Something A Little Extra

How was your holiday? It’s hard to do holidays with chronic illness. There seems to be more pain and more fatigue. But, this year I got a little something extra…..stomach virus.

The day before New Year’s Eve was not good. My son first got hit and then my father. By the middle of the night I was sick. This is probably the worse case of stomach virus I’ve ever had, and I won’t go into the details.

One of my in-laws showed up to Christmas dinner without recovering from the bug. He happily shared it with all of us and then merrily went on his way. He just happened to give it to my father, who is 85 years old and has cancer. And, I’m always sick. So, I doubt that he’ll ever know what he did to us.

Today was the first day I could eat some solid food and take my medications. I was having severe withdrawals yesterday, because I couldn’t take any medicine yet. I was shaking and getting severe headaches.

Thankfully, my husband didn’t get the virus and was able to try to keep us alive. He went to the store for Gatorade and chicken broth. He and I both have bronchitis and can’t wait to get back home. My insurance doesn’t pay to see doctors out of state.

We weren’t able to hold the baby shower for my daughter or go to visit our son and his family. We all need to go home and get well and strong before we travel again. Even our dog got a set-back from his vertebrae pain. We noticed he wasn’t able to eat or drink yesterday and started shaking.

This happened back in October and the vet told us it would probably become chronic. Hubby had packed the dog’s medicines so we were glad to get him started on Gabapentin and Prednisone right away. I now officially have a chronically-ill dog.

This New Years didn’t provide me with the mind or energy to create any resolutions. I’m just thankful to have stayed out of the hospital. Health is so frail and there is no guarantee from one day to the next.

There was so much missed this visit: more time with the grandsons, more hugs and proper goodbyes from loved ones, and more smiles. It’s not been an easy start to 2022, and extremely difficult to try and be content. With all the disappointments, I will tiptoe back into the land of the living and spend much time in prayer for better days to come.

II Cor. 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

2 thoughts on “Something A Little Extra”

  1. OH I am so so sorry to read this! What an awful start to the new year. I hope you are all well on your way to recovery.

    1. Thank you. I’m getting treatment for Bronchitis or possible covid. I can’t get a test until Friday. But, at least the stomach bug is over.

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