Friday Fictioneers: Ebb & Flow

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.


Ebb & Flow

She wanted to have a picnic on the beach. Ugk. I hate sand. It gets everywhere and stays forever. It gets in shoes, socks, undisclosed locations. How does it infiltrate everything? Sand and food are a horrible combination. Kay smiled, and I melted.

We took off our shoes and frolicked. We drew pictures in the sand and laughed as the ocean washed them away. We wrote our names together. I didn’t mind the too literal sandwich or even the sand in those undisclosed locations.

That day, I wrote her name on my heart. She wrote my name in the sand.


For anybody who noticed or wondered why I haven’t been participating, I have been out with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction which in my case is most likely the result of allergies. It’s a fluid build-up in the sinuses that shoots the equilibrium to hell. I have mild allergies that present as mild sinus irritation when the weather changes. I drink some tea and ignore it. This fluid could have been accumulating for years.

Certain movement or triggers made me dizzy and queasy and ruined my day. Bending over or looking down too much, especially down and up repeatedly were bad. My computer was horrible. I couldn’t look at it for more than a few minutes at a time. Imagine all the writing I got done. Most days, I could do most normal things like work out, clean, and take care of the dogs. My phone didn’t bother be most of the time, but five minutes on the computer laid me out for the day. The last Friday Fictioneers I did, one month ago today, took me all day to do, and I had to take a nap in the middle. I’ve watched a lot of movies. I now realize why I never bothered to watch past Terminator 2. That’s where the series should have… Terminated.

I initially thought it was an ear infection. I flushed and rested and took some allergy medication. After two weeks, I went to the doctor who recommended stronger allergy medication for two weeks. I was also given “exercises” to do. I work out regularly, so it’s hard to consider lying in bed in different positions as exercise unless I count fighting the dogs for bed space. If that didn’t work, I was to take steroids for another week. Today’s my last day of steroids.

I’m going to try to reciprocate all comments, but I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to do. My apologies if it takes a while. This is by far the longest I’ve been on my computer in over a month, and I’ve had to take breaks. I’m trying to ease back in. Making it this far, I’ve been using my computer on and off for about two hours, is a huge victory. I’m going to go watch a movie. I’ll be back!


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  1. Oh, dear, that sounds awful. I do get vertigo and balance issues from the old brain injury so I can understand. Glad to see you back with us, though. Loved your story.

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    1. Oh yeah! An Oh and five sand-buckets. I will take that as a welcome back. Thank you, Rochelle.

      PS – I am feeling much, much better. That last dose must have packed its own sucker punch. It seemed to have knocked out all the lingering ailments.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It is wonderful to be back. I’ve never wanted to write so much as when I couldn’t. I have improved immensely even since this post.

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed my story. It’s good to know I could knock off the rust that quickly.

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    1. I read there is some science behind chicken noodle soup for sinus issues. It opens up the sinuses, which helps with healing. I think garlic is the same theory. I don’t know about much beyond the sinuses though. I am feeling much better. Thank you.

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