Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday Chronicles

Once again Michael and I have thrush. Oh, all right, I know this is only the second time, but it seems like a mountain again - not a molehill.

I have been in pain (not severe, just insistent and annoying) but just thinking it was the way Michael was nursing. Then today I caught a glimpse of some tell tale white patches in his mouth.

I know it was the antibiotic that I just finished up today. I was convinced though I wouldn't get thrush with it! I never have in the past and I know I have nursed while taking an antibiotic - in fact I think it was the last time I had strep. It is frustrating to know that a medicine to make me well made me worse in another way. I guess Michael and I just have a thrushy nursing relationship.

So I have Diflucan. Michael has Diflucan. I also have vinegar. I think we are set. Thankfully he took the medicine like it was the best treat in the world.

The funny thing is, if I had written this post earlier this morning, it would have sounded completely different. I would have been boo-hoo-ing, agonizing, fretting and had a generally not so rosy outlook. What a difference a half a day makes. When I sat down to nurse Michael for his morning nap, I let out a great sigh. I told God, "Yes, dear God, it is only thrush. It seems like such a big thing to me. One more thing to deal with. But I know it is only thrush. There is medicine and we made it through before. I know you can help me through this." It took me several hours to be able to say those words but when I did I knew it was going to be OK. And it will.

On other notes, today we made a trek out to our water habitat to have lunch, chase birds and observe how the area had changed since our last visit way back in October. It was a big difference and interesting to see. It was also a lot of fun to have Michele and the gang meet us there to play on the playground. And after my thrush trauma, talking with Michele was just what I needed. Her brain and mine work in much the same way. Thanks dear friend.

The trees and shrubbery surrounding the lake back in October - lush and green.

The same area today. What a big difference! Don't you love the birds?

Back in October these vines were everywhere surrounding the lake with lots of purple blossoms in them. We identified them as some sort of water hyacinth.

The two pictures below show the very same banks around the lake. The vines were completely gone and dried up. How interesting. Can't wait to see what happens as spring comes.
I hope the rest of your day is truly blessed and beautiful. Our day is turning gray outside. I am glad I made the effort to get out today. I think rainy, gray days are on their way. Please pray that Michael and I will be rid of our troubles soon!! Pray for me and I will pray for you.


Jill said...

I love the two pictures. What a difference!
I'll pray that the thrush goes away. I've never had that experience while nursing, but I hear it is no fun!
I can't believe that February is approaching...does that mean you are going to have a ONE year old!!!?

Melissa said...

Oh, Celeste, I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles with thrush! I pray it disappears quickly! But thank you for yet another reminder, friend, about how much difference our attitude makes in situations such as these. My favorite part of this post was you sitting down to nurse Michael with a big sigh and heart to heart with God. There are so many little things (mostly pregnancy related aches and pains) that I am usually so tempted to feel down about. I really need to make more of an effort to just offer it up and trust that He will carry me through these next 17 weeks!

I love your photos and I'm so glad that you all were able to get out for a while to enjoy the beauty...and with friends, too! Hope you have another great day today! :)

Crafty Mom said...

I am doing some blog catching up. I was so happy to talk to you last night. It always feels better to lament with a friend. And I know I tend to talk to God and pray a lot more in times that are difficult. I know it helps!! There is some small serenity of giving things up to someone else.

He who wears the most black wins. said...

You will definitely be in my prayers. Even though I don't seem to blog anymore I assure you I am still making at least the effort to pray! SHeesh..I know you understand. :)

I love you, Friend.