Monday, February 18, 2008


Oh boy, we've been sick! I told you awhile back about Andrew's double whammy - chicken pox and strep throat. He recovered just fine from all that but yesterday he awoke with a fever which climbed up over 102 in the afternoon. This morning he scared the dickens out of us when he passed out at the breakfast table! His temp had been almost 102, so when he got up to eat and read with us it was more than he could handle! He let out a groan and then slumped in his chair. His head fell backwards and his eyes rolled up in his head. I ran over and held his head and spoke to him but he was OUT! Scary. He was breathing, but all the color had drained from his face. Then he got very hot and his face flushed. After that he came to and moaned. We got him over to the futon to lie down and he was able to talk to us and tell us how he felt. He'd felt nauseous right before he passed out and knew he was going black. I think he was out for less than a minute but it sure felt like a looong time!

He rested well all morning and ate some homemade chicken broth with rice for lunch. His fever is down but he's pretty wiped out so we're giving this boy plenty of time to rest and recover. His body's had a rough time lately...poor guy.

And he's not the only one. Coty had the flu last weekend. He was in bed for two days straight with high temps and then was very tired and wrung out. He's still coughing but feels better. In fact, at the moment, he, Joel, Matthew, and our friend, David Livingston are out playing tennis.

Joel also had his share of discomfort in the form of double ear infections last week. But warm olive oil and resting on the heating pad, plus a decongestant and massage around his ears seemed to do the trick. He's fine now.

To top it off, I added a bit of humor to the sick house by losing my voice on Saturday night. I croaked and squeaked my way through the day yesterday, eliciting lots of sympathetic but amused chuckles and even some good natured teasing from family and friends. My voice is slightly better today, but when I speak, I am still eliciting either chuckles or responses of, "What did you say?" Sorry, guys, I can't talk any louder!

We thank God for his watch care. We petition the great physician for health. We praise our creator and "do not lose heart for though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 Corinthians 4:16, 17

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you guys have been sick Beth! Everyone we know down here is sick - and many have had the flu in our church here. Thankfully we have somehow avoided it so far and I hope we continue to do so. We were sick last month, but not the flu. Really, it's just been a winter full of sickness for so many people all across the country!

Hoping your all feeling better by now!
Much love,
~Jen Unsell