Back From the Dead & Ready for Some Fun!

I’m singing from the mountain tops…I am soooo much better! The big turning point was when I began taking an antibiotic my doctor called in. Prednisone helped the first day, but after 3-4 days of taking it, I was getting no better.

Using an inhaler did not help at all. Knowing now that what I actually needed was an antibiotic, I’m guessing when I used the inhaler it was just hitting a wall of infection inside my bronchial tubes or lungs, because it never helped at all. It never felt like it was even getting into my lungs.

So, what did help? I called the doctor last Thursday as she had instructed if I wasn’t getting any better, and she called in an antibiotic just as she had said she would. About 8 hours after taking the first pill, I noticed I was able to breathe a bit better. The stuff in my chest that had been making it so hard to breathe was backing off a bit. After the 2nd and 3rd antibiotic, I was practically jumping for joy because I could tell for sure I was getting better. What a relief! My breathing was so much better after the 3rd antibiotic!

I’ve taken 7 now and I am feeling a bazillion times better. In fact, I felt so much better yesterday, to celebrate I drove all the way into Atlanta to just walk around inside one of my favorite stores. It felt so, so good to get out of the house and to feel normal again! The sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day in Atlanta–the temps reached the 60s! It felt like spring had arrived and it was glorious!

And before you say it, I promise I won’t overdo. I still have stuff down in my chest, but it’s on the run now and I am winning at last! Antibiotics won’t cure Influenza A (which is what I caught in Germany) but it’s definitely fixing the severe breathing issue that I have been suffering with since I got the flu. We are so, so lucky to be living during a time when antibiotics are available!

There’s a lot of antibiotic shaming that goes on these days. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has told me the last two weeks that antibiotics do not help the flu. Yes, I know that…been hearing it for years and years. All I can tell you is that in my case, whatever was going on in my chest as a result of having had the flu, has DEFINITELY responded to taking an antibiotic. I don’t know where I would be right now if the doctor hadn’t said, “Call me if you’re not better by Thursday and I’ll call in an antibiotic.” I’m glad I listened to her because it has made a world of difference!

If you’ve been sick with the flu and you’re in some evil holding pattern not getting any better like I was, call or go back to your doctor and let them know.

Something Way More Fun!

Okay, now for something a whole lot more fun! Years ago I wrote a post that was a “winter survival list” of sorts. It was basically just a post sharing all the things that bring me great comfort during my least favorite season of the year, that being winter. When I wrote that post, I asked what your favorite winter survival gear included…what gave you comfort during those long winter months. One item that was mentioned several times in the comments was UGG boots. Surprisingly, I had never tried them. Afterwards, based on your recommendation, I purchased a couple of pairs and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. They are the warmest boots I’ve ever worn! They are truly amazing!

Each year, I have added a new pair to my wardrobe. I have four pairs now and wear them all the time during the winter! I have one pair that’s my outdoor, work type boots. The other three pair are for wearing out shopping, eating with friends, playing in the snow or just around the house.

The boot I ordered this year is the one below. I’ve been wearing it out to shop and around the house and love it! I caught it on sale and I noticed that it’s still on sale.

One caution on this boot…it’s the only UGG boot I’ve ever ordered that the sizing was off. I wear a 7 in most shoes and in all my other UGG boots, but I read the reviews and went a full size up for this boot. I’m glad I did because even the 8 is snug to get on. It’s fine once it’s on, but getting your foot through the bend in the shoe is very tight. I can’t wear thick socks with it like I usually do in the winter. Instead I wear thin socks and it works fine. You don’t need thick socks with UGG boots anyway, they are sooo incredibly warm!

So if you order this boot, go a full size up unless you have very thin, narrow feet. I have no idea why this one boot is sized so weird, but it’s so cute and comfortable on, it was worth the trouble to figure out the sizing. It’s available here: Lida Boot


Another boot I think is adorable is the Bailey with a cute flower embellishment. It comes in several colors and you’ll find it here: Bailey Petal.

