Saturday, November 22, 2003

Mary's cough

Mary Catherine was up last night with what I would call a dry cough ... at first ... And then she threw up, from the irritation.
My kids were still up ... a Friday night, and they all pitched in. The 14 year old (Elizabeth) changed the sheets, the 17 year old (Shiela) bathed Mary, and the 12 year old (Warren) picked up all her toys and washed the ones that got spewed on.
Then at 1am she woke up with the croup. Warren was still up playing games. He came and lifted Mary for me and we went out on the porch and rocked her for about 20 minutes in the cool night air. IT WORKED! She slept threw it all. And didn't wake up the whole night! She got up about 9:30am. That cool night air really works for the croup. It was in the upper 40's. She was wrapped in a quilt and we wore jackets. It was so nice to be out of my bedroom, and visiting with Warren, nice kid.
I've been having a lot of contractions and they are very painful. I don't want to complain because I know there are bigger fish to fry out there. You all have such strength. Please say a prayer or two for me. They are not productive, of course, but they are painful. The hernia is protruding a lot now and the gastritis has really flared up. I haven't left my bedroom for very long at a time. I lay there crying, with a heating pad. I don't think I'm going to make it to mass tomorrow. That really bothers me. I know God understands. But it just feels like the last straw. You know?
Anyway... sorry to whine. Please say a Hail Mary for me, that I can handle this better.

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