I Hate Being Sick

There are very few things that I hate but being sick is one of them.  Actually having my son sick is worse and makes me feel helpless.  It is hard to see him miserable and in pain.  Sadly, we both were quite ill over the last five days.

Ian and I had the stomach bug with plenty going on at both ends.  He had it first, was feeling better, and then I started with it.  To say we had a shitty few days is an understatement and not just an expression.  It was a rough few days.  Luckily, my hubby didn’t get sick and I am very glad of that.

Over the weekend, I called the on-call doctor at 2 a.m. and later that day at 10:30 a.m. Since we weren’t well enough to go to see anyone, it was nice to be able to chat with them and be told what to expect — 24 to 48 hours.  We knew the rest.

There were a few times over the weekend that I cried  And, a few others when I  prayed.  I asked for help for Ian to feel better and for myself as well.  All day Monday, I was either in the bathroom, on the bathroom floor or on the bed.  Miserable and I am so thankful it is over. Thankfully we didn’t have the bug at the same time.

After I started feeling better, I thought of those having chemo treatments. This is how they must feel on a regular basis as they are battling cancer.  As miserable as our illness was, it was over in two days.  My heart goes out to the brave men and women with cancer who deal with this for weeks at a time.  And, for those with chronic illnesses.

I am glad that I can semi-joke about it now since I sure couldn’t during the illness itself.  It was miserable and we spent more time in the bathroom than we care to count.  Lots of washing as well — both laundry and parts of the bathroom with bleach, and plenty of Lysol as well as the dishwasher.

My cousin gave us a great order of food to eat once our systems settled down.  I had never heard of it before but was pleasantly surprised that it worked.  Thanks to her.  It is BRAT — bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.  Each item has to be eaten and the stomach back to normal before continuing on.  What a blessing this was.  As were ice chips and popsicles.

It seems that quite a few people at Ian’s school were sick as well — both kids, teachers, and other parents.  So I have a few requests for future illnesses.  Parents, let’s please keep those kids at home when they are sick.  I am begging you.  No one wants illnesses like this.  Trust me.

If they are throwing up, they need to stay home. Period.   A few years ago, I remember walking Ian into school when a girl came in and said she had just thrown up.  EXCUSE ME??!!!  I remember hearing that kids shouldn’t go back to school until 24 hours after they are finished with this. And, she just did.  I was livid.  However, I couldn’t do anything since I didn’t know her or her parents.  I think she told her teacher who took care of it.

Secondly, any fever of 100 or more, they also need to stay home.  I am also concerned at anything above 99.   Also, lots of snot, sneezing, and other issues might be cause for a day at home as well.  So much better to keep them home and able to get better than to spread a bug throughout the school.

I am not sure exactly what our school nurse would request, but I am sure that she would have items to add.  I will have to ask her.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Lots of sleep that helped us get better
  • Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast
  • Hot tea
  • Chicken and rice soup
  • Going back to our routine this morning
  • Popsicles
  • My parents for their help during this bug
  • My hubby for his help and support
  • Lysol and bleach cleaner
  • Our washing machine and dishwasher
  • Hot showers
  • Being well again

No Time To Be Sick

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi 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!

To Dancing In The Rain

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  I came across a great photo this morning on Facebook.  It had a quote that said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

This really spoke to me today.  Isn’t that so true?  Life sometimes is really hard.  It is painful and sad, and it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning.  But most of the time, we still have to figure out a way to get out of bed and start our day.

Sometimes at least for me, it is good to have some time to have a good cry, grieve and be sad.  It helps to feel what I need to feel for a little while, and I can then try to see the good that is there along with the bad.

I am not saying it is easy and often the hurt and pain don’t just fade away.  It takes time and often lots of it.  Each day, I hope and pray to wake up and find things easier to deal with.  Some days are good and some are bad.

Over the weekend, my parents went to funerals or receiving friends for two men who we all have known for years.  One was a co-worker of my dad and also of mine.  He was 68 years old.  The other was a friend from church.  He lived to be 90 years old and had an amazing and long life.

Both of these men meant a lot to their friends and families and had great lives.  They will be missed.  My prayer is that their families and friends can remember all of the wonderful times that they enjoyed and celebrate their lives.

Losing people is always hard but celebrating them and remembering all that they meant to us can help with that hurt.  The saying of one day at a time truly applies in the case of losing our loved ones.

Struggles in life can also wear us down.  We watched the 10 year anniversary show on Hurricane Katrina last night.  It was amazing to see all of the devastation again and the pain and suffering that so many people in numerous states dealt with.

Yet, after time and effort, communities have been rebuilt, homes have been rebuilt, and families have rebuilt.  These stories were inspirational and uplifting.  Despite all of the heartache, people helped one another and got back on their feet again.  That is something to celebrate!

May we always remember to be kind to one another and helpful.  May we bear one another’s burdens.  May we remember to let our loved ones know how much we do love them.  May we remember to dance in the rain.  And may we remember to always have hope.

A closing prayer: “Dear Lord as we deal with struggles, please help us to remember that you are always there for comfort and strength.  May we also lean on our loved ones and help each other through the challenges of life.  And, may we remember that better days are ahead.  Amen.”