Note: All the boots I’m sharing in this post are on sale and many come in several different colors. So if you don’t like the color I’m showing, check out the link for the other colors that each boot is available in.

Ugg Bailey


I love this one, too…all these boots I’m sharing are currently on sale. This one is available here: Milla UGG

Ugg Boot for Winter


Another one that I love that’s on my wish list is this one with the buckle embellishment. It’s available on sale here: UGG Boot


By the way, have you ever wondered where Ugg sources the leather and wool they use to make their boots. I did a little research a few years back and here’s what I learned:

Sheep farmers do not raise sheep just for their wool, they couldn’t afford to do that because only 10% of the income they make from sheep farming comes from selling the wool and leather. Sheep farmers raise sheep because people eat meat, and that’s where 90% of their profits come from.

So the leather and wool that’s used to make UGG boots and shoes is a bi-product of the meat industry, just as cow leather is a bi-product of the beef industry. If people ever quit eating meat, something I don’t see happening anytime soon, all the cattle farmers and sheep farmers will go out of business and we’ll all be wearing plastic, vinyl, fabric shoes and carrying plastic/fabric/vinyl handbags and wallets.

So, wear your UGG boots and enjoy them knowing that the leather with which they are made is just like cow leather: a bi-product of the meat industry that would be thrown out and wasted if UGG (and other companies) didn’t make boots, shoes, handbags, carseats, etc… with it. You can read more about UGG and where they source their leather/wool here: Where Does UGG Source Its Leather?

I love this adorable boot with the Pom Poms. It’s available here: Gita Boot


I love, love, love this one with the ribbon braided down the side. Sooo cute! I think I need this in my life! πŸ™‚ It’s available here: Braided Ribbon Boot. Update: A lot of the boots are selling out with this sale. This one is still available on sale here: UGG Ribbon Boot.


A few days ago I mentioned I’m really into the color pink right now. Maybe it’s spring fever but I can’t get enough of pink. This boot is definitely on my wish list. You’ll find it available on sale here: Rose Pink Boot with Bow Embellishment.


So many cute boots! This one is currently on sale…you’ll find it here: Bailey Boot


You’ll find all the boots that are currently on sale here: UGG Boot Sale. I know I’m going to pick up one more pair this year, the problem will be choosing which one because they have so many great styles! Argggh, hard to decide! Have you added any UGG boots to your cold-weather gear this year?

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  1. So glad you are feeling better! I usually travel with a z-pack (broad spectrum antibiotic), just in case. My husband is an MD, so he writes the script, and we keep some in the house too. I know that many people tend to reach for antibiotics at the first sign of a cold, etc, and that they are overused, but sometimes they are exactly what is needed. Don’t over do it; you don’t want a relapse!

    • I wish I had done that. When I first started traveling, I always called the doctor and asked for an antibiotic for “traveler’s diarrhea” in case I came down with it. I did that for 3-4 trips, then I just got out of the habit. I’m sure it would have helped if had that…at least things may not have progressed as far as they did. I’m not sure when the bronchitis started, but this flu seems to go straight for that area because I was coughing my guts out from the very start and that lasted for days. It goes straight for the lungs/bronchial area. It’s brutal! Don’t worry, I won’t. I just feel sooo good now…like a new person! lol

  2. Your case of the flu going into severe bronchitis is exactly what my adult son endured right before Christmas. Very high fever for days, aches, not hungry but forcing fluids, etc. You are right, antibiotics will not help the viral flu but when he went back to the doctor and the severe bronchitis was diagnosed, he was given an antibiotic and within 2 pills felt good enough to go crack to work for a half day and was breathing much easier. This flu bug going around is really debilitating and even worse when it goes into bronchitis. So glad you are feeling better.

    • It is the pits! Antibiotics definitely fixed my breathing issue. I hope I never get bronchitis again. Not being able to breath is a horrible thing to experience, zaps all your energy! Glad your son is doing so much better, Barbara!

  3. Oops. Go back to work

  4. Regality (aka The Quing) says

    I keep wondering if you were really over your Thanksgiving bug?

    Thank goodness whatever critter was inhabiting you is now on the run.

