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!

In Your Mercy, Hear My Prayer

praying. handsThis has been a tough week.  As you know from my posting yesterday, I have some very sick relatives and a friend who are dealing with fighting cancer.  Each of these people means so much to me.  I hope and pray that they will receive the treatments that they need to get better.

The hard part is that one of them received a malignant diagnosis and this breaks my heart.  I talked yesterday about choosing to be as positive as I can be, but the pain is still there since it was such a shock to hear this news.  I hate to think of this special person no longer being in my life and I don’t want to.  However, I want to spend the time that I have left with this person and offer comfort and help and try to make the most of it.

As with any tough news, it takes a while to process.  This is one of those weekends.  I have also been thinking of a few friends and relatives who have lost loved ones recently or a milestone of that loss.  That too is heartbreaking.   To say goodbye is so hard and there is no right way to grieve.  I took a class in college that was incredibly hard to fathom at the time but I am so glad that I did.  It was about grief and the stages of it and that it can take a while.

Two things just came to my mind.  One was the best advice that I ever received from a dear friend.  He was a paramedic with more than 20 years experience and had seen it all.  I was a young professional just out of college and starting my first job.  This man told me “Never be a grave hugger.”  He meant to always tell your loved ones that you love them and to never leave something unsaid.   He knew only too well and had seen how precious life is and how fleeting.  This was truly the best piece of advice I have ever received.  Thanks to you GD!

The other was our recent sermon series at my church.  The pastor based it on the amazing Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying.”   A few of the keys that our Pastor expanded upon were from the chorus, “I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter, and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”   Aren’t those powerful words?  So important to remember and sometimes so hard to do.

We all get so caught up in the day-to-day of life and sometimes things that don’t really matter in the long run.  The times when we can share with our loved ones, tell them we love them and take the extra time to help each other are so very special and important.  May we all try to find the time to stop and smell the roses as it were.

Today, I want to say a pray for my friends and family who are suffering and sad and in pain.  And, I also want to pray for my son who is fighting bronchitis this weekend.  He is much better today and that is a real blessing.

“Dear Lord, please stretch out your healing hand upon those receiving treatment.  Please guide the physicians, nurses, and all involved in their care.  In your mercy, please hear my prayer.  (at church we say our instead of my, but I wanted to use my in this case)

“Help us, the families and friends of those suffering to be strong and help them through the darkest time.  May we be there to listen, pray, commiserate, give hugs and love, and help one another.  In your mercy, hear my prayer.

“May we take no moment for granted and spend the time with our loved ones as we can.  Help us to love and not be afraid to share that love. In your mercy, please hear my prayer.

“Lord, I also want to take this time to say thank you for all of the blessings you have given me and all of the times you have shown me how much you care for me and my loved ones.

“Thanks also for our dear and sweet son.  He is healing and getting back to himself by talking to me all day about his toys and interests.  He truly is an amazing blessing.

“May I learn to live my life as Ian does by enjoying every moment to the fullest and totally being in each moment. He has truly taught me so very much and I am so thankful for that.  Amen.”

May you too be blessed!