I’m jumping in with some Tuesday Truths this week. Just tryin’ to keep it real…and truthful!
My first truth this week is ANTIBIOTICS ARE AWESOME! I woke up yesterday morning at 1 a.m. with a terrible pain in my throat. Having gone many years in college getting strep throat multiple times a year, I recognized the feeling immediately. I tried to ignore it thinking maybe it was allergies (they’ve been bad here), fell asleep again for a while, but woke at 3:30 a.m. with even worse pain. At 4 a.m., I took a Tylenol and started planning my day with cancelling classes and office hours, going to the prompt care clinic and getting this taken care of ASAP. With an immune-suppressed child (tonsilless thank goodness, I think that makes the strep less likely to take hold, but still) and a national travel trip with 15 students scheduled on Wednesday, I could take no chances. I got up and started sending emails, dealing with planning, and as soon as I dropped my DD off at school, drove over to the prompt care clinic. Within an hour, I had tested positive for strep, got a steroid to help with the inflammation and pain, and dropped off my prescription. Within three hours, I had taken my first antibiotic in a 10 day, 3X a day protocol and settled in for a nap. By the time I picked up my DD, the stabbing pain had turned to a dull ache. I was still achy and exhausted, but felt much better already. This morning, I woke up and am feeling GREAT! So, yes, antibiotics are awesome!!!
My second truth is God is Good! I know, I know. It is a bit cliche. But, I’ve seen Him working in my life in so many ways this year already. Life is certainly not all smooth sailing, but His hand touches so many things in so many ways that I don’t always notice. And this “season”, while starting out tough with news of surgery, financial concerns and job anxiety, has turned into so much goodness. The surgery is on and I’m thankful that we are with an insurance that doesn’t question the pacemaker placement even though my DD has not been symptomatic (I read a thread online where multiple people had been told no). I’m thankful I have a job that I can get people to cover for me and make adjustments where necessary when things like this surgery pop up. I got a raise at my current job, where I would really prefer to stay, so I’ve decided not to apply for the other job (which was a stress in my life, mostly because of insurance concerns). I also got a grant for revising a class that is going to be really exciting to work on next year. And I’ve got ideas and plans and exciting possibilities for the coming years! And I can see where God has had a hand in all those things. So, I am feeling extremely thankful.
My last truth this Tuesday is travel is stressful. I THINK I have all the logistics of this trip handled. Luckily, my DH moved up his return flight today so he got back a couple of hours ago. Originally, he was scheduled to arrive back home around Midnight and I was scheduled to leave at 3 a.m. That’s stressful. Today, he had a two hour delay. If that would have happened tonight, I would have been a basket case. So, much better. I’ve got all the rental cars and we actually ended up with a truck, which will be much easier to fit all the luggage in (as long as it doesn’t rain, which it is projected to earlier in the night – but I will bring some big towels to throw down under luggage and hopefully it will suffice). One of the students was notified he has mono this afternoon, so I had to cancel him. He was really upset and still wanted to go, but I told him if he put his body through the 3 a.m. departure, time change and long days of a tournament, he might not make it through the semester when he gets back. Mono can be rough and I think he isn’t feeling it right now, but he DEFINITELY would be if he went through this trip. So, I said no. So, now there are only 14 students going…but that is still the largest group I’ve ever flown with. So, it is a bit stressful. But, seems to be going okay so far.