in sickness and in health…

for as long as we both shall live.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for a real post–one where I don’t give all manner of details you don’t really care to hear. I think there might be one of those in your future. I’m aiming for Saturday, Neenie’s b-day.

Speaking of her b-day, before I forget, I must share something amazing. I’ve met a lot of wonderful girls on xanga, then met many of them in real life. There are three of you whom I met on xanga, then met in real life, that have adorable little girls all turning three on the exact same day this month. Isn’t that crazy??

I do realize that I’m not the only one who has ever been sick or had a family with the flu. Just sharing because I know a lot of you really care. And I must admit, I’ve dragged myself to the computer a time or two just to read your encouraging comments, so I could have the strength to carry on.

Okay, so here we go. So much for going to bed at 7:15. I got up every 2 or 3 minutes until 8:00. Livi was writhing and moaning with a fever. Ava was coughing. Then Nina woke up crying, blazing hot. Long story short, all was not quiet until about 1:00 a.m. Then poor Gabe kept getting up to spit and shower (he sits on the girls’ plastic yellow chair until the hot water runs out) and shiver. I changed my shirt three times, since I kept waking up soaked in sweat. My throat feels like someone sliced it with razor blades.

So, the semi-peacefulness ended at 4:00 when Ava started having a coughing/sniffling fit then came into our room saying she couldn’t breathe and needed to sleep with us. Gabe went into her bed. 15 minutes later, Nina woke up saying, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” in her adorable little voice. Went in and she was blazing hot again. 103+. Gave her ibuprofen, stripped her down, brought her in bed with Ava and me. Then tried to rock her, but she kept saying, “watch Shrek.” So, at 5:10, the three of us headed downstairs to watch Shrek the Third. Oh, yes.

I slept some, sweated more, Ava fell asleep in the recliner, Nina watched the whole movie, found a bowl of popcorn from yesterday and started eating it. Livi came downstairs at 7ish with a fever, moaning and groaning (she’s really good at it).

Everyone’s fever-free at the moment except for Gabe. I feel so bad for him that he’s going to have this for another day or so after we’re all well. The girls are home from school, and my friend Carrie just called and asked if her husband could bring us supper tonight. How sweet.

Thanks for all the good advice. We’ve been doing Vicks on the feet with socks every night, and while it hasn’t worked completely for all, it’s definitely helped me. And who knows how much worse everyone’s cough would be without it. I will most certainly throw out all the old toothbrushes when we’re well. And Nina traded in her barking cough for a fever last night, but if the cough comes back, I’ll take her outside.

My MIL reminded me that I was sick on my honeymoon too. But at this time (10:30 a.m.) 10 years ago I was feeling pretty great–ready to marry the man of my dreams. I didn’t get sick until midnight-ish on our wedding night. There’s no one I’d rather be sick with than my Gabey. I praise God for 10 amazing years. And I don’t think it has really sunk in yet that we’ve hit such a big milestone.

Off I go. A really cute little girl with rosy cheeks and a chapped nose is asking for Mommy. Thank you, thank you, thank you for praying! Cyber-hugs to you all! (since a real one would contaminate you)

28 thoughts on “in sickness and in health…

  1. SuperGirlAmelia

    I’m so sorry that you’ve all been sick since we saw you! And over Nina’s bday and your anniversary! Praying you’ll all feel better soon. Still too funny about all the 3rd birthdays, and oh is that birthday the topic of conversation around here! lol.

  2. M3mine

    Oh, my!  Praying right NOW for all of you!  Marla, if nothing else, we’re all getting lots of helpful hints about how to get rid of germs.  Happy 10th Anniversary! One I’m sure you’ll never forget???

  3. mrshart03

    Happy Anniversary (Late!)  I didn’t realize our anniversaries were so close- today is our five-year, and we’re celebrating at home with a one-month-old baby! 🙂 

  4. shannahhogue

    Hope there is much more health in your world today! Prayed for you. Also, just think 2008 has to get better from here!

    Thanks for the book recommendation…I’ll see about getting it asap! As for writing, I love to learn new things so I write about anything that interests me (which is lots). So far, I’ve edited a manuscript on loving God with your mind and have an in-progress on the family at Bethany (Mary/Martha/Lazarus). I’ve got a lot to say about grammar & writing (I teach Comp. after all). Most recently, I’ve written two articles for a MasterPlots that was published this year. Any advice would be much appreciated (when you and all yours are feeling better, of course)!

  5. ClutzyButtercup

    Still praying!

    A nurse friend once told me that you should strip all the beds, wash sheets and spray the beds with Lysol when you have a virus go through the house…certainly couldn’t hurt!

  6. GooberandDicky

    Thanks for the pictures. Hope you guys are feeling better today.

    Also, Happy Anniversary and please tell Gabe we are sorry about his team loss last night. Like I tell Jim there is always next year, but that never seems to help.

  7. Nixter77

    Happy Anniversary gorgeous friend.  I am away at the moment at SP’s parents and tomorrow we go on a week long holiday so will have no computer.  Will be praying for you, sorry things so far in 08 have been tough with sickness etc.  I will pray for you and call you when I get back.  I haven’t been around much on the computer the last few weeks – been busy busy busy.

    Love you!

  8. amweaks

    So sorry you have been sick! Why do the holidays turn out like that so often! – BUT – glad you are on the mend! and Happy tenth anniversary! We just celebrated that milestone this past summer too! God is good and without Him we are nothing!

  9. stephaniedawnbasham

    Happy Anniversary!

    I wish I was there so I could take care of you. I would wait on you hand and foot. When I was little (and now as an adult too), nothing helped a sickness like watching my favorite movies at odd hours of the night. I would sleep on the couch in the tv room instead of in my bed and wake up in the middle of the night with a fever or whatnot, turn on a classic movie, and it would make everything just a little better. 🙂

    Love you!

  10. ergirl053

    Praying for all of you today. And I definitely would have done the same thing with the 5 AM Shrek screening- sometimes you just have to do what you have to do 🙂

  11. jbnygaard

    Hello?!?! I LOVE Shrek! “Pick me, Pick me!!!!”

    I keep praying for you and your family and am glad you guys are seeing the light at the end of this LONG tunnel! He will see you through!

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in ALL our troubles…..”   2 Corin. 1:3&4a.

  12. Anonymous

    SO praying for you all.  I just hopped on today for the first time since our get together.  OIY.  So sorry you all are so sick!!  Happy anniversary!  Ten years, wow… so cool, yet soo… yeah.  God bless you guys!!  Love you!

  13. terriwright

    “Shrek 3” wasn’t good when I felt GOOD! Bless your heart. Bleach the entire world…certainly toilets, faucets, tub…sheets in hot hot hot water, with bleach. Wash pillows as well, AND blankets!!! Remember, you can alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 2 hours.

  14. gsowell

    OK…I know about Josie’s birthday and the Bambina…who’s the third one?

    You might get mom of the year award for watching Shrek at that hour while sick. I think you should definitely earn a nomination. Who decides that thing anyway?

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