    • I realize this might sound bad, but these sicknesses are one of the reasons I avoid contact with other people as much as possible in the winter months. I make sure to never touch my face, wash my hands constantly, and never share food/meals. Children especially are incubators for viruses. Luckily my husband and I have not been sick in years…fingers crossed.

    • I think that was just a bad cold at Thanksgiving, but I do wonder if it weakened my immune system and made me extra vulnerable to catching the flu.

  5. Oh my gosh!!! Your description of the trip and being to sick to board the flight home is oh so scary..
    Stay well.

  6. So very glad you are feeling better!!!

  7. Ann E Friend Seigman says

    Susan, I am so glad that you are feeling better! My Z-pack did not do the job and I still have a lot of phlegm in my chest. I am thinking that I may need another antibiotic. But SO happy that you are feeling so much better!

    The Ugg boots are all so very cute! How could you make up your mind?! I don’t have any Ugg boots, but I might be tempted to order some! I do have the Teva boots that you informed us about. I love them. How do you care for yours? I want to keep them looking great.

    It was great to see your post today! Ann

    • Ann, the antibiotic I’m taking that is working so great is Doxycycline HYC 100 MCG, twice a day. It’s a miracle worker and has really knocked this stuff out!

      Are you asking how I take care of my Teva boots or my Uggs? I don’t do anything to the Teva boots. They are waterproof and I’ve gotten mud, dirt you name on them. I just use a suede brush and wash them off if they get dirty. It would probably be a good idea to spray them with some suede protectant. I actually purchased the Ugg suede protectant but haven’t gotten up the nerve to spray it on my boots. I think I’ll make myself do that this weekend. I really should protect those, I’ve just been worried the protectant would change the color of the boots.
      If you buy a pair of Ugg boots, I would consider buying the suede protectant that you spray on them before wearing them. Don’t be a chicken like me and actually use it! lol

      • sharon Bernstein says

        I am so glad you are feeling so much better. I agree antibiotics are needed at times and so happy you followed up with the DR.
        Just a thought about spraying the suede boots. Since your lungs are still recovering from bronchitis you should not spray any kind of chemical were there is a possibility that you could inhale it. Your lungs don’t need to be irritated anymore.

  8. You totally can get a secondary bacterial infection with a viral infection like the flu. Despite getting a flu shot I came down with the flu on December 11th after a trip to Florida and had a high fever for three days. It then developed into what felt like a severe head cold. Then I developed a massive sinus infection at the same time as the head cold. My doctor makes us wait 7-10 days before he will prescribe an antibiotic and has to be convinced its no longer a cold but a cold with a secondary bacterial infection. I felt ill for 3 1/2 weeks all through Christmas and New Year’s. It is in fact a bad year for the flu. Glad you are on the mend.

  9. I love my Ugg boots. I just bought the McKay and get so many compliments. Also, Susan have your tried the UGG Ansley slippers? I own several pair and I love them. They keep my feet so warm in the house. I’m so glad you are feeling better.

  10. In Southern California they are asking you not come in to the ER if you can avoid it. They are also diverting patients. The news is reporting that they are running out of IV bags because the bags/medical equipment are made in Puerto Rico. Because the severe hurricane they are unable to produce them. They are saying our flu here is h3n2 a subtype of A. I am staying out of the store because everyone there is coughing. πŸ™‚

    Glad you are better.

  11. Bazillion is good.

    Have the white Mongolian fur boots. Bear Claw instead of UGG.
    Taller and all white. I always pretend I’m in Gstaad or Aspen.

    • lol I felt the same way wearing mine the other day. I was wearing my favorite Orvis sweater…the one I was wearing on the plane, along with the burgundy jeggings from Talbots. I felt like a ski bunny. lol I need to google and see the Bear Claw ones! πŸ™‚

    • Kem, is it Bear Paw. I couldn’t find Bear Claw but Bear Paw.

