It's funny how being sick as an adult always takes you by surprise.
For the past couple of months I have had fluid in my right ear. I thought it was from water that got in there and didn't drain. I have been taking constant decongestants and antihistimines to try to get it to dry out. It never really bothered me much.
About a week ago, that ear just started hurting. and hurting and hurting. I found myself feeling like a 18 month old child, pulling on it constantly. I always wondered why the doctor asked if your kids were pulling on their ears to determine if they had an infection. now I know.
Lo and behold, I had the mother of all ear infections. inside outside updside down. It was nearly into my face... no wonder my jaw hurt.
The doc ordered every kind of medicine you can imagine. ear drops, oral antibiotics, antihistimine, decongestant, nasal spray, tylenol.... I about fainted at the cost of some of those things... and because of the cost, opted out of one or two....
I was feeling pretty good to the naked eye really. But a few days later... well Sunday to be exact, I started feeling kind of cold. Nothing else really. I just thought they decided not to turn the heat on in the church. I came home for lunch, and it was strangely cold in our house too. I just couldn't get warm. Then, Sunday night, I was shivering all night long. It finally dawned on me that something wasn't quite right. I should have figured it out when everytime I took tylenol, I didn't feel cold anymore, but life has really been too busy to even notice.
I fought it all night and then went to work on Monday. After thinking about what I would say to my husband or children if I were them, I decided to come home early from work yesterday and sleep. And sleep I did. I slept for four hours. Then the kids came home from school, I staggered up to make them supper (Shawn is gone hunting for a few days), spent a little time with them, and slept more.
It always amazes me what a little sleep will do.
I think of the passage of scripture in 1 Kings 19 when Elijah ran from Jezebel and he was so exhausted and he fell asleep under the tree. He woke and ate, then slept, then woke and ate, then slept...
Sometimes in life we just need to rest and eat. So, today... that is what I will do.