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!

What a Month!

cropped-sany0235.jpgThe past four weeks have been busy, busy. I can’t believe how long it has been since I have written.  Have you missed me?  I have missed you!

First, we had two weeks of sleet, freezing rain, snow, and very cold weather.  In two weeks, there were only 2 days of school. At first the snow days were fun, but then things got old and tedious and there were a few issues to deal with.

Then the rains came and didn’t seem to let up for a few days.  Rain and all of the melting snow caused some flooding. Then we had lots of water and mud around the yard. Mud and muck and messy shoes.

Then after all of that, we had a few days of school but then ended up getting sick.  Between the three of us, we have had fevers, ear infections, and bronchitis. Because of that, we missed Ian’s Cub Scout banquet and parties.  That was a bummer, but nothing could be done about it.

Now, we are FINALLY feeling better and life is getting back to normal.  It’s not been easy but there finally is light at the end of the tunnel. YEAH!

Life if never dull, is it?  I just hope that things start settling down for us again. My plan is to write again more regularly this week. Just hope that will be what actually happens!  Until then, take care.

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!