Thursday, December 23, 2010

Weirdly ill

I've been ill.  I had lovely red lumps show up on my eyelids, legs, feet and hands.  And fevers.  And sore joints.   For nearly two weeks now.  Not fun.

Look at those attractive eyelids!  NOT a pretty sight.   
I've been off work, visiting the doctor and staying home eating broths & fruit & vegetables & herb tea.  Every morning I've drug my sore body out of bed and done my yoga exercises, doing my best to praise and trust God.
My dear friends and family have been praying for healing and encouraging me.  Blessings! 
I've had plenty of time this holiday to appreciate little things, like good health, the love and care of friends and family, and the devotion and care of an amazing husband.

Here I am today.  I visited the doctor and got a good report.  Most of my red bumps have faded.  No fevers for three days.  Sore joints getting better.  Thank you Jesus!  
The doctors are still not sure what caused all the weird symptoms, and are amazed at how quickly I've been improving with no medications.  But I know why.  And I'm so grateful.



I didn't get much done on these days off.  When the fevers took hold, I just wanted to sit on the couch bundled in quilts and layers of jammies and socks.   But I did manage to finish stringing necklaces and making earrings for my lovely sister.   And the package went out today!  So look out for it sis!

So this Christmas season 2010 has been quite different than I'd expected.  I've been given a gift of perspective, a gift of seeing how truly blessed I am every "normal" day.  I've been given the gift of appreciating good health, and the humble realization that it could have gone either way:  health or illness.  None of us are promised ease and an absence of challenges.  We are just promised that He will walk with us as we travel through the valleys and climb mountains.  May your Christmas be blessed.   May you feel the joy and faith that comes with the birth of a Savior.  My love to you all!

9 comments:

Bear Chick said...

What a bunch of strange symptoms! Just glad you're feeling better and improving every day. I know I worry less because I have faith that God will help me through whatever's going on. Have a wonderful Christmas!

diane cook said...

Chris....my friend! I am so very, very glad you are doing better! I understand exactly how you feel though, as I had such bad allergies for over 2 months, and REALLY didn't feel like doing a thing.
But, your symptoms were so much worse...fever, bumps, aching joints (I kinda had those).
The perspective I learned walks right along with yours...be grateful for the days we have~good or bad. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful, caring husband. You are indeed blessed.

Stacie said...

Yikes! I am so glad you are on the mend...you still look beautiful though even with your bumps...have a merry Christmas!

Kathleen said...

so happy you are feeling better!

Merry Christmas!

Swati said...

So glad you are feeling better!

Denise said...

Oh my girl....... so glad you are better..... Wonder what in the world did that! No telling any more what is out there...... I will be praising the Lord with you for HIS faithfulness in taking care of us.......

Happy New year to you and your family.

Beatnheart said...

Holy Moly!!! Allergies? Face creams? I got red eyes like that once from an extreme reaction to retinol A... so very happy you got over this..It would’ve freaked me out. Darling Chris, Thank you so much for your support and kind words. Lets be BFF ...! All the best in the New year.

Janice said...

So glad you are feeling better!!

GOd bless you my friend!

Michelle said...

Oh my...I am so glad you are feeling better! I just signed up for an herbal class...the first thing that popped into my mind was chamomile...

Have a blessed day...xo