Thursday, January 23, 2014
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth." 3 John 2
The flu hit our house just after Christmas...
Now I am usually a natural remedies person. We don't get immunizations. We rarely go to the doctor. We try to eat well most of the time, get plenty of sunshine, and have a cheerful heart. Most of the time, it works.
But not always. We do live in a fallen world.
We were hit with the flu about six years ago. Nearly everyone in our family fell ill to it, and I was the caregiver. I was also working hard with my new son, Tommy, at that time, and had not yet figured out how to help him through the periods of rage he was having almost every day. That time is still a blur in my mind...I remember moving old recliners that I had discarded back into the house so the sickest could sleep in those to help with their coughs. I remember being woke up nine times one night. I remember being very very tired, but at least I wasn't sick!
Gage and Max were the sickest ones and both of them ended up with pneumonia. Then Gage's pneumonia moved from his chest into his chest wall, and he ended up in the hospital with major surgery to get it all cleaned out. It was a very scary time for me, not to mention a horrible time for Gage. He told me recently he doesn't feel like he has ever fully recovered from that. I'm not surprised.
A friend made this picture collage of him:
So needless to say, I have a healthy fear of the flu.
And this time it hit the most delicate of my children, Angel-Leah:
And because of my experience six years ago, I panicked and ran to the doctor. Once there, we were given a prescription for Tamiflu. It didn't occur to me at the time not to fill it, even though it cost $265. I just knew I did not want Angel-Leah to end up like Max and especially Gage did, and of all my children, she would be the one I figured would be most likely to get that ill.
She said right away the Tamiflu made her stomach hurt. She threw it up several times and from that point on, she could not stop throwing up. I read the insert that came along with the prescription, and to my dismay, it said it might not even be effective after 48 hours of the flu. Online research backed that up. Angel-Leah was on her third day of being sick when we got the prescription. I continued to give it to her for another couple of days though, because I was afraid. After three days, I quit, because it made her so sick. I hoped she had enough in her.
The Bible warns us about fear:
Job 3:25 For the thing I feared has come upon me. That which I am afraid of comes unto me.
1 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I knew better...
Angel-Leah did not get well. She continued to throw up for days and days and days. She would not eat. She could barely keep fluids down. My internet research said this sometimes happens, but I was really getting worried.
After three weeks, I called the doctor again. I was told this was actually fairly normal, that they were packed and couldn't see her that day, and that if her symptoms got worse, I should take her to the ER.
One of my problems was because she was sick, it was hard to get to the store. I sent older children a couple of times, but they had trouble finding what I wanted. After a talk with Angel-Leah and Tommy's birth grandmother, she went to work, and soon she and their grandfather were at my door with boxes and sacks of the natural remedy things I wanted, plus probiotics, lots of fruit and juice and presents for the kids. Angel-Leah got balloons and flowers: