Well, I still haven't taken the time to figure out a solution for uploading more pictures, but pictures aren't necessary (or really desired) for this post.
I developed mastitis (an infection that you can get while breastfeeding) on Wednesday. I've had it several times before and usually heed the early warning signs, which keeps it from lasting very long. Unfortunately, that has not been the case this time around.
Leading into this week, our family knew that this was a very busy week for Jim. He is in the midst (even as I type) of writing a final paper for each of his two courses this semester. Now these aren't just 5-6 page papers, these are 25-30 page research papers. Did I mention he is writing 2 of them? Since I do lots of math with Joel these days (that's how he likes to pass time) 30 two times is 60, yes 60 pages of researched knowledge my husband is in the midst of writing! This is all due next weekend. Oh, Jim is also directing our church's Christmas Music Festival this weekend which has rehearsals all morning on Saturday and 2 performances on Sunday (at 2:00 and 4:00 at TKW for any locals). Needless to say, this week and next week are both easily in the top 5 busiest weeks all year for Jim. They might even be 1 and 2.
So back to this past Wednesday, I thought I had a bruise, but should have known better that it was mastitis just starting. ugh! The kids and I decorated the Christmas tree and by lunch I was adding another sweater on top of my sweater. The temp outside had dropped, but I shouldn't have been that cold. Hello, fever, you were not invited into this week! Fast forward to 8:30pm, I was shaking I was so cold (but my skin was hot), so I went to bed with so many layers and blankets on that it is just not even close to normal. I never go to bed that early either!!!
I spent all day in bed on Thursday! Here comes the amazing husband part... Jim stayed home to take care of the kids! Jim loves being with our kids, but this week he doesn't have the time to take a whole day away from work or school, let alone both! Then Friday comes and I'm still not better. Thankfully our great friend, Danielle, took both of our kiddos grocery shopping with her this morning (she gets an award for doing that willingly!!) so Jim was able to do some work.
Clearly, since I'm sitting up long enough to write this blog, I'm improving. I'm still not 100% healed. I need to keep up my regiment of drinking fluids and resting, but I feel like I'm on the mend.
I'm so grateful for all of our family and friends (many of whom we consider family) for their love, prayers, and support for us. Even though it's no fun to be sick, it is comforting to know my kids are still in great hands.
I'm off to bed now...