      • It’s really Bearpaw, all one word, although search engines will usually account for the difference and give you the right results. I just bought several pairs of Bearpaw boots. Some of them are waterproofed right out of the box. The term to look for is NeverWet. It’s actually waterproofing by Rustoleum, so I bought some of that in spray form, too, from Amazon. Winters are usually very wet here, so I have to waterproof all of my suede shoes and boots, mittens, hats, etc. before I wear them.

  12. So very happy to hear you’re on the mend. Being sick is no fun, especially when it hangs on a long time. Glad you listened to your doctor!

    I bought my granddaughter a pair of Uggs for Christmas last year (well in 2016) and she loves them.

    Susan, I was wondering how you’re still liking your Peleton (sp?) Every time I see their commercial I think of you (LOL). Would you mind doing an update on yours if you have the time? If not, I would love maybe an email from you on your thoughts since you’ve had it a while. My email is [email protected]

    Thank you!

    • I still love it! My dil still loves her’s too. I haven’t been riding it since I’ve been sick…looking forward to getting back on it, though. I don’t the classes that much anymore, before I got sick, I would take scenic rides with the music turned down while listening to a book on Audible. I love all the scenic rides! I’m sure I’ll go back to taking classes again soon, but it’s just so relaxing to go on a scenic ride while listening to your favorite music or a book.

  13. Robin Lambert says

    You don’t really need to wear socks with your Uggs. Your feet won’t sweat, and the wool stays dry. And if your Uggs are a bit large, Amazon has several brands of sheepskin insoles, including Ugg. Mine are off-brand and are great.

    • Robin, I bet you’re right…since it’s wool, feet probably don’t sweat. I never really thought about that. Uggs are on sale right now for about half price, so probably close to the off brand pricing, I bet.

  14. Susan is BACK! So glad your health is being restored and good advice to check back with your doctor. I like the Bailey boot with the flower. I have sheep and must tell you they don’t have “fur” they have “wool” (did Ugg advertise as fur? There are types of sheep that do have “hair”). I will go back and check. I was soaring along with you while reading your post and enjoying your very liberating shopping day in the sunshine!

    • lol They probably call it wool, I’m just calllng it the wrong thing. I’ll change that in the post…thanks for mentioning that, Kathleen. That’s a very good point! πŸ™‚
      Thanks! I feel soooo good…I was starting to wonder if I would ever feel normal again! I want to kiss Madame Curie or whoever it was who first invented antibiotics!

      • Okay, just looked it up and it was Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist who got the ball rolling on antibiotics! Thank you Sir Alexander Fleming!

  15. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. I hope you had a chance to enjoy a small portion of your trip at least. We have been fortunate to enjoy the Christmas Markets in different European countries. They are definitely worth another visit.

    • Only the very first 5-6 days, then I was sick as a dog and in my room dying the rest of the trip. Worse. Trip. Ever! I’m never traveling outside the country during flu season again, but I would go back to Germany in the summer sometime.

  16. Yes, I heard the flu shot is only working 10% this year. They guessed wrong on which bugs the USA would get. Secondary infections ride in on viruses which offer bacteria the perfect conditions for this 2nd development. Once this sick, you may even need a second dose, so stay in touch with the doc’ after you’re done with this batch of doxy’. Yes, it’s good stuff. Don’t set yourself up for a relapse either. If this happens again (another time you’re sick), know that you may be predisposed to getting infections along with viruses, and be sure your regular doctor understands this. Develop a relationship with a family doctor so he trusts your views about your own body. This message is private for you; you can delete it off the postings. πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you are feeling better! Be sure to restock your gut with probiotic after the meds wear off. Kefir Milk is a good source at many grocery stores. This has been from my own experiences, I’m not a med’ person. Julie W.

    • Julie, if it’s okay…I will post it because this is great information! Thanks for the reminder about the probiotic…need to go take one right now.

  17. Becky Reavis says

    Glad you’re feeling better. I’ve just been through the same stuff. Also, I have the Lida boots and love them. I was lucky enough to find them a couple years ago at TJ Maxx for a really good price.

  18. Sandy K Park says

    Oh Susan, I’m so glad that you are feeling better.

