Flu/Stomach Virus: To see a doc or not see a doc? That is the question.

ImageWhen my kids get sick I seem to develop parental amnesia.  I hate to see them looking miserable and they are so unlike themselves that it only seems natural to me that I should be doing something to get them back to their normal selves.  Especially when they are vomiting, have diarrhea and seem miserable.  So I end up taking them to the Dr. where they tell me, once again, “this is a virus that needs to run it’s course.”  Oh yes! I’ve been here before, I must have gotten parental amnesia again!  So, to that end I would like to post a little information that the immediate care Doc shared with me so that the next time I’m ready to pack my miserable little children in the car to ease my worries, I will refer back to this blog and keep them tucked safely in their beds and let the virus run it’s course (of course I’ll be praying and believing for healing the entire time!).

We tend to lump a bunch of illnesses under the heading of “The Flu.”  But the definition of the flu according to both Doc and Medterms.com is: “Flu: Short for influenza. The flu is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract which are divided into three types, designated A, B, and C. Most people who get the flu recover completely in 1 to 2 weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia. Much of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by annual influenza vaccination.”  (I realize vaccinations are a controversial issue, this was just part of this quote from Medterms.com).

Some people refer to stomach viruses as the stomach flu but it’s not really the flu. Either way, if you or your kids have one of these here’s when you should seek medical treatment:

  1. When you or your child is having trouble breathing.
  2. When you or your child has a fever that won’t break after being given a fever reducing med.
  3. When you or your child can not keep liquids down.

When should your child return to school (or you to work if you can help it)?  Doc said to take yourself or give your child a fever reducing med through the day, let it wear off through the night and take a temp. first thing in the morning.  If there’s a fever you need to wait another 24 hours, then if it is normal you should still rest another 24 hours to fully heal.  But that the feverish time is the most contagious time so stay in if you can.  I also wait a full 24 hours after a child has vomited before sending them back to school.

I’m just a parent reporting out what I was told today in immediate care. Do you agree, disagree? Please share your thoughts.

The Strong Silent Type

Image     All parents can relate to this scene; your child reaches for something on the hot stove and you say, shout, scream, or scold “No! Hot!”  I’ve certainly had plenty of experience with this type of situation with my own fearless four.  Recently I found myself in the middle of a conflict with someone I respected.  It made me examine my behavior in the situation and I realized that this behavior had been a pattern in my life.

Sitting in my car waiting for the school bus to arrive I started singing to God, asking him why he chooses to stay silent instead of talk to us with an audible voice.  I asked him “Lord, why is it important to you that we have faith in you? Why didn’t you just show yourself from the beginning and physically be present with us?” and “God, when I’m about to enter a hurtful situation (such as the conflict I was in) why don’t you speak up like I do when my own children are about to enter into a dangerous situation?”  I’d just love to hear God yell, “No! Don’t say that! It will ruin your friendship!”

Zephaniah 3:17 spoke volumes to me today about God’s silence.  It says; 17″The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.”

Zeph. 3:17 says “He will rest in silent satisfaction and in his love he will be silent…”  He rests in silent satisfaction.  When I see my child reach for something hot, I’m responding out of a fear that he or she will be burnt. I don’t know the outcome of that situation and I fear that it could be terrible!  The Bible says in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, are My ways higher than your ways.”  I used to read this in a negative way as if God were saying “your ways are bad, mine are good.”  I realize this is true much of the time but I hear him today in a loving voice saying, “I am your God, I see the whole picture. I am a loving God, who rejoices over you (Zeph. 3:17) I am Love (1 John 4:8) I know the end of all things and am surprised by nothing. There is no fear in me.  So I don’t get excited when you’re about to make a mistake, I rest in silent satisfaction over you (Zeph. 3:17).”

I suppose if I had (and I realize I do have it but haven’t tapped into it) healing power, if I knew I could work all things for good, if I knew the outcome of every situation I suppose I wouldn’t scream and holler at my kids when I think that they are headed into danger. I could rest. I could allow them to make their mistakes and I’d be there to love them, heal them, affirm them and bring them through it.

The other day I cried to him, “Why don’t you just speak to me?” Today I’m resting in his silence and in his confident, lavish love for me! We have a mighty God! We can rest in his power and in his might and even in his silence.

Sick of Being Sick!

Image I’m just getting over a nasty cold when the kids start throwing up!  I’m so sick of being sick, of having kids that are sick.  I thought I’d put together a list of healing scriptures to meditate on.  Do you have a favorite health or healing scripture?  How about a way that you show kindness to yourself or others when you or they aren’t feeling well? Please share!

Exodus 15:26

I am the Lord, the one who heals you.

Psalm 30:2

I cried to you for help, O Lord my God, and you healed me;

Psalm 41:3

The Lord will help them when they are sick and will restore them to health.

Psalm 103:3

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

Proverbs 12:18

Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.

Proverbs 16:24

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the taste and good for your health.

Proverbs 17:22

Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.

Isaiah 53:5

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 58:8

Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Jeremiah 17:14

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance ] Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.

Jeremiah 33:6

Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

Malachi 4:2

But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

Matthew 9:35

The Compassion of Jesus ] Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

James 5:16

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

The Autistic Alarm Clock

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The Autistic Alarm clock doesn’t go off at the time you set it for, it goes off when its hungry or sometimes when its had a bad dream.  It goes off at four o’clock in the morning and stuns you awake, out of a deep sleep.  It NEEDS FOOD NOW!!! Its room is too dark. Its bed is wet.

You can try to press snooze and go back to bed.  You can give it a snack and tuck it back in. You can explain that it’s not time to wake up yet.  But most likely, it will be back in your room again in an hour saying it needs help wiping it’s behind after making a mess in the bathroom. Or it will walk into your room and wake you up to say that it’s going to sit quietly in your chair until it’s morning.

If you choose to ignore it, it will probably ravage your kitchen like a beast. You could wake up to honey or syrup drizzled on the floors, covered in cheerios. It will have probably eaten whole boxes or bunches of items before you arrive on the scene.

When you’re awakened by the Autistic Alarm Clock your head stings, you feel like you hit a brick wall.  While it bounds down the stairs with a thud on the floor, you lift each leg as if it had weights attached and you try to keep your cool.

The Autistic Alarm Clock makes it’s many demands. I want, I want, I want, Can I have?  You tell it to be quiet and you’ll get it some breakfast. Always the considerate one, it apologizes for waking you up too soon but you don’t believe it’s really sorry because this happens most every day.

It’s a loud, irritating clock that goes off and continues going off from 4-7:40 am.  It only has one volume and it just won’t quit rambling on.  When you think you can’t take anymore and that you’ll just explode, it starts singing the song it just made up, “Oh! Milk comes from the tanker truck, the milk comes from the tanker truck.”  And you can’t help but smile and love the clock.  And another day has begun.