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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Fighting illness with rhymes

As I write this week’s column, I have a sinus and an ear infection. Feeling inspired, I even typed a short poem about it. It goes like this:

My ear throbbeth while I sobbeth. It hurts so bad and I’m so sad. Just wanna go home and be all alone.

Pure poetry, right? Seriously, it’s challenging to write interesting, worthwhile stories when you’re feeling badly. If you’re like me, you have to be in some serious pain before you cave and go to the doc-tor. After two days and restless nights, I finally went to see Lacey Jones at Good Samaritan Family Health Center and she confirmed what I already suspected.

It’s on sick days I wish I could go back to my childhood self. Do you ever wish that? Those luxurious days when I could lie in bed all day long being pitiful or recoup on the sofa watching TV as Grandma brought me food and medicine. I have a whole new appreciation for her.
Instead, I have to woman up and push through the pain as most adults do. (Quick shout-out to parents when sickness hits their house and you’re sick and still have to be the caregiver.) Being an adult often means pushing through even if you have to use your lunch break to go to the nearest walk-in clinic before heading back to work with your meds.

This is my first experience with an ear infection in adulthood. I wasn’t prone to them as a child so it took me a day to realize what was wrong with me. I don’t particularly enjoy taking antibiotics or the feeling of ear drops, but I’ll take anything that promises to ease the steady pulse of pain every 10 seconds in my right ear.

Speaking of childhood, to perk me up, Ross took me to see Disney’s new “Christopher Robin” movie. If you enjoyed watching Winnie the Pooh growing up, this movie is a must-see. In my opinion, it’s really aimed at grown-ups as the focus is on Christopher Robin in adulthood. It was so relatable, had important messages about priorities while also bringing back those charming stuffed characters we know and love.

Now, I love me some silly old Pooh Bear, but Eeyore is hands down my favorite character in the Hundred Acre Wood. Voiced by "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor Brad Garrett, his deep voice was perfectly suited to bring the gloomy donkey to life.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, and Ross’ go-to measurement of quality for movies, “Christopher Robin” scored 68 percent and the majority of audience members liked it with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.

I’m typically not a movie-goer, but I’m glad Ross talked me into seeing this one. So my advice for you this week would be go see “Christopher Robin” and if you’re feeling sinusy, go to the doctor before you feel worse.

Have a blessed week, everyone!

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.