Back in the Saddle

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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.

12 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!