    I love Ugg’s but last year discovered Sanuk’s. The ones I bought are wool, low cut and very warm and come in different patterns/textures. I really like them.

    Stay warm my friend.

  19. YESSSSSSSS!! We all react differently…doesn’t it make a difference to be able to breathe!! I’m just about there…one day better and then the next not…ugh!! Soon!! Shop for me, too!! πŸ™‚ franki

  20. Love all the boots…Uggs are very popular in Boulder. I have plenty, but these are so tempting! Glad you are better, so many people have been sick this year.

  21. Delores Clark says

    So glad you are better! A few years ago, my husband gave me a pair of Ugg boots and I have really enjoyed wearing them during this cold weather. I definitely think they look much better on a taller person ( I am 5’2″} I really enjoyed wearing them during the cold days recently.

  22. Love the first pair, Lida. It shouts Clydesdale to me:)

  23. I want some UGGs! I will wait until our King Charles puppy Prince Hairy is potty trained. I was holding him and heard something strange. I looked down and he had peed on my shoe.. But he is adorable.

  24. LindaSonia says

    Golly, you’re on a roll with those boots. lol. Sounds like you need 2 more feet! πŸ™‚

  25. I am so glad you are feeling better. This is a nasty flu. I have several friends that get hit with a second round so please take care.
    The Uggs are wonderful. I went to Europe in November of 1993. I went to a local shoe store to get a warm pair of shoes. The salesman showed me a pair of Uggs, I said does Ugg stand for ugly. The man told me that I would see these all over Europe, I did not see them anywhere. I got lots of comments on how ugly they were but I have to say I fell in love, it was like wearing a pair of slippers.I do not wear socks with them, that’s the way I was told to wear them they keep your feet so incredibly warm and comfortable I’m so grateful the man showed them to me so many years ago as they’ve been a staple in my closet for 25 years now

  26. Always enjoy your posts, Susan. Glad you’ve turned the corner, and are feeling better!

  27. donna a zoltanski says

    It is so nice to hear you are feeling better and out and about — shopping — retail therapy always makes me happy! Love your style/purchases — really cute styles. Enjoy warmer temps and your well-deserved energy returning.

  28. I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Susan! You’ve been through a LOT with this flu. I can’t imagine being that sick while traveling–it’s hard enough dealing with airports and baggage, etc., but being so sick along with all that must have been a nightmare! I hope your recovery continues to be speedy, and that you stay well!

    • It was terrible, Becky! You are so right…just a complete nightmare. There’s no way to really describe what it was like other than to just say imagine being so sick you can hardly stand up, but having to deal with missing luggage, crowds, delays, long walks across airports, etc… It was almost enough to make me never want to travel ever again. I don’t think I’ll travel the U.S. ever again during the winter. I don’t ever want to get that sick, so far away from home.

  29. Susan, what a relief to know that you are on the mend. Many of my friends have had flu type A. It’s not an easy illness to kick, and yes, it seems to create respiratory illness along with it. Glad you are feeling back to normal. Stay well!

  30. Dawne Marie says

    So happy you’re on the mend!
    Thank the Lord for antibiotics. My husband is in the hospital with Sepsis. Without antibiotics….fatality.
    Take it easy Susan. And keep posting the cute things! Love the boots. More cuteness needed:)

  31. Soooo glad you’re back! And shopping!!!

  32. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I suffer from chronic bronchitis and have found the application of a mustard plaster works wonders for clearing the chest. An old fashion remedy but effective.

  33. Mary Rogozinski says

    Glad you are over the hump on the flu. Sorry you did not get the help you needed abroad, bummer. As far as boot go, I wear flip flops all year long in AZ. But they are cute though.

  34. Love my UGGs, all of them. The Lida boot is my favorite and is about worn out it has been worn so much for several years.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the flu bug doesn’t bite. Take good care.

  35. So happy to hear you are feeling better. This has been a very bad winter of illness. We have had cold weather here but today was a warm 60 degrees. I missed it because I was working.

