Being sick is, in and of itself, bad enough. So, is being alone. But, if you combine both, you have sheer misery. Now, I know, from first hand experience, how being sick and alone can make one feel as if you are the last person on earth. Loneliness is one of the most overlooked aspects of being a senior citizen as I now am at age 63. I do have contact with a number of relatives and so forth. But, nothing quite prepares you for being both alone and sick at the same time. It's a feeling that you must experience in order to truly understand what it means. No, I don't think this is something you should endure to find out what it's like. I wouldn't wish loneliness, along with sickness, on anyone. As I stated in my article last week (Flu Virus 2015), the virus that is plaguing the entire nation has really swept across my home state of Alabama. It has, in particular, hit the northern part of the state really hard. My ex-wife lives there and she has this virus. She sounds incredibly weak and fragile.
I speak to my ex-wife quite often to see how she is doing. She was still recovering from a medical issue that had left her weak. This virus has really come at a bad time for her, if indeed, there is ever a good time for a virus to hit you. She is sick and alone. My ex-wife talked of how hard it is being alone all the time. I just let her talk about that. It didn't have to be this way. I kept that thought to myself, however. She is sick and this virus has taken a toll on her. Not long after my mother passed away, I got sick with a bad cold. It was the first time I could remember ever being sick and not having my mother to lean on for advice. Yes, like my ex-wife, I was alone, I was sick. It is a horrible feeling. If you know someone this winter who is sick, give them a call to let them know you are thinking of them. If they are both sick and alone, make doubly sure you contact them. You have no idea how much better it makes someone feel to know there is someone out there who cares.