Ever heard the platitude that when we make plans, God laughs? Well, I'm not ready to delve into the theology behind that, and whether it's true or not, but I will say that when I read that last post about my plans for the week, I laugh at myself. I had no idea what the week held for me.
When did I say all of that? Tuesday morning? Yeah - Wednesday morning I woke up sick. Desperately sick, calling Brian to come home and take care of me, while someone else took care of our kids, sick. SICK, friends. A very kind, old-fashioned family doctor had mercy on me and sent a nurse to a nearby ER for two bags of IV solution, which kept me out of the hospital (so thankful for that man). Wednesday was the most miserable I have been in my adult life. Thursday I slept all day (at 8 a.m. Brian woke me up to tell me he was taking the day off, and taking the boys to the zoo. A minute - I swear - later, I heard the door open. "I thought you were going to the zoo?" I said. To which he replied, "It's 1:00. We went to the zoo already.") Thursday was a wash. And then it's now.
Today is a new day. I'm better, just weak and a little woozy from not eating. And let me just say that if it really worked - if nursing Emmy really does keep her from getting that horrid virus - then I will be genuinely converted. I may never be a breastfeeding evangelist, but if the antibodies really are that good, I will personally be sold. And with other kids in the house, and all their germy little germs clouding around us, I may never go back.
While I was sick I took advantage of the opportunity to offer it up. I also became aware of how UNmerciful I am most of the time towards others who are sick. I'm pretty healthy. I get colds and hayfever - occasional nuisances. but nothing that really matters. Nothing like I felt on Wednesday. The next time I hear of someone being sick, I will have a lot more compassion for them than I have recently. Now I know.
I am also so, SO thankful for grandparents. This week would have been much harder without them.
And with that, I'm off. Because dude, I just THOUGHT my house was dirty on Tuesday.
Happy Friday, friends.