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"Sick Valley" & a Virus!

August 7, 2008

I went to the doctor today. He’s a really nice guy…one of the heads of our home schooling group. However, as I joked with his assistant, I would much rather see him OUT of the office, thank you!

I have been sick for about a week and a half. Some days in bed. Some days not quite sick enough to stay in bed, but not well enough to stay up. It is dragging on…and I am dragging as a result!

Apparently, I have two things going on at the same time. I have a virus and I have allergies to stuff that lives in the region. He gave me an antihistamine (free – woohoo!) to help the symptoms for now. It could take up to another week and a half for the virus to clear.

The Native Americans from this region used to call this area “Sick Valley”. What does that tell you? They have identified organisms that grow here that make people sick. Even people from as close as two hours north of us notice it when they come down here.

So, I will just keep plugging along. Praise the Lord my lungs are clear! That was one concern that I had…that it might be turning into pneumonia; but Doc says it isn’t. I have some things to keep an eye out for. If they happen, then I will call him back up.

Prayers are very much appreciated. It looks like this is going to be an ongoing battle due to the area we live in. I did not used to get sick this often, nor this severely. So, for as long as our Abba has us here, this is life…unless He chooses differently. Dave often feels like he is fighting something and Elias has been getting sicker more frequently, too. *shrug*

I also had him check out one of my bug bites. For some reason, there are some bugs that I have a hemorrhagic reaction to. Not all of them, thankfully. He says I am, apparently, very sensitive to a number of things, including meds. He told me to take half doses of the antihistamine.

So, that is life for now. Tomorrow night we are doing something special for our son’s birthday. It is a surprise. Shhhh!!!

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