Back in the Saddle

Listen or read: (I’ve been playing around with podcasts. Not gonna have them on every post. Have not figured out how to stop it from opening in a separate window. It’s just for fun).

Our family went down like dominoes last week with a stomach bug. First Seth, then Todd, then me and finally Riley. The night it was my turn, I kept waking, sweaty and nauseous. Every time I woke up, I tried to take my mind off  how I felt by deliberately seeking things to be grateful for.

I know this is just a stomach bug. It will be gone in a couple of days.

Looking around the room, in the glow of the hall light, I saw the door.

Hinges. I am grateful for hinges. Thank you for doors and for whoever invented them.

HT snored next to me.

Thank you for him. I know I could wake him and he would comfort me. I won’t, but I could. Thank you.

I’d fall back asleep, and rouse a couple of hours later.

I’d start to panic, nausea is a trigger for me, but then…

Thank you for running water. Thank you for toilets that flush.

Thank you for this warm house.

I went downstairs on the couch, not wanting to disturb Todd with my tossing and turning.

Thank you for this pillow and this blanket.

I turned on the TV.

Thank you for TIVO and for cable to help me take my mind off  how I feel.

I watched two episodes of Sex and the City.

Honestly I forgot to be thankful for anything else after that, but it was a pretty good run.

Five days since the first O’Neil fell, we’re back in the saddle.

And I’m thankful.

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12 Responses to Back in the Saddle

  1. You’re so back! It’s not too good to be true! I’m thankful for that.

  2. Carrie Link says:

    NEHBM of the healing powers of “Sex and the City.”

  3. Niksmom says:

    I love this reminder of finding something…ANYTHING…to be grateful for in the midst of what feels like pretty awful stuff. Timely for me. xo

    I am grateful for your wisdom today.

  4. kario says:

    What a great post, Michelle! I can’t stand stomach flu because nausea and vomiting freak me out, too. Glad you’re all better now.

  5. Sophia says:

    I just spent 19 min writing a comment and when I finally finished something went wrong and my comment was not published. So now I will keep it short and straight to the point. I find something interesting to read on your blog every time I visit it. Respect!

  6. Jenny R says:

    Love hearing your voice. How fun about the podcasts. Sorry you were all sick, but glad you’re better.

  7. Oh man! That is just the worst, isn’t it? At the Dr. yesterday they asked if we wanted a flu shot for Kaishon. I said YES! He was not too happy about the extra shot, but I feel much better knowing the flu will not haunt us this year!

  8. mom says:

    “Count your blessings” Do you hear
    Gramma Wilson echoing in your ears.

  9. Jerri says:

    You have a terrific voice. I’m thankful for the chance to hear it.

  10. Sally says:

    again, repeat, again, Hurrah! You’re back!

  11. -e- says:

    yeah, hinges- brilliant, right?

  12. Michelle O'Neil says:

    Again, thank you sweet people for the warm welcome back.