“Bring Healing”

Hello to all! Happy belated Canada Day to my Canadian friends, and Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! I’m enjoying the extended holiday weekend, and I hope you are all doing the same!


On this July 4, I will be grateful not only for the opportunities afforded to me as an American citizen, but for a gradual return to good health after an extended period of illness. Since June 10, I’ve been battling severe bronchitis, likely the result of a virus that invaded my system in the waning days of the school year and then evolved into a bacterial infection. For many people, a bout of bronchitis is a temporary inconvenience, but for an asthma sufferer like me, it can be a significant threat to one’s health. My asthma has indeed been exacerbated during the last 3+ weeks, and the constant coughing and wheezing has been uncomfortable and, at times, downright scary! At one point, I was sure that I’d even fractured a rib from coughing–though fortunately, an x-ray showed it was merely bruised. After the first course of antibiotics, I tried returning to my normal activities, but unfortunately the bronchitis wasn’t through with me yet. It took another course of azithromycin (the “z-pack”), two courses of oral prednisone, countless puffs of albuterol, almost a full bottle of honey (nature’s cough syrup), and many more days of rest and recuperation before I started to feel as though I was finally on the mend. The hardest part for me has been having to take a hiatus from my exercise regimen while my lungs recover. I love to jog and lift weights and have been doing this several days a week throughout the last year, but was told by my doctor that exercise could be counterproductive (and even dangerous) right now. I hope to be able to return to these things soon–but I’ve learned my lesson that rushing things is not the answer in this case.

I created “Bring Healing” in my current journal recently as a way of dealing with the slow process of healing, and used magazine images, old book pages, patterned paper, cardstock, ephemera, pens, and my vintage typewriter. I found that making this page and working on other art projects has brought me great comfort as I’ve struggled with the feelings of sadness and frustration that often accompany illness.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy the fireworks and other festivities!




About Jenny Petricek

I am a mixed-media artist who loves collage, bookmaking, journaling, and memory art.
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2 Responses to “Bring Healing”

  1. I love all the elements you have brought to your journal page, and I love that you have a vintage typewriter! I enjoy using a typewriter on my journal pages, too, although mine is a new, vintage-style typewriter that my husband gave me for Christmas last year. Art is indeed healing. Hope you’re feeling back to full health soon!

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    • Thanks so much, Kristah! Fortunately, I am finally feeling well again–but it took more than 5 weeks to get to that point! Your typewriter sounds wonderful! Mine was manufactured in around 1910, and last year I realized it needed some restoration, so I did a web search and was pleased to find that one of the only service shops that worked on vintage typewriters in southern Wisconsin was in a town about 10 miles away from my house. They spent a few days cleaning it up and replacing the ribbon, and it’s working better than ever now! Nothing compares to the charm of typed journaling on a page! 🙂

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