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Friday, January 21, 2011

Home sick

"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decided what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are."
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I got nothing done this week that I wanted to do, yet it was really a wonderful week. Let me explain. Last Friday, 14th, Raychel got up and said she wasn't feeling well. All I needed to do was look in her eyes and I could tell she was getting sick. While I was taking Jolene to school Raychel was climbing back into bed. I thought to myself well, it's a 3 day weekend this will give her 4 days to get better. Saturday she woke up with a cough and by the evening she sounded horrible and looked so worn out. Saturday night she spiked a fever 102.7, she took more medicine and off to bed for the night. Sunday she woke up and we fought the fever all day. I was beginning to think 4 days wouldn't be long enough for her to start getting better. Monday there was no school, which was perfect. I love having my girls home. We had planned on spending the day out of town finding Jolene the perfect shoes to go with her baptism dress, lunch out and maybe ice skating with friends. Well, we stayed in. We watched movies, cleaned the germs away, did laundry, watched more movies and read books. As I said my prayers that night I had a feeling to get Raychel to the doctor in the morning. So Tuesday morning I called the doctors office, when they asked what her symptoms were they got her in within a couple of hours. They checked her oxygen levels and said they looked pretty good considering how hard she was coughing and her congestion. When the doctor came in she examined Raychel and reported she has Influenza. She said she would need to be watched, keep her hydrated, lots of rest and if she has any change for the worse to get her back in or take her to the hospital. The doctor asked if we had gotten the flu shots. I was happy to say YES!!! She said, "Wow, as bad as she is with the flu shot can you imagine how bad she could have been?" I am so glad I got all three of us girls the flu shot. I have never had the girls get them before this year. Here we are a week later, yes it is now Friday the 21st and Raychel is still home. The house is a mess, the laundry hasn't been done, haven't touched the vacuum, no dusting got done, but we have had lots of snuggle time, I have read to her, we have watched every movie she wanted, and she has slept. I have the best husband and little girl who have helped when they could, they have been patient with lack of order and a clean house and they still love me! As I have sat and done nothing along the lines of my mommy chores I have thought about Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley and a few of her great quotes. I think the Lord helped me remember them because I was beginning to feel bad for my lack of normalcy. Being home with Raychel even with her sick has been rewarding. We have spent lots of time together talking, laughing, sharing and just sitting together. I can never get this time back, I want to enjoy every moment I can with her, even when she is sick. She has thanked me many times for not working, for being here with her, for holding her, giving her medicine, taking her to the doctor, and even for simply asking how she feels. She is so sweet and so grateful. I love her.


Holloway Family said...

I'm so grateful for the fact that I don't HAVE to work outside our home. I wouldn't trade being home when I need to be for anything in the world. Being home when everyone leaves and arrives back at the end of the day is the most important thing to me. Every time I have gone to work outside our home everything seems to fall apart. I love being home especially when one of them is sick or when they need that snuggle-time. There is so much that only Mommie can give to the children that a caretaker can only hope to provide, even when they care so much. I wouldn't trade my time at home for anything in the world. What wonderful memories you are giving to your girls!! YEAH for all of you!! I'm glad Raychel is feeling better each day and hope she continues to get her health and strength back. I love you cousin!! Pam

The Christensen Family said...

I love being home with the kids. They grow up so fast, even with they in High School and Middle school; they still mention how it's nice to come home and see me there.