My Most Important Asset

Real Estate Agent
If one needed be reminded what the most important thing in life is, I was given a reminder last Friday. 

It was a little before noon when I quickly became really ill.  It was as if my body gathered up every bit of moisture in my body and was urgently expelling it from nearly every orifice of my body!  I had always thought a bout with Montezuma’s Revenge during a trip to Puerto Vallarta in 2001 was about as sick as I’d ever been.  But, it couldn’t get a close second to what this was.

Had I not received my second dose of Pfizer vaccine on February 9th, I would have highly suspected this was Covid!  I didn’t have a headache or temperature!  But, many of the other symptoms, I did have, including dizziness and balance issues!  Anyway, late in the afternoon I called my daughter, Jill, and asked, “Do you know of any variant strains of Covid that Pfizer doesn’t protect against?”  We sorted out a few possibilities which this might be, and focused in on the possibility of food poisoning.  Although, I couldn’t think of how it could be.  I had nibbled on fresh grapes from the store, earlier that morning.  And, it is more difficult to totally disinfect grapes or berries before eating!

Anyway, Jill asked if I wanted her to come to my home and assist.  I was adamantly against it because we didn’t know the cause of my malady, and she hasn’t been Covid vaccinated!  She requested that I text her in an hour to give updates.  I rolled over in bed and dozed a bit.  Soon after, Jill texted, “I left a care package at your front door.  Do you have enough energy to get to the door?”  So, I shuffled to the door and found a couple bags with the pictured items inside.  They included just about everything one could think of for a person that was suffering my kind of distress.  There was Gatorade, Kleenex, Baby Wipes, “Poo-Pourri” (Vanilla Lavender scented spray), a Thermos mug filled with Hot Chamomile Tea, Crackers, Oatmeal, Hot Chocolate, Paper Towels, and a few Girl Scout Cookies!

Those two bags left quietly at my door, represent a reality that a strong loving and helpful family is the most important asset we have - No matter how independent we think we may be! 

I’m on the mend today.  I'm weak as a kitten, but no longer light-headed, dizzy of having any of those other explosive symptoms.  I hope all of you are having a great Sunday.  Stay safe!

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Myrl Jeffcoat ActiveRain Signature

Comments (29)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Perfect care package from a perfectly wonderful daughter. Get well quickly and completely. We are thinking about you!

Mar 14, 2021 08:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - being out of sorts is absolutely no fun - care packages and other signs of safe-keeping are reminders that one matters and can definitely make a difference.  

Mar 14, 2021 08:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... I am so sorry to hear how sick you were. Hopefully it ends up being a short-lived issue. And when you are sick there is nothing better than a reminder that there are people out there who care and will help when needed.

Mar 15, 2021 04:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are feeling better. See your doctor and take good care of yourself.

Mar 15, 2021 04:18 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I loving family is definitely a good thing to have.  I was happy to read that you are beginning to feel better and I hope you will continue to improve and be back to 100% before too long.

Mar 15, 2021 05:24 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
I have found that one of the challenges of living alone is deciding when to call for help and when not to. Everyone needs a go-to person. Your daughter was a sweetheart!  I am so sorry you had to go through that and hope you continue to feel better.

Mar 15, 2021 06:58 AM
Carol Williams

So glad to know you continue to feel better, Myrl

Mar 15, 2021 07:14 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

You've got that right, Carol!  I've lived on my own so long, that one of the hardest things for me to do is break independence when in need of aid. 

I feel considerably better today!

Mar 15, 2021 07:10 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Myrl. Sorry to hear you went through that. Glad you are feeling better.

Mar 15, 2021 08:32 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Unfortunately, what you probably had was a reaction to that second shot. I've been reading more about it lately. Some people get sick enough to land in the hospital. Health care people should warn everyone who gets that second shot - you might get really, really sick from it. According to the reports I've read, most people do recover within 72 hours.

Mar 15, 2021 12:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I had my second shot on February 9th, which was over a month prior to this horrible bout I had.  When, it was all sorted through, it seems that I likely had Listeria from eating either fresh grapes, or roast beef which I had purchased from the deli.  

Had this been closer to my being vaccinated however, I would have highly suspected the vaccine.

Mar 15, 2021 02:04 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We use to call those care packages and I have enjoyed and provided these for several years Myrl. Hope you are feeling much better 🙂

Mar 15, 2021 09:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Myrl. Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Mar 16, 2021 07:53 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm sorry you felt so sick.  I remember being that ill once in my life.  Food poisoning was the culprit and I landed in the ER on New Year's Eve.  It was awful.

Mar 17, 2021 07:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think there's something to be in there self authentically in these circumstances, you're absolutely right on. :

Mar 20, 2021 08:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my gosh, Myrl. I'm late reading your post but, am happy to hear you are on the mend. I love your daughter's care package - how very thoughtful. Thankfully COVID doesn't have any GI issues - I don't think I could have handled them on top of the respiratory symptoms!


I LOVE your kitty photo - they are absolutely gorgeous. I know what amazing company our felines are. I'm thankful you have yours to keep you company. It's been a tough year for everyone but, ESPECIALLY those who live alone. You certainly didn't need Montezuma's Revenge on top of a year of COVID hibernation. UGH!

Mar 21, 2021 01:12 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl, what a blessing it is to have a loving, caring family member near-by. Respectfully, she listened. Really, really listened to you and did the next best thing. She selected, with loving care, a thoughtful care package. Whatever caused those symptoms was horrible. I'm glad you got through it but how frightening. Like a soldier going to battle, you fought it off alone with the support of your loving daughter. To think, if that had happened before any of us heard of COVID-19, you probably would have been rushed to the Hospital. My, how different life is today. Like a trooper, you soldiered through it and I'm proud to know you're still here on ActiveRain with us and your loving family. Please stay well and know, I'm not the only one who thinks the world of you. 

Mar 23, 2021 05:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Now that I've had my second vaccination for covid, I am lucky to say that I had no side effects whatsoever. I hope you are feeling much better and it was just a crazy side effect that you were experiencing Myrl...

Mar 25, 2021 07:37 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes I get into my  head

Mar 26, 2021 10:10 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, happy to hear you are on the mend and feeling much better.  Easy to imagine the scare of being sick while in the midst of Covid and variant strains even after receiving our vaccinations.  Your daughter, Jill, sounds like a special angel -- how very thoughtful and loving of her.  Many, many years ago I ordered Polish Beef Pierogies at a local restaurant in town.  I never have been that sick and weak in my life... 

Apr 07, 2021 10:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl, wow, that sounds terrible what you had to endure, and reading your comments, remembering to clean the fruit very well before eating.  Your daughter is very thoughtful, and your kitties are adorable.

Apr 12, 2021 09:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:


So sorry you had to endure all that misery. What a wonderful and thoughtful care package from your daughter. It certainly sent just the right message!



Apr 17, 2021 11:42 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are so many things I can be important assets in that way. Great post

Nov 08, 2021 11:12 PM