Without further ado- the Nail Aid contest winners are…





and Kisha.

Congrats! If you read this before you hear from me via e mail, drop me a line at bella@afrobella.com with your full name and mailing address, so we can try to get you your prize before Christmas. And don’t give up if you didn’t win this time, bellas — I’ve got at least two more giveaways in me before the holidays are over. So keep reading and keep entering. And notice – that Body Shop makeup giveaway is STILL OPEN! I’ll close the comments by Wednesday.

So now for that word to the wise I mentioned. Remember two weeks or so ago I discussed a nasty cold I’d come down with? I noticed that the horrible, hacking cough I had wasn’t going away. I was tackling it with over-the-counter meds, but there was no real progress. I was like, I can’t be THAT sick, I have too much work to do! My husband kept nagging me, “go to the doctor, go to the doctor,” but for a myriad of reasons, I didn’t manage to make an appointment (have you tried to make a doctor’s appointment in the height of holiday season? I swear, it’s damn near impossible).

It hit the fan at that wedding I attended on Friday night – in an effort to suppress a cough during the ceremony, I wound up erupting in a coughing fit that brought tears to my eyes and forced me to leave the room to pretty much hack my lungs out. I couldn’t deny it any longer – I needed medical attention. Well, turns out your girl has acute bronchitis. Ugh. I mentioned to the doctor that I am heading to Chicago at the end of this week, and he was aghast. “It’s good you caught this now before it develops into pneumonia,” he said. Yikes. I never made it to that holiday party I was so psyched about. =(
I’m now being treated with prescription meds, and actually on my way to recovery. So if you’re stubborn like me and tend to postpone doctor’s appointments, DON’T! Check yourself before you wreck yourself. I’ll be back later with a longer post, and like I said, keep your eyes peeled for giveaways this week! I might be a little down, but I’m far from out.

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andromeda9 says:
December 17, 2007, 10:24 am
hey chica: i'm glad you are now on your way to recovery. wow, sometimes it pays to listen to your man! strange, isn't it? take care of yourself!
bella says:
December 17, 2007, 10:28 am
LOL, andromeda9... now he's convinced he's right about everything. At first I thought he was just telling me to go see a doctor because I was keeping him up all night with my coughing. I was like, it'll pass, no worries... but yeah. These antibiotics feel like they're helping. I'm finally on the road to recovery. And I have him to thank.
Bebroma says:
December 17, 2007, 11:22 am
Make sure you take the WHOLE prescription of antibiotics, bella! No stopping when you feel better, no saving some for later. And get some much-needed rest.
Mrs. Mckinzie says:
December 17, 2007, 11:26 am
My sister Charae did the same thing and she got pneumonia from it.She is okay now but it seem to me that it is hard for the human body to fully recover from pneumonia.Remember that your husband is one of the few people who really see you every day so if you are getting worst he will see it before anyone else.Trust his judgment the next time because he loves you.
warrior11209 says:
December 17, 2007, 1:19 pm
Feel better soon!
Denise says:
December 17, 2007, 1:27 pm
Oh, I hope you feel better. Yours is definitely a cautionary tale as to why we can't always ignore the signs our bodies give us. Sorry you had to miss the holiday party, but at least you'll be able to go to Chicago! Happy Holidays and please do feel better.
Lauren says:
December 17, 2007, 2:04 pm
hey bella, sorry to hear ur under tha weather. hope ur feeling better!
SJay says:
December 17, 2007, 3:49 pm
Feel betta soon!
Shaneka says:
December 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
Feel better soon, if you are on antibiotics, don't forget to load up on yogurt!!! Drink plenty of fluids too.
thecla says:
December 17, 2007, 4:22 pm
wish you a quick recovery.merry christmas and God bless you.
Chelle says:
December 17, 2007, 6:56 pm
Bella, sorry you're not feeling well. But I am glad they caught it before it turned into pneumonia and before you stepped off a plane in chilly Chicago. The Windy City might have really put you under. I had pneumonia before when i lived near the arctic circle (Michigan). So I have to agree with Mrs. McKinzie comments above, a lot of times we get sick when we try to do too much despite warning signs. It's our bodies way of saying, "Forget you, I'm tired". I promised myself I would never work so hard in December that I would start the new year knocked out. No fun. So here's to settling in with lots of blankets, tissues, cough drops, soup and Lifetime movies. Don't even think about work, it will all be there when you get better. Feel better soon!
Jacquie says:
December 17, 2007, 10:31 pm
feel better soon bella! i'm from Chicago, bring your tall boots and a warm coat. its cold and snowy around these parts. enjoy your trip and holiday!! :)
Los Angelista says:
December 18, 2007, 8:53 am
I keep hearing about this cold that can kill this year. Sounds like you had it. Hope you feel better.
AppleDiva says:
December 18, 2007, 2:07 pm
Get well soon!!
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