event the weekend before.

Nonetheless, it was going to be the five of us and my parents.

I nearly called to cancel at the last minute and begged my hubby and DQ to tell me if there was any last minute surprises I should expect.

No and nope were the answers.

I barely did my hair, dressed shabbily and headed out the door.  I was cold and tired and I'm sure the bags under my eyes could contain my wardrobe.

We walk into the restaurant and are led to the "side room" where larger than 7 people events are held. 

I KNEW it, and I looked and felt like crap, and the doors opened to SURPRISE and photo flashes that immediately made my head throb.

Oh the sweetness though of the thought and preparation that my mom and my oldest put into a Hawaii-themed (LOVE) surprise party for me!!

Friends and family hugged though I warned them of my plague.

The night was fun, the food fab, the friends and family the best.

By the end of the night I was feeling better and I passed out when I got home. 

It wasn't until Friday where the fever was all gone, and I felt semi-human again.

Now for Monday...

My first mammogram ever and I'm terrified.

Not of the procedure, but of the wait for the results.

My aunt (mom's sister) passed from breast cancer at age 39 back in 1966. 

This growing old thing...tiring and scary.

Sometimes I want to be 20 again.

23 supporters in group:

  1. Multi-tasking Mom and Wife said...

    I've had quite a few mammograms - they're no biggie - take a deep breath :-)

  2. Tami Vollenweider said...

    Al least you had a great Birthday party,even though you felt like crap!I know having the mammogram wasn't to much fun,but it's over before you know it and it's worth it!

    tamilynn59@yahoo.com

  3. VickeC said...

    Im a retired nurse,an having a mammogram is not the worse thing you have ever done,going to the Dentist to me is far worse,,espically with Breast Ca in your family,im surprized you werent advised to get one earlier than this

  4. Elisabeth said...

    Happy (belated) Birthday! Sorry you had the flu though. :(

  5. Lindsey Alves said...

    Ugh - you poor thing. Happy be-lated birthday!

  6. Lindsey Alves said...

    You poor thing.... Hope your birthday was a good one - even if you weren't feeling well!

  7. Jennifer said...

    How funny- I just found this after posting about my mammogram on my Facebook page this morning. I turned 40 in January and started the gamut of all the checkups ( I rarely even went to the dr in my 30's but thought I should have a physical and didn't know the dr would freak out at my oldness and order all kinds of tests). So- this morning was my mammogram- I won't lie, it was pretty uncomfortable, but just about the time you think you want to punch the technician, the machine releases and you are done. I also find your pancake reference hilarious, because we are now living in the UK (military)and today is "Shrove Tuesday" or "Pancake Day" here. I commented on my Facebook page that the irony of having my breasts smashed as flat as pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was not lost on me! Welcome to 40!

  8. Tina Kohrman said...

    I am glad that you still had a wonderful birthday even though you were so sick. It is so nice to have loved ones care about you so much to throw you a surprise b'day party. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful day!!!

  9. Mary said...

    I am so sorry you were sick on your birthday, but I am glad you went for your mammogram since you have a history of cancer in your family. Be sure to go every year.

  10. won said...

    I hope you have gotten your results back and they're favorable.

    I also hope you are feeling much better now. Sounds like a grueling week!

  11. Angie Church said...

    so with you sometimes would like to be 20 again as well

  12. Barb said...

    I hope that your mammogram was okay! I've been getting them for 16 years now, since I was 34---my mother had breast cancer. Flu is definitely not the way to ring in your 40th birthday!

  13. Julie Wood said...

    I am so sorry to hear about getting the flu on your birthday! That is so nice about your family having this get together for you, but how terrible to be so sick for it. I hope that you are feeling better now! Happy Birthday!

  14. Joanne said...

    Sucks to be sick on your birthday!! I hope you're feeling better!!! I just celebrated a birthday also!!

  15. Amy Orvin said...

    I hate the flu! It always happens when you have something to celebrate or plan on having some kind of fun.

  16. slehan said...

    I tell my girl friends that I'm going to have my boobs smooshed. I think this year Kaiser has a new machine that doesn't smoosh as much. Ah, to be 40 again, or 50 again, or 60 again. Happy Birthday!

  17. Rhonda Martin said...

    Happy 40th ~! Glad you had some previous celebrations before you got sick so at least you have some fun fabulous 40 memories. As far as the mammogram I like you think it's not having it done that's so horrible it's the waiting for results. I felt the same way.

  18. Deanna Watson said...

    awww....sometimes I think getting older sucks too. Guess we just have to stay positive
    xo

  19. Alpa Ash said...

    Oh i hope everything is alright now glad i read the post it was very nice and i feel so sorry!

  20. Tammy S said...

    Growing old stinks! I am not going to lie to you. All the test they come up with when you hit your 40's or 50's is amazing. A mammogram is no big deal. Wait until you get to have a colonoscopy. Good times!

  21. slehan said...

    From my vantage poing: 64 years old, a mammogram is a little thing.

  22. lil_lady_dz said...

    gathering around family and friends always helps when you go through things. And yes, I sure do wish I could be 18-20ish again.

  23. Anna Pry said...

    seems like me or someone in the family always gets sick on their bday, i try not to get expecations too high so i'm not disappointed

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