I am sure at least some of you may have noticed things went quiet over here for a while. I’d love to say I was on vacation, soaking in the sun on some remote beach somewhere exotic. Ahh, the ability to dream!
In all actuality, as soon as the season crawled in, we all were hit with the flu… and hit bad. Well, I guess I should feel fortunate that my husband and the older two did not get sick… but the younger two kept me so busy it was difficult to notice my fortune 🙂 I should count myself lucky, as the kids rarely get sick often. It is a one blessing of homeschooling that am thankful for. The hard thing is though, that whenever the younger two get sick, they always seem to thrive on sharing it with everyone else!
My little guy got sick first and continued to hack and cough on everyone, especially me. My next oldest was next and she continued the trend. What made it worse was that the younger two are rather particular when it comes to having fevers. They almost always feel nauseous and if you don’t get there in time with something to reduce the fever, they will get sick. I spent a week with one, taking care of them most of the day, and then the other. All the while, I could feel my body fighting to keep from getting sick. I tried to get enough sleep, but I would often wake up to check up on them.
It was two weeks after they started getting sick (but were sadly still coughing all over) that I finally had my turn. You know how it is… you can’t exactly stop doing your job. You still do, but you feel horrible. I was not dying… but every day I would wake up and say “when is this thing finally going to go away?” I seriously was sick for two weeks and even later I still had some moments of coughing. What makes it worse (in case you did not know) I have sensitivity to several foods, which makes it almost impossible to take medicines, which often contain them. I was fortunate that I finally found some that I was able to take that were all natural, without containing any of those foods.
Fortunately, this week I started to feel better, but I still did not crawl out into “the public eye.” I seriously was eager to exercise… as that entire time I was either too busy taking care of the kids to do so or I was too sick. I seriously did not even write in that entire time, so you know I am not kidding. Rarely does anything come in between me and writing!
So there you have it, my short story… made long, about why I’ve been away. I have missed all of you, in case you did not notice. I have missed reading and saying hello in passing. I have missed being challenged to write and having the opportunity to go out and explore the beauty out there in the world. So today I am deeply grateful for the opportunity, not only to say hello to you, but to also have a moment to tell you how thankful I am to know you.
You have been missed.
(c) Sumyanna 2017
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