Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quiet Summer Mornin's

I am here and I am HEALTHY. These are two conditions that have not been met in what seems like a lifetime. Sorry I've been such an unfaithful blogger, but we have seriously either been out of town, deathly ill, or some member of our crew has been deathly ill and needed their Momma to hold them, for the past 2 months. I had a fever (that I stayed on a strict regimen of Tylenol/Advil for because Jeremiah was out of town and mothers don't get sick days), that when allowed to reach it's heights without medication, was 102. And it lasted SEVEN days. SEVEN! I've never had a fever that long. Has anybody else? The flu, for me, normally lasts a week or so, but the actual fever usually subsides after two or three days. I've had enough body aches and weakness to last the rest of my life, thank you very much.

I informed Jeremiah that if he told me one more time that I, "just had the flu" (like he did), that I would kill him. This was something that deserved a far greater name than "the flu." Something like Ebola virus, or Legionnaire's Disease, or (what I finally settled on after watching a girl die from this in a movie a few nights ago)...Consumption. Good 'ol tuberculosis. That immunization must not have worked back in the fifth grade, because that's what I felt like I had. Can you tell I am pretty dramatic in my sickness :)?

Yesterday was the first morning I'd slept through the night (without waking to uncontrollable shaking and little needles poking into my body and waiting until I could summon the strength to get out of bed, medicate myself, and await the 2-hour process of sweating off the fever), and I woke up feeling like I had won the lottery. I was rested. I was not in pain, and lo and behold I had forgotten the wonders of what you can accomplish with a little energy. I had us all up and dressed and fed and the beds made and the laundry started in the same amount of time it had taken me to just get OUT of the bed the day before. I am feeling like a super-hero.

Then, to add to the wonder of it all, it feels like summer has crept up behind me while I wasn't paying attention. I stepped outside early yesterday morning and a smile spread across my whole face. The chill was gone, vanished. There was a cool breeze blowing through a warm sunrise. My kitchen was flooded in morning light while I made my coffee, and the promise of swimming pools, and beaches, and green fields, and strawberry picking seemed spread out before me. I love summer mornings, and now that I have made a miraculous and unprecedented recovery from Tuberculosis, I am ready to embrace them!

7 comments:

Kellie said...

I am so sorry that you were so sick { with Tuberculosis and all} I don't know if I've EVER been that sick - certainly not while being a mother - HOW did you do it, you poor thing? Hopefully Jeremiah got a good taste of motherhood whilst you were "laid out". Glad you're better now - and isn't this weather glorious!!!???

Darby said...

Abby... YOU absolutely crack me up. I can't believe you had tuberculosis.... what a total bummer. I wish I was closer I would have helped you.

Mitzi said...

I agree, when it is you and it last more than 12 hours, it just should not happen. What about modern medicine? Glad you are back blogging. I know Bham is beautiful.

The Wilson's said...

Abby
Maybe it was the Las Vegas virus. I am sure anything you catch out there is worse than anything else we get around here :) I actually heard of others that were out there getting sick too. Love the picture of Pace and the horse!! Can't wait for summer mornings too!!
Mal

andi said...

Oh dear Abs, Tuberculosis would definitely put me in the bed. For a long time! I am glad you have recovered! I love the picture. Glad your back. :) Missed you!

Natalie McGough said...

abby, i'm glad you're feeling better. i'm sorry you were sick for so long...i dread the day that i'm sick and have to take care of children all by myself! summer, oh how i wish summer were here!!! i had hope on saturday and sunday, some of the snow had melted and it was in the 40's, then low and behold monday we woke up to lots of snow!!! over the snow this year: )!! hope you have a good feeling week. enjoy the sun!

Abby Euten said...

Glad that you are feeling better...And, sadly, can relate to the "dramatic" sicknesses. It's incredibly hard to feel that way and have to take care of little ones. Crazy the things we do that we never thought we'd be able to.