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Day 2 of the flu…things are getting better

Thanks everyone for your prayers and kind thoughts from yesterday’s post! Elliot is doing much better today and there is less panic in our home. His face still has red pin-prick spots from Petechiae, but his sore throat has improved. Last night was rough for both of us. The Tamiflu must’ve had a negative reaction on him, because he was feeling overly nauseated and prone to throwing up. He woke me up several times to say he felt awful and to tap his back in the bathroom. Ice chips and ginger ale seemed to help. So I called the pediatrician this morning to ask if this reaction was normal. She said that throwing up is one of its side effects; her suggestion was to stop Tamiflu and use Ibuprofen instead. Trial and error…learning the painful way.

We now have an 11 pack of small bottled Gatorade that Chris picked up last night from Target and will probably collect dust until it’s needed again. I presume it’ll be a good back up to have besides Pedialyte for Ellis when she has her vomiting bouts.

Last night seemed so bleak and wearisome. And today we are doing so much better! Thank you Jesus for taking care of us and giving us an extra dose of grace, energy, patience, and mercy to push through this day. When I wrote my post yesterday, I ended saying that I trusted God had plans for me, and not plans to harm me. I was thinking about Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

I did not feel like reading the Bible, but my large print Bible was the closest book next to me. I couldn’t move farther to reach for another reading material. I flipped through some pages and decided to read a Psalm that wouldn’t take too much time. I chose Psalm 121, which is a song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. “I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” I thought, ‘oh wow, I tried memorizing this a few years ago, and these 2 verses are the only ones I remember. I might as well read the rest and see what it says.’ And this is from the NLT version that I mostly use.

Get to verse 6 & 7: “The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.”

Did I just read the word “harm?” Is this coincidence or a God wink? I wonder if my faith is so lacking that I doubt when God speaks to me through everyday things or if I’m just a clueless ding doing. I felt God was watching over me when I was feeding ice chips to Elliot at 3 a.m. and felt affirmed and loved by Him. It’s boring, unacknowledged work, but in God’s eyes I’m doing something good. That’s what makes it all worth it. And I memorized the NIV version for Jeremiah 29:11 a few years ago, and then the word “harm” also shows up in the NLT version. God orchestrates amazingly!

Hope you are doing well and please be aware that the flu is still going around. Take care!!

Earlier this month…we’ll be back to our walks soon!

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses. I’m praying that Elliot has a speedy recovery. We have an 11 pack of Gatorade in a cabinet in case of illness too. 😉


  2. It’s just one worry after another – I am praying that Elliot will recover completely and that the rest of you will stay well. A mother’s work is perpectual – don’t forget to take care of you!

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    1. It’s been a wearisome month for us! But thankfully we have been healing and recovering and still having fun in the process; all by the grace of God.
      You’re right! A mother’s work never ends. I’m practicing self care and letting go of expectations that things will go as planned. I saw a instagram post about a phone battery dying and the person said that we would rarely let that happen. However, when it’s our personal battery, we usually ignore and hope for the best. That was a thought provoking post. I hope you take time to recharge and give yourself rest too. It’s hard to do as a mama but we must!!


      1. You are absolutely right – we tend to fight for our loved ones and forget about self-care. A wise woman reminds me constantly: we cannot look after others if we don’t take care of ourselves first. One of the hardest lessons to learn 🥴


  3. Glad to hear Elliot is on the mend – yikes what a scary month you’ve had. I believe Covid and flu still exist though many others scoff at that idea. The idea of going maskless at the dentist next week leaves me worried, no matter what precautions they take.

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    1. It’s been quite the month for us! Elliot is on the mend. Since he hasn’t been exposed to a lot of germs as a little kid, he’s a magnet for anything. Thankfully, Ellis is in the clear. That Tamiflu medicine got him so sick.
      It’s easy to believe that Covid is in decline because there’s not too much about it on the news, but it’s still going on. We still wear our masks all the time and don’t think anything about it. You gotta keep yourself safe and sane.
      I know you have worries about the dentist and I understand. I was nervous too. But they are masked up and they’re probably just as nervous as the patients. It’s better to check out your teeth before it gives you problems. I had a dentist appointment a week ago.

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      1. I never thought about that – the kids not being exposed to the usual childhood illnesses at school would make them sicker. My mom said one year I had measles and chicken pox the same year, one on her birthday, the other on Mother’s Day. I do worry about going now … the last time I was there the hygienist was masked up as was the dentist, but the staff are not. Yes, eyes and teeth have to be taken care of so off we go.


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