Silence and Gratitude

So today is day # 3 of me having the worst sore throat of my life.  I don’t know whether I have strep, laryngitis, the flu, or something else, but it feels like I have shards of glass in the back of my throat every time I try to swallow.  I can’t speak AT ALL.  And I’ve been running a fever for the last 48 hours.  I’m headed to the doctor tonight just to make sure this isn’t strep, and I’m feeling rather thankful that I’ve never had strep throat before!

As I lay here surfing the web and checking Facebook, I came across this fantastic piece about complaining.  Our new pontiff has some great thoughts for the whiners of the world.  If you whine (so basically if you are a woman!), go read this article.  Not only does complaining make you a joy stealer, complaining draws us into ourselves, and makes it more difficult to see Christ walking beside us in our suffering.  The piece is short and worth the 2 minute read.

And so, in the spirit of not being a whiner, I’m going to list some things I am thankful for in the midst of this illness–

1)  Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  Without these two lovely over -the-counter medications, I think I’d have to take up drooling over swallowing, which is rather gross.

2)  The weight loss and possible detoxing effect of night sweating and fevers.

3)  A husband who bought me flowers and did the food shopping at 10 last night.

4)  The best childcare/nanny in the world–Rachel.  Rachel stayed late last night and allowed me to be in bed for most of the day.  When I came downstairs, the house was sparkling.  She even mopped my floor.

5)  My house is really, really quiet.  The kids seem to think quiet is necessary so they can “hear” me if I try to speak.  Since today I am unable to speak at all, they are now responding to hand gestures, nods, and smiles.  I’m already thinking of ways to incorporate this into our daily lives post illness.

6)  Related to #5, I pointed to a laundry basket, and the kids folded and put away their clothes.  I pointed to a trash can and they took out the trash.  It all feels a bit magical.

7)  When they forget I can’t talk and ask me “why?” I simply shrug.  The older ones are learning to phrase everything in yes/no questions.  They are practicing their reasoning skills AND since I am a homeschooler, I can count this as Math for today.

8)  I cancelled formal homeschooling for the past two days and we are watching movies about the Bible.  The kids are also making me get well cards and drawing me pictures.  I feel very loved, and I think this counts as Religion, Handwriting, History, and Art.

9)  My mom, despite being in pain herself, stopped by to make lunch for the kids.  She only stayed for an hour, but it was a huge help.

10)  I am still able to blog because I just got a new MacBook Air laptop!  I have a laptop!!!!

What little things are you thankful for today?

  • Kristin

    Thank you so much for linking to the article about complaining! It is just what I needed ;)
    Hope you feel better soon…and enjoy that MacBook, how fun!!

  • Kathy

    Feel better! Loved your #6 – sounds like something out of Mary Poppins!
    Article on whining important too – thanks.

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com Katrina

    :) Hope you feel better very soon, Kellie!

  • Kellie “Red”

    It is strep throat! Good news is that I should start feeling better in 24-48 hours. Now I am praying the rest of my family doesn’t get this.

    • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com Mary Alice

      Strep broke our family, so I give you a lot of credit for being able to put a positive spin on things. The nurse said to throw away your toothbrush when you finish the antibiotics so that you don’t reinfect yourself.

      • Kellie “Red”

        yes, but if I remember correctly, you were in pretty intense survival mode at that time. I find that survival mode makes any sort of family illness a real back breaker.

  • Helen

    Prayers for you Kellie! I hope you feel better very, very soon. Sore throats are the WORST.

    We spent 3 years in the UK and our whole family had sore throats basically the whole time we were there, thanks I’m sure to living in a damp valley, having no ventilation in the bathroom and the landlord painting over all the mould with each new tenant. Even yearly blessings of the throat on St Blaise’s feast did not help! We have been back in Australia for 6 months and…no sore throats (touch wood, and St Blaise please keep it that way!)

    Anyway, I did have strep once in the UK and it was just as you describe it. I hope I never, ever get it again, and I hope it stays away from the rest of your family too!

    Macbook air laptops are great. I have stolen my husband’s :) I love how you can close it without shutting down and then when you open up again you can use it straight away!

  • EH

    Maybe tomorrow’s family activity should be “learn how to gargle salt water”?

  • FYMKW

    Glad they figured out what it was–I hope you feel better quickly! I must say that most of the biggest whiners I have known are men, not women (and when I was a teacher, boys, not girls).

  • Tree

    Hope you feel better soon!!! Which Bible movies do your kids like? Thanks!!!

    • Kellie “Red”

      We recorded a series on the history channel called “The Bible”, but it is a bit violent, so I have to watch it with them and fast forward a few things. There are some parts that are not as well done as others, but overall it is pretty good.