  36. Cyndi Raines says

    So glad you are on the mend! Thank the good Lord above for antibiotics! So many fighting this awful flu and then it seems to go to bronchitis. You had us all very concerned. All the boots are darling! Continue to get good rest Miss Suzie Q, drinking lots of water so you don’t suffer a relapse. Hubby and I are wearing surgical masks when out in public as a preventive. May look a little extreme, but I want us both to stay well. SO glad you are back in action! Hugs!

  37. So glad you are feeling better, Susan!!

  38. Dear Susan,
    I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. What a nightmare to be in another country, far from home with only your own resources, and so sick.
    Please tell what your favorite store is. I go to Atlanta from Savannah quite often since my daughters both live there, and I may get a chance to do some shopping!

  39. Michele (Finch Rest) says

    GREAT to learn you are on the mend, Susan – have had that nasty am-I-actually-going-to-die illness before – Whooping Cough – and whew. I coughed for a half year. It really messed up my singing voice, and poor hubs coughed so hard he broke some ribs = the lung illnesses are not to be trifled with, for sure. Glad you are better!

    As far as Uggs – I am a huge fan and have been wearing them for ions. I cannot even tell you how many pairs I’ve worn out. Our winters are much longer than yours so I probably wear them each year 3 times as much as anyone from the south. β™₯ I love those pink ones too.

    You know you are supposed to wear Uggs with NO socks? Just have clean feet – and if it wears out you can buy new wooly inserts for them. Funny, the wool just keeps it from even getting unpleasant like in a normal shoe. Not sure how that works, it just does.

    Have a fabulous day and a very happy new year. Take care and God bless.

  40. So happy to hear you are feeling much better today!!

    I may be the only one but I’m not a fan of the Uggs you have posted about however I do like their many other shoes and products.

  41. So glad you are feeling better. Prayers for you, friend.

  42. Wonderful news that you’re feeling better and finally getting out in the fresh air! These boots are adorable…I’ve had the Baileys for years because they work so well for my weird high instep. Never knew there was a petal version – love it! You always find the cutest things!

  43. Julie Huff says

    So glad you’re feeling better! I had the same thing happen, after 3 full weeks, I got an antibiotic and withing hours was feeling better.

    Love UGGS, I though the style would go out since my daughter and her generation were wearing them out more than 15 years ago! Noope.

  44. Marlene Stephenson says

    Glad you are feeling so good.

  45. Glad you are feeling so much better, Susan, and even had a chance to get out for a bit! I have never gotten over any case of bronchitis without an antibiotic. I have a compromised immune system anyway, and when I start getting a cough I beeline it for my doctor. Good to see it helped you! I love the boots! Especially the petal and braided. Sooo cute!

  46. Hey Susan! I’ll join the crowd and say I’m so glad you’re feeling better. Uggs! I’ve been wearing the same pair I bought about 30 years ago! They sure have come a long way and are so much cuter, but mine are just as warm as the day I bought them. Wonder why they don’t have a cuter name? Hugs (and Uggs), Pat at Bringing French Country HOme

  47. So glad that you’re feeling better. I’ve thought of you since you recommended the dried mealworms that some of my birds are enjoying. I’ve never worn socks with my Uggs and the Comfort and a Fit section of their website advises that their footwear is designed to be worn with bare feet.

  48. So glad you’re better. I had the same thing after Thanksgiving. Just kept getting worse and worse. My doctor told me that although a cold or the flu is caused by a virus, it can turn into a bacterial infection, which is what mine did. Antibiotics cleared it up!

  49. Bobbi Duncan says

    Susan, this is just the post I’ve been hoping to read–that you are feeling much better. Yay!!!!! But do take care not to overdo–just do good things for Susan right now. Hugs!

  50. I second wearing Uggs without socks. I just got my first pair this week and my sister told me this sweet little tip. They are so cozy inside, why not go barefoot! Glad you are feeling better!

  51. Betty McJunkins says

    Hope you were free from fever when you went shopping. The news people and doctors are begging people to stay home when they are sick to try to avoid spreading germs. Glad you are feeling better.

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