Getting Sick & Getting Better

Getting Sick & Getting Better


I have always seemed to have some really bad luck when it comes to getting sick.  I seem to catch whatever I’m exposed to and when I do get sick, I usually end up with some sort of secondary infection beyond the common cold.

I’ve been that way my whole life.  My mom says my baby book has entries with ear infections every other month for the first several years of my life.

My sophomore year in high school I got pneumonia and mono and had to be homeschooled for two months until I got better.

For most of my adult life I’ve been able to keep it under control.  I’ve caught the colds early and tried to stay away from situations that could make me sick.  That all changed a year and a half ago.  I pushed through an illness and damaged my vocal chords pretty badly.  I’ve had trouble ever since.  Every virus I get immediately seems to completely kill my voice.  That’s a problem for someone who essentially talks for a living.

That’s what has kept me sitting here pretty sick for over a week now.  I caught something and lost my voice.  It’s been a very rough week and I had some bad complications with my throat, but I think (I hope) I’m over the worst.  The doctor says I’m definitely getting better.  I finally have enough energy to sit and type on the computer- yay for the blog! I’m getting my voice back and will hopefully get my energy back soon.  I’m ready to go back to my normal, crazy life.

I’m lucky my problems are not more significant.  There are people who I am close to who have serious life threatening illnesses.  I am not that bad off.  I have some issues, like everyone, but I’m grateful for my healthy heart, my strong legs and the people who care so much to worry about me while I’m sick.  I may not be able to say it too clearly right now… but I mean it from the bottom of my heart…. Thank you. Smile

AND, Something awesome happened this week while I was sick.  I got a guest blog posted on one of my favorite blogs “Espresso and Cream.”  I actually wrote this a couple weeks ago before I got sick, but it was posted Tuesday.  The author of this blog, Madison Mayberry, is all about bringing girls together without the focus of weight and body issues.  She has a series on Tuesday called “No Fat Talk Tuesday.”  Over time she morphed that into a series called “My 5 Things.”  She asks guest bloggers to write about five things that make them feel beautiful.  Check out my post on her blog—I think you will like it.  Here is the link the Espresso and Cream blog… and I’ve included my post below too.


WHO: Julie Wunder
WHAT: Meteorologist, Runner, Animal Advocate and New Blogger
BLOG: Running in a Skirt

Hello, E&C readers! My name is Julie, and I love smiles, the color pink, football and country music. I have been reading and enjoying Madison’s “My 5 Things” series on Espresso and Cream. It seems like life gets so crazy these days that sometimes we forget to step back and appreciate all the beautiful things in the world. I think it’s amazing she’s bringing girls together so we can all realize that beauty comes from so many places and we don’t have to be the same or look like a model to have beauty. I know I have so many things to be grateful for and I appreciate the opportunity to share a few things from my life that make me feel beautiful. Thanks, Madison!

1. My Wedding Day & Husband: I felt so beautiful and happy the day I married my husband. The picture sums up the joy of the day. He has made me feel beautiful, strong, smart and funny every day since then. I am so blessed and grateful to have him.

2. My Running Medals: Most of them are finisher medals, but a few of them are age group awards from small community races. I picked up running a few years ago as a hobby and have been blown away at how strong it makes me feel. I even just finished my first marathon! And isn’t strong the new beautiful? Check out my race recap of the Chicago Marathon where I picked up some awesome hardware.

3. Joe Blasco Cosmetics Concealer: I know beauty comes from the inside, but sometimes a little help on the outside can make you feel more like yourself. I wake up at 2:50 AM for my job in morning news and as much as I try to get enough sleep, sometimes it’s impossible. I also have haywire allergy problems. That’s a dangerous combo for bad dark under eye circles. I’ve tried almost every concealer product out there, and this one can wake up my tired eyes, making me feel as beautiful as someone who works a 9-5!

4. A Smile: I watched the musical “Annie” over and over again as a kid. Remember the song, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile?” Well, that idea stuck with me because I feel most put together and most beautiful when I top off my outfit with a big, bright smile. I believe your inner beauty can shine through a grin no matter what you are wearing or what you are doing – even if it’s something super silly like having fun on vacation in a simple dress with no makeup.

