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slowly on the mend

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Yes, I was sick again w/ some kind of flu bug. This cold & flu season has been a rough one for me, acutally for my whole family. Looking over the titles of my past blogs since last fall I found at least 3 other titles about being sick. And each time I thought was the worst but this time around is definitely the worst. It's Sunday, Feb. 7, and I've been sick since last Sunday, Jan. 31.

To top things off, Madi was sick from Saturday, Jan. 30, through last Thursday. She had strep throat, we found out during her doc's visit on Tuesday. She's doing so much better now and is just about completely back to her energetic, talkative self. She went back to school on Friday but I sent so many little notes to her teacher to make sure she didn't feel sick again that I've probably been labeled the overprotective mom in the teacher's lounge. I sent notes to allow her to sit out of gym, which she kinda followed; she got to shoot baskets but didn't have to run, and to allow her not to eat as much at lunch since her appetite has been greatly affected. They even let her stay inside the cafeteria during recess. And she says that's a rare thing.

Earlier this month, my DH was sick for a week w/ bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection. He still coughs sometimes. He hardly gets sick to that extent, maybe a cold here and there but not usually that bad. Last night, I realized that w/in the past month, all 3 of us have been on an antibiotic. DH and I lucked out w/ capsules that work in just 5 days. I'm on Day 2 tonight. Poor Madi has to drink this awful smelling and I imagine tasting thick, pink stuff for 14 days. She's such a trooper though, just asks me to mix it w/ orange juice or earlier she asked if I could mix it in w/ her blue Powerade. She marveled at the resulting purple color, took a sip, and announced how bad it tasted. But she finished it.

So I can say as of today (knock on wood) that we're all in various stages of being on the mend from our various illnesses. Yesterday was the first day that I had stayed up for most of the day and today is my first day w/o feeling so exhausted that I needed a nap.

So I feel better but somewhat silly in complaining about my household's dealings w/ relatively minor illnesses when so many people are coping w/ their own or a loved one's chronic illnesses, chronic pain and degenerative diseases, and are grieving the loss of a loved one. I pray for and think of my Spark Friends who are coping w/ these and other challenges. And I thank God for giving my little family our health back.
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