Well, this week was not at all how I thought it would be, but I have definitely had some blessing moments to share.
Last weekend was the final really busy weekend we would have for a while. I sang on Praise Team, went to a missions meeting and ate out with my small group on Sunday. Saturday was just the run of the mill errands and laundry day. Nothing from the weekend, though, prepared me for the week ahead.
Monday, Michael went to work, and then he would leave from work to an audit job for the week. This was the first travel job of the year after our cruise, and the dogs and I hunkered down Monday night for a quiet night of homemade wings and zucchini chips. I looked forward to working in the daily and weekly schedules I had planned. I thought the wings tasted a little colder and more bland than usual, but I had made this recipe several, SEVERAL, times so I didn’t think anything of it.
Tuesday morning, I woke up at 7 (which is very late for me on a weekday, and should have sparked some kind of red flag). I felt like I had a stone in my stomach. I don’t know how else to describe it. It wasn’t pain, just felt like there was something that shouldn’t be there.
Only hours later, I was throwing up. Now, there have been very few times when I’ve thrown up in my married life. Even then, it was maybe once and I could eat regularly by the end of the day. So, I made some tea, and sipped on it a couple of times. The next hour, I was in the bathroom again, throwing up. And the next hour. Even when I just drank water, I couldn’t keep it down. That’s when I started to worry, and it’s when I realized.
I had food poisoning. By my own hand.
Michael has this amazing service through his company called Teledoc. It’s where you fill out your medical history online and request a call. Then, a doctor calls you, asks about your symptoms, and can even prescribe you medication to pick up at your pharmacy. Granted, nothing narcotic related, but in my case, this was perfect. He prescribed me nausea medication and warned me that if I didn’t stop throwing up by the evening, that I was to go straight to the hospital for an IV.
Enter in my friend, Andra. I was suppose to have lunch with Andra on Tuesday. She just got her floors done downstairs, and I was going to go over and see the beautiful finished product. Instead, I’m calling her to see if she could bring over some applesauce. When she arrived, she had applesauce, peppermint tea, ginger ale, chewable pepto tablets, and an 8 pack of gatorade. Then, she retrieved my insurance card and picked up my medication from the pharmacy. All while hoisting her 15 month old on her hip. That girl was superwoman to me that day.
As soon as I took the meds, I stopped throwing up. There were two side effects to the meds – drowsiness and headaches. I got the headaches. I’m sure the dehydration played a part, but every time I took one, I had a tight headache which would rest around my ears. So, Wednesday and Thursday, I ate light, drank a lot, and wavered between headaches and nausea. But I didn’t throw up again, and for that I was grateful.
Michael came home Thursday night, and as soon as he walked in, he cleaned the kitchen. Now, throughout the three days of illness, I managed to scrub the bathroom floors and clean up any mess that I created while being sick, primarily towel and linen laundry. But the rest of the house was neglected. He stepped in and cleaned, went to the grocery store, and helped me into bed that night.
By Friday afternoon, after a nap at lunch, I started to actually feel normal again. I was still weak, but I didn’t fell the nausea. We went out that night to a Texas Legends game (a D team affiliated with the Mavericks) with our small group. I didn’t stay the whole time, but I had some soft tacos (mostly the tortillas) and was able to spend time with people. We stayed in a suite which was quite fancy, and we had a lot of fun.
So, that was pretty much the end of my January. Part of me wants to say good riddance, but part of me knows that through all the low points, God was showering blessings on our family. We have a warm roof over our heads in freezing temperatures. We have access to food and clean water and medicine when we are sick. We have friends who care about us and are there for us when we need them. We have two precious pups that never left my side, and are always up for snuggle time. Looking at earlier in the month, we went on a cruise and spent time with my coworkers who have been like family to me for the last eight years. Seriously, despite the pitfalls, the silver linings make everything worth it. I am one blessed lady.
Oh! As a final note, I did manage to post a craft video for the month of January. I made this craft (and filmed it) last week, and was planning to get it up at the beginning of this week. That is why I put the little apology at the beginning of the video. If you want to check that out, here’s the the video!