Days Verse:
in Him we live and move and exist…
Acts 17:28

The flu is really an amazing disease. Not only does it confine you to your bed for a full 10 days, but it has such an abundance of symptoms that I have kept wondering Am I sick with something else? The answer remains No, despite the fact that since getting the flu, I have experienced:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Agonizing back-of-the-head headache
  3. Full body aching
  4. Fever of up to 103.8°F
  5. Eyes hurting/feeling dry
  6. Increasingly — impressively— runny nose
  7. Side-of-the-head headache that felt like spikes driving into my temple
  8. Teeth hurting
  9. Inner ears hurting
  10. Face/front-of-the-head headache
  11. Dizziness
  12. Nausea (from my head, not my stomach, if you can imagine that)
  13. Bloodshot, itchy eye (like the start of pink eye)
  14. Clogged ears
  15. General headache
  16. Utter exhaustion for a full 10 days
  17. Disinclination for food

I list these in no particular order, although two solid days Tylenol quickly ended the fever, which never returned. By impressively runny nose, I mean that I used up three full, new boxes of Kleenex, plus one half-full box, not counting the nose blowing I did into wash cloths and toilet paper (Ian had to make an emergency run to obtain more Kleenex the other day; I have made good headway into two of the four boxes he brought home). In four or so days I consumed 2 1/2 cups of lemon juice and almost 32 oz of honey. I listened to all of Lord of the Rings on tape (MP3, really), all of Ian’s Sam Spade episodes, and a good number of episodes of The Shadow. I watched five movies and read two or three books (with a headache and sore eyes, I mostly spent my time propped up in bed, eyes closed, listening to Ian’s iPod). Continue Reading >>

Mr. Fishy

Day’s Verse:
Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:22

Mr. Fishy, officially named Leviathan, died last night. This morning I noticed he was belly-up (well, on his side; with all those fins no betta could truly go belly-up); Ian’s exploratory prodding confirmed my fears. Our pet of one year had gone on to the big fish tank in the sky. Ian took him and flushed him down the last long swim, and now our fish tank stands empty and sad.

Goodbye, Mr. Fishy. We will miss you when we remember your flitting, your occasional attacking-enthusiasm for your food that led to bitten fingers, your perching on leaves, and your penchant for wedging yourself face-first into odd positions, viz: Continue Reading >>

Home Again… and Again, and Again

Day’s Verse:
For so the Lord has commanded us, “I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
Acts 13:47

All the advice I have gotten about having the true flu says that pushing yourself too hard just makes things worse (like pneumonia-type worse) in the long run. In keeping with that advice, I called my boss and told her I would return to work next Monday. Ian and I counted up my carefully-hoarded vacation and sick time, and have determined that three days unexpected days off won’t break the bank. Good thing the year’s almost over, though; I won’t be able to take any more sick time until January after this. I sincerely hope I won’t have cause to. Continue Reading >>

…And In Flew Enza

Day’s Verse:
Nevertheless, in Your great compassion You did not make an end of them or forsake them,
For You are a gracious and compassionate God.

Nehmiah 9:31

“I’m experiencing a sensation altogether new to me — and frankly, I like it.” In fact, I don’t like it, but the sensation is altogether new to me. I have no memory of ever contracting the true influenza virus before; my previous flu experiences all err on the gastrointestinal distress side, rather than the actual flu. Now, however, I continue to have the memorable experience of suffering from an influenza similar to the type that struck in the 1918 pandemic. Continue Reading >>

It Takes So Little

Day’s Verse:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:12 (context)

I stayed home from work sick yesterday, and my primary activity evolved into blowing my nose, with breaks for doing other things like reading a book. The Kleenex we bought last, although billed as ultra-soft, still turned my nose into a sad, raw, red zone much faster than I might have expected. Continue Reading >>

Delicious Cycle (Pasta)

Day’s Verse:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7

Ian and I have this problem, only with spaghetti sauce and noodles.

We entered another phase of this cycle last night by making ravioli. This finished off the previous leftover jar of sauce (about half full), but left us with another new, slightly fresher half-full jar of sauce in the fridge. Pasta, anyone?

KF quality

Windy Ride

Day’s Verse:
All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after the wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

Sitting on the couch at 7:05 am this morning, I told Ian, “I think today will be one of those days I’ll wish I never got out of bed.” Continue Reading >>