I have been battling a nasty cold, cough, and now bronchitis for quite awhile now. I think I am finally on the mend, but it has been one step forward two steps back getting over this. On Saturday Dan insisted I stay in bed as much as possible, which is nearly impossible for me. I took a nice nap late in the afternoon and woke up feeling like this "thing", as I've come to fondly call it, took a turn for the better. And it would have, had I not gotten up Sunday and gone to Mass (had to hear three of my children singing in the youth choir) and then later in the day decide a trip to Costco was a good idea. It wasn't. By Monday morning I was convinced the "thing" had turned into pneumonia. I went back to the Dr. and she assured me that it hadn't and that after eight doses of a pretty strong antibiotic she felt today I would be markedly better. Oh yes, I am now the proud owner of my very own inhaler and nebulizer!
All this may make you wonder at the title of this post. Yes, even through this nasty "thing" I have, I am finding many things to be grateful for. I am grateful that I had the time to rest up and a family who allowed me to. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see my children deal with a Mom who can't quite do all she usually does, and to see that their concerns were for my well-being and not their own happiness. Sometimes illness is the only opportunity that our children get to really "miss" us and have an appreciation for our role in their lives. I am even grateful for my inhaler and nebulizer. Having never had need for these items I've gained insight into what four out of my six children face when they have breathing issues. It is really not fun and I think I've learned more compassion for them. And finally, although this list is by no means comprehensive, I am grateful for all the concern, prayers and phone calls from my friends and family. They will b e happy to know I am (almost) back!
Count your blessings today!