March 17, 2009

Catching Up (Part 1) - blogging the flu

I want to blog.  Really I do, but I just haven't had the time to really get around to it.  I have been so busy lately, to sit down for a moment to myself just hasn't happened.  I want to go into detail about that, but (like I just said) I don't have the time.  Instead, let me give you a little glimpse into what has been keeping me busy lately.

#1 deterrant from blogging... The Flu!  (Influenza-B to be precise)  You can check out Google's Flu trends to see how how things are going this year compared to other years.

It has hit us hard this year.  When I say "us" I am referring to our immediate family.  I had it first, two Sundays ago.  It was an immediate sickness for me.  High fever, sore throat, aches, pains, etc.  My youngest son got it next with all of the same symptoms, plus pink eye.  He has been on an antibiotic for the last week to take care of the secondary infection in his eyes and his ears.  My wife was soon to follow with all of the same symptoms.  We have all had a lingering cough when it was through.

Then there is my oldest son.  After we had all had it for almost a week, my oldest says, "I think that I may have missed this one."

Nope. 

Last Monday he starts showing signs.  So, both of the boys ended up home for all of last week (which means my wife ended up at home as well).  This has made for a tough two weeks, so I was really looking forward to the weekend.  It was going to be my chance to get caught up with school work, because surely the boys would be good by then.

Nope.

They made it to school yesterday, but it must have been too much, for my oldest, because his hypoglycemic ways have crept up on us.  Several mornings in a row he has felt nauseaus, but after some liquids and maybe a bite to eat, he has been fine.  He didn't get fine today... so back to the doctor.  There isn't much we can do at this point, other than keep a close watch on him, give him plenty, and I mean plenty, of liquids, and make sure he gets some rest. 

I have to be honest with you.  If you know me at all, you will believe me when I say, he isn't well.  He is really not doing well.  I am a little worried.  I have been through this with him before.  We have made more than one trip to the hospital for that one, and its not fun.

I have learned to trust through those times, but a father's heart never wants this.  I wouldn't even have to think twice if I had the option of taking all of this upon myself.  It pains me to see my family suffer.  There is not a one of them that I wouldn't willingly and eagerly take any load or any burden that they were carrying.

But I know that I can't.

So I look to my Father during these times.  I pray to Him for the strength to do whatever I can to carry my family on my shoulders.  If I can't take their burdens, maybe I can carry them.  I don't know.  I am tired and I am blogging, usually not a good combination.

So, I have blogged for you the flu.