5. My Dogs: I have an odd pair of puppies (They will always be babies in my mind); an 11-year-old Dachshund, Rhett, and a 7-year-old Boxer, Reina. They love unconditionally with all their hearts. Nothing makes me feel as beautiful from the inside as the unrivaled adoration of Rhett and Reina.

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:35-04:00 November 1st, 2012|Friends & Family, Fun, Personal Updates/ Top Monthly Posts, Rhett|22 Comments


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  2. gary brown November 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    your blogs are very enjoyable and well written looking for ward to future blogs just signed up this week also a very good weather lady unfortunately i dont get wlos anymore anyway for you to post your weather reports GOD bless

  3. Jim Newby November 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I sure hate to hear you are having such a rough time. My wife and I sure miss your smiling face to start off out day. Jay is OK but sometimes it looks like he is directing traffic with the hand waving! Anyhow get yourself well and hurry back. Ad thanks for all you do for cancer. I am a 10 yr survivor of Lymphoma cancer and know how the efforts like yours helps the cause.

    Thanks again,
    Fran & Jim Newby

  4. Kevin Luther November 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Julie, a big immune system booster is wild, raw honey. Helps that it also soothes the vocal chords. A table spoon a day is usually enough to help, and if you add a little cinnamon, the effects are boosted.

  5. Jack Medlin November 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    You are so right about the smiles. One of my most popular “Thoughts”, (don’t know if you read any of my Fb postings) is “As raindrops into great rivers grow, so let your smile flood the day!” Jack’s Thoughts
    Prayed for your recovery, so see you back soon on WLOS.

  6. Pat Phillips November 13, 2012 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Get well soon!!!

  7. Kathy jones November 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Keep smiling and look up you will be blessed

  8. Sally November 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie! Hope you are better, and hope you don’t mind if I jump on the bandwagon about advice to help you feel better! Have you tried Emergen-Cee? The fizzy powder you dissolve in a little water? Do one a couple times a day till you are well, and keep a box on hand. First inkling of symptoms then have one and it might cure it!! It’s like an improved version of Air Born. It’s full of those anti-oxidants and other vitamins that help the immune system. I also keep a big bag of Vit. C drops in my car and have one every time I take off. I have been known to hand them out at work too:) (CVS has the bags of them in all these assorted citrus flavors!)Also try and get a few minutes of sun every day! Even if it’s just standing at a window in January:) You are just precious, and so glad you are happy:) I have the same problem you do, and after many years have found these work for me:)

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  10. Joyce Porter November 5, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Glad you’re doing better Julie. Hope to see you back soon. Do you still have your tonsils? If so maybe those need to come out. I agree with the vitamin comment. Your immune system needs all the help you can give it! Take care. Miss seeing you in the am!

  11. A.C. LACKEY November 5, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear you are sick again! Tried to ask Jay where you was, but he did not answer. Get well soon, enjoy all 3 of you in the morning.

  12. dwayne November 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    miss my weather lady, get well soon please, ill pray for today at church. GOD BLESS YOU .

  13. gracie November 2, 2012 at 12:28 am - Reply

    i meant your immune system was probably down from running chicago…… takes a toll (as you know!!!!)

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      I hope that’s not it! I got sick almost 3 weeks after the race. Turns out my nephew was sick the last day we were at Disney 🙁 I guess you never know though!

  14. gracie November 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    your immune system was probably down. glad you are starting to feel better. i experienced my first marathon in 2010 and got to run boston in april…… more for me!!!!! take good care.

  15. Jenny Patterson November 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Been wondering where you were! Miss your beautiful smile! Hope you will be all better real soon.

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I’m hoping to be back Monday!

  16. Wayne & Lynn November 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Get well soon, we miss you!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

  17. wanda coffey November 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Julie I hope you get better real soon. I know all too well about being sick. I have copd bronchitis, fibromyalgyia, asthma, sleep apnea. I am currently on oxygen and have to take a nebulizer with me wherever i go. I am sick all the time but I try to do the best I can. Take care and get better.

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      It sounds like you have a real tough time– Good luck. I hope you are having a good day. Thanks for your well wishes!

  18. Madeline St Onge November 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Hope you feel better really soon and can stay healthy Julie. Ask you doctor about vitamnin’s and maybe give them a try
    Love your 5 thing post too
    Feel better

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