Hi and Happy Tuesday. Can you believe that there are just 10 days until Christmas? I sure can’t. At this most busy time of year, there is no time to be sick. And, it is a bummer to be sick. Yet that is exactly what I am dealing with that today and have for the last few days.
On Friday of last week, I started feeling rough – sore throat, cough, and overly tired. Then Saturday morning, I went to see our on-call doctor. He diagnosed me with an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. ARG!
I spent the rest of the weekend resting — reading, lying on the couch, taking naps, extra sleep, drinking lots of hot tea, eating soup, watching movies and television, and not able to do anything that we had planned to do. And, I have been taking my medication which is helping.
Thankfully, Ian was able to find plenty to do on his own and was fine with being home and having time to himself. And, Kirk was also able to find things to do. All of us needed the extra time to rest and enjoyed it, as much as you can.
I don’t know about you but I have never liked being sick. I always want my mother, feel sad and sorry for myself, and am just not quite myself. I have to realize that when I am sick, I will feel bad and yucky, and realize I must give myself time to get better. That is hard when there is so much to do each and every day. A friend of mine pointed out that the priority for us is to get better. She too is sick and realizes that everything else can wait. Our health must come first.
So I am staying home, resting, and giving my body time to heal. That means more things canceled for today and getting more behind on my shopping. I have started but still have much to do. I like to make fudge and other things, but that will wait until I am better. At least I will still have time once I do get better. And, hopefully since so much is going around, people will understand.
Another thing to put into perspective is that this is a short-term illness in the grand scheme of things. I am so blessed not to have a chronic debilitating condition, surgery to heal from, or cancer treatment. I know many people – both family and friends — who are dealing with all of these things. They have so much each day to handle and navigate. I pray for them and do what I can to help them.
And, I don’t mean to whine. So I want to share some things I am thankful for:
- Being a stay-at-home mom who has time to get well
- A spouse who has helped me and always does
- A child who loves to be at home
- Good books to get lost in
- Naps on the couch
- Lovely music
- Listening to my mother sing at a Christmas party
- Enjoying family traditions with my parents
- Friends who help when I need them
- A good yearly checkup (before this latest issue)
- Medication that helps heal
- Hot tea and hot soup
- Extra long hugs and cuddles
- Prayers and support of loved ones
- That there are still 10 days until Christmas
- Advent and the wonder of Christmas
- The anticipation of visits with loved ones
If you are sick or dealing with an illness, a loss, or a scary diagnosis, may you be blessed and healed very soon. And, may you know that you are loved and cared for. God’s blessings to you!