The Blessing of Medication

Hi and Happy New Year’s Eve Eve.  It is amazing to think that only two days remain in 2014.  Where did the time go? I will write more about that tomorrow.

Today, I waGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAnted to write about the blessing of medication.  An odd topic but one that seems right for this time of year when so many people are sick.

Kirk and I went to the doctor on Saturday morning and found out that we have bronchitis.  The on-call doctor gave us prescriptions for two medications that we are still taking.  Both of us are feeling better but it is taking time.  I am just so thankful that there is something that can help us.

I am also thankful that Ian doesn’t have this.  I just hope and pray that he doesn’t get it.  Hopefully he won’t now that we are no longer contagious.  Fingers crossed. (This photo of him is from Halloween last year when he was dressed as a doctor.)

This isn’t the first time that I have had bronchitis.  I had it quite a bit when I was younger.  Thankfully it hasn’t been as common for a while for me.  That too is a blessing. My lungs are stronger than they used to be and that seems to help.

chemistryWe are now on our fourth day of medication and that is where the fun and gross stuff begins.  Lots of sneezing, coughing, etc. in the effort to try to get the infection out.  I won’t go into more detail than that, but suffice it to say, yuck! This is the point in the illness when we are getting worse before getting better.

One of our meds is an antibiotic.  I am thankful that there now are antibiotics to help fight crud like this.  So glad they were invented.  Many years ago, people didn’t have the luxury of such a medication to kill the virus and help get them better.

I am a fan of Downton Abbey, which takes place at the beginning of the 1900s.  It is amazing to see the differences between then and now in medicine and medical treatments.  So much has changed for the better.  I am so very thankful to live today.

Still, many people develop illnesses and have major health problems.  My prayers are with them and their families for healing and the right treatment to cure the problem.  Leukemia, the flu, colds, cancer, severe allergies, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, MS, brain injuries, broken limbs, and many other issues are some of the health issues that loved ones are dealing with.

My thoughts, prayers, and support go out to them.  Lord, please stretch out your healing hand upon these loved ones and help them be well again.  Please give them the strength to fight what ails them.  And please provide comfort to their families as well.   Amen.

We try to eat a healthy diet, take vitamins and supplements, exercise, and get enough rest.  However, sometimes, that isn’t enough and extra help is needed.  So, I am truly thankful that such things are available when needed.  Along with the medication, rest, plenty of fluids, and time often cures what ails us.  I just hope that we all have the time that we need to get better.

May you have a blessed and healthy end of the year!

Aaaaa-chooooo!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAsneezeTis the season for sneezes, runny noses, and pollen.  Lots of pollen.

Pollen has been super high in our community for the past two weeks and we are suffering because of it.  We all have the crud and it isn’t fun.

This lovely Dogwood and other trees have been the culprits for the last week.  As pretty as they are, I can’t be outside with them very much.  I may have to get out a mask to wear when I go out.

This pollen of course makes it difficult in walking to and from school.  This morning, Ian said, “Mommy, we need to walk more to school.”  I told him, “Ian, I am not feeling very well today so we can’t walk today. Perhaps another time.”

“Okay Mommy,” he said reluctantly. He seemed to understand as he too has been suffering this year from the pollen.  With recess most days at school, he is outside quite a bit.

It is so frustrating that the beauty of spring always gets to me.  Darn that pollen!  Aaaaa-choooo!

On this day with congestion and other issues, I am thankful for:

  • Antihistamines and decongestants
  • Hot tea
  • Antibiotics when needed
  • Soup for lunch
  • Air conditioning and windows that close
  • A comfy pillow for an afternoon nap
  • Kleenex
  • Cough drops
  • A hot shower
  • Hugs from my husband and son
  • A good book to read
  • Time to recover
  • Water and juice

I wonder how much longer the pollen will be at high levels.  I hope it’s not much longer.  Rain is expected soon so hopefully that will help some.