Friday, November 20, 2009

Simplifying things.

So, it's been a week since I took a late-night trip to the ER for an emergency breathing treatment. Thursday, I started feeling like my chest was closing off and I couldn't breathe at all. I was actually getting dizzy from the lack of oxygen. Then I made the mistake of Googling "pneumonia while pregnant" and it scared me so bad, I called my mom to come babysit and Dill and I went to the emergency room.

$75 for a chest x-tray, breathing treatment and some Tylenol with codeine. Oh, but they let me keep the nebulizer mask and tubing. Totally worth the 5-hour ordeal.

No pneumonia, thankfully. Bronchitis as usual. I have a history of asthma so a normal little cold often turns into a hacking, throat-constricting cough that lasts for weeks. It's so fun. I sure hope my kids don't inherit my poor respiratory system.

A week later, and I'm still barking up my lungs and blowing my nose all freaking day. And what's worse -- Dill caught it from me. Only it seems to have wreaked extra havoc on his vocal chords. Meaning, he sounds a little like Barry White with the sniffles.

Last night, as we were about to go to bed, getting Dill's lunch together for today and straightening up a little, I had to giggle at the fact that our conversation was punctuated with coughs and throat-clearing (ahem!). So, I decided we needed to sip some hot apple cider before bed.

And that we did.

And it was oh so romantic, in an old married couple kind of way. We lounged on our hideous broken-in late '90's couch and talked about Bubs' potty training success, then delved into religion and politics. Conversation enhanced by the magic of Stephen's (one thing we do miss about Utah -- an abundance of delicious cocoa and cider).

We fell asleep with warm tummies and relaxed minds. Enriched by intellectual stimulation and hot, spicy goodness.

I hate being sick, but I guess I do love how it forces us to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. And reminds us to be thankful for times of good health.

Having said that, can I get better now?

1 comment:

  1. Yes you can get better now. But you sure do make being sick sound pretty good :)


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