Vociferous was my word for the day yesterday. Yes, indeedy. I have no idea why but I ended up using it in a story I was writing and it just occurred to me how excellent a word it was. I have no idea why that happened but hey, why not? I used it in a conversation in real life as well so three uses in one day!
We did a lot of cleaning around the house today. We caught up the laundry and dishes that had fallen behind when I had a stomach bug earlier in the week. By the way, just in case there was any doubt; stomach bugs are NOT fun. I was absolutely miserable on Monday and not too much better on Tuesday.
My son turned on his mothering mode. Which is very sweet but also weird. He came to check on me every ten minutes or so when I had to go lay down. He brought me a wet rag after I threw up and he checked my forehead once or twice to see if I had a fever. His diagnosis was that I did indeed feel warm but he couldn’t be sure. My husband confirmed that I did appear to have a slight fever after he got home.
My son also insisted on calling his Daddy after I threw up. I had him bring the phone in the bedroom – no need to panic my husband [who was just leaving work as we called]. And hubby stopped at a gas station on the way home and brought me home a coca-cola – my guilty pleasure. It’s better than chocolate to me and I love chocolate. However, with trying to lose weight and live healthier and better, I’ve been trying to cut it back and/or out as much as possible but trust me, I was in no place to fight that battle that day.
Anyway, by the time my husband got home, I was back on my feet but I’d missed getting dinner on, so we ended up doing an easy night of sandwiches [one of our fallbacks for when life happens]. My stomach wasn’t right the rest of the day or the next really but by Wednesday I was back to normal and trying to get everything caught up – errands, housework and schoolwork.
That’s one of the reasons I love homeschooling – if I get sick, we can take the day off. We often do schoolwork on the weekends – because it’s fun so we usually get more than the required days in a year. It was a lifesaver when my arthritis flared up again – I could live with slow mornings and get to schoolwork in the afternoons.
I’ve had arthritis since I was twelve years old. That’s an odd thing to hear as a child because at that point all you know is that it’s something that’s supposed to happen “to old people”. It’s funny to me. I never asked God why He did that to me or why He let it happen. I always assumed there was a reason and compared to a lot of people, it’s not that big a deal right? I mean there are people with life threatening conditions. In fact, getting a name for what was wrong with me was a relief after a year of not knowing. It’s something I live with and something I struggle with. Some days it’s easy and some days not so much. I had a morning the other week when I was easily up and moving on a cold morning and ready to leave the house early. And then two days later, I couldn’t get moving and missed church as a result.
I saw someone on a blog reference that you have a certain number of spoons to spend [energy] and you have to learn how to spend them. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of trying to get all the things done on Friday and Saturday and then having nothing left for Sunday. It’s a balance I’m trying to find. It’s not made easier that when I do find it, my ability increases, so then I do too much and I’m back where I started.
I really need to start trusting God more and worrying about everything less, including that. And then when I do miss church, I’ve got to stop being frustrated with myself and feeling bad about it.