Monday, May 30, 2011

What a weekend

It started with the Clearance Sale which went very well. Thanks again to all who came!

But as my sister & I were closing up, Kevin called. He was sick, and his throat was swelling rather rapidly. He almost died from a bee sting 2 years ago - he went into anaphylatic shock, which among other things, cut off his breathing. So now, understandably, he is very sensitive to the feeling of not being able to breathe.

He knew this was something different, but what? It wasn't exactly an emergency, but he did feel it was urgent. He called the doctor, and they had already closed for the weekend. Why do these things always happen over a holiday?

To make a very long story short, I took him to the emergency room. The doc wasn't sure what was wrong, but put him on penicillin. We came home, Kevin took a pill, and then spent a very restless night getting progressively worse. We spent Sunday afternoon in a different ER, where we had a loooooooooooong wait in the waiting room. But while there, he started feeling better. Much better.

To make another long story short, we think he may be allergic to penicillin. Once it wore off, he got better. The doc there also thought he needed an antibiotic, but he switched it from penicillin to another one, and also gave him a steroid shot. Tonight, he is almost back to his old self. We're still not sure what started the whole thing, they said it may have been a virus that's going around. His resistance is low right now (too much work and not enough sleep lately), so it may have socked him a good one.

When Jessica came home for the weekend, she didn't have sitting in an ER waiting room on her to-do list, but never-the-less, that's what she did. I have to admit, it was nice having her there with me!

Then today, after we had a holiday lunch, we took a walk to see the new baby goats at the neighbor's barn. While there, I announced that my hay fever allergies are much better now. That I may even have outgrown them.

Uh-huh. Just a few minutes later, I had an attack.

Oh well, those things happen. We're thankful that Kevin is better. We're thankful that Jessica and Brian made it back to their own home safely, and that Jessica is liking her new job. We're thankful that my sister and her husband were able to join us today. We're thankful that friends who were traveling today had safe trips.

And we're thankful that we live in a beautiful country that values it's freedom. We're thankful that we have a strong military who is willing to protect us. And we pray that God will bless those men and women, and their families. And we strive to be grateful to them - not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

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