Sunday, May 17, 2009

35

That's how old I am today. Craziness. 35 just seems way older than 34. Did you know that I will be considered 'high risk' if/when I get pregnant again, just because of my age? Yeah. Lovely.

As you know I was fasting. I broke my fast on Friday after 10 days. It was a pretty amazing time. I may talk about it more later. But, a run-down of the past few days...

Eissa got sick on Thursday morning and puked all day long. She was a great little patient, poor little thing. It's always so 'scary' when a child that age, who is too young still to grasp the concept of running to the bathroom or puking in a bucket. It just kind of comes out wherever they are, you know? Thankfully (insert by the grace of God), she always just happened to be standing on the tile floor whenever things came flying (except once when she got just a tiny, tiny bit on the couch, but she was already pretty empty by that point, so no damage done). I was cleaning all day, but she was fine by the next morning.

And then came Grady and Hadley. Thursday night, Joel and I were in bed just a little after 10pm. We were exhausted anyway, but Joel also had to get up at 5am and leave for a big test 2 hours away on Friday morning. We laid down, Joel got done praying and thanking God for our health, and then the gagging started. :) Ahh, the irony. Don't get me wrong...a little stomach virus now and then is still considered great health...I don't take it for granted that we are so very blessed. I just thought it was funny.

I heard it and Joel said that he thought Grady was just coughing. I have nurse ears. I can detect vomit noises from a mile away. They both had to have showers and bed changes. Thankfully, they are old enough now to realize the advantages of puking in a bucket, so the remainder of the night, we just emptied those...and they ended up sleeping better than initially expected too. We weren't up too many times.

So, the next day (we are now to Friday) we just laid around all day, with our trusty buckets close by. Eissa was fine at this point. Grady ended up being good to go by mid-morning. Hadley was still pretty puny. She puked a little in the morning, but by afternoon was done with that. But, she just laid around, very weak and still with a tummy ache all day. She even happily took a nap with her sisters that afternoon...while Grady helped me make cookies (to congratulate Daddy for passing his big test...yay!). Hadley finally ate a little bit of toast that night and was fine by Saturday morning.

And then it was my turn. At 5am Saturday morning...you guessed it. Same thing, just the adult version. I was sick as a dog and I HATE to vomit, but finally gave in and of course felt much better. I had nausea ALL DAY LONG and finally we ordered some Tagamet (my tummy just felt all ulcery...I just thought it would help and it did). I woke up with nausea twinges a couple of times during the night, but other than that I was fine.

This morning I had some more twinges and took another Tagamet, but other than just being incredibly weak, I've been fine. I ate some toast, had some watermelon, and even drank a bit of coffee type stuff (something hot sounded good). I really have no appetite at all, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow...if Joel is able to go in to Asas or not.

Poor Cass succumbed to the dreaded horror that is sweeping through our domain last night. Joel was up with her a few times from 11pm-3am. She's had a couple of other episodes, but seems to be mostly in the clear now.

Oh dear sweet Jesus, please spare Joel!! ;)

So, my birthday today has been 'interesting.' The kids brought me their cards (store bought even) and presents. I think it's been years since I got presents (we just aren't big present people, although we truly love it when it happens too). But that was fun...I got a cute shirt and a necklace.

I just left my room for the first time in 2 days about 10 minutes ago...I ventured out all the way to the living room. :) Weak, I tell you.

Although I do hate being sick, today (since the nausea is gone) has been a nice birthday. Not your typical go out to eat birthday, but a very, very relaxing one for sure. I've watched a whole 1/2 season of ER (hey hey...although how fun would it have been to have all my ETBU roomies here to watch it with me...Thursday nights were our favorite!!...Steph, Rice Chex would definitely be in order...hmm, that even sounds good...too bad they don't have that here in Brazil). I've done some reading. It's been nice. And of course I have the most amazing husband in the world who just let me relax (and who even got to play a couple hours worth of volleyball himself while the little girls were napping).

35. I am so getting old. It's so freakin' weird.

14 comments:

on an adventure said...

Happy Birthday! I'm getting older along with you! Isn't it funny how certain ages used to sound so old to us, and now that they are getting closer, they don't sound very old anymore??? We're definitely still strong. I find that I have more stamina now than I ever did.

Sad to hear you had to deal with the vomits in your family. I always think how blessed you guys are to be so healthy, and you are right that you still are a very healthy little group! I like the bucket idea. Corban is good at making it to the potty, Creed is working at it but not sick often enough to worry about it, and Carys has not vomited yet. I pray you feel stronger soon.

Sounds like you had a great birthday anyway!

Connie said...

Happy Birthday! 35...NOT OLD. Nausea is SO horrid. On our trip to Colorado going down the winding mountain I got so very sick and let me tell you....I had thoughts that if I died that day then it would be fine with me. That is one thing that makes me think twice about getting pregnant again...4 months of straight nausea with BOTH of my girls. I know, I know, it's worth it but OH my gosh.

Sorry you guys all go sick! At least it's over...but man, that's not fun.

Haley Frederick said...

That kind of made my tummy start turning. I'm super sensitive, though. Just makes me think about pregnancy. I need to read this the next time I want to get pregnant. :)
Happy birthday!!! 35 doesn't sound nearly as old to me as it once did. It's amazing how that happens. Glad you had a good, relaxing day.

Anonymous said...

35--you're just a baby--well maybe a toddler!

I tried to send you an e-card yesterday but must still have the old address in my address book. Please send me your current e-mail address. Thanks!

Sorry about all that sick stomach. Glad you all are better.

Happy Birthday!

Love,
Aunt Marilyn

Steph said...

Michawn. you are NOT 35. i don't know who taught you math but you're 29. i guess i'll have to give you a math lesson when you come back for a visit...oh and you can soooo borrow the "anne" movies:).

now repeat after me...

"i am michawn Madden Ebersole and I am 29. whoever thinks or says i'm am a different age...older...will need to disciplined."

there had to get that out. whew. someone tried to tell me i turned 35 on saturday but i QUICKLY corrected them so they know better.

Melissa said...

I know what you mean....I turned 36 in February.....there's something even worse about 36, because you're officially in your 'late thirties.' Now THAT'S depressing. AND, you have a whole NEW box to 'check'.....the 36-45 box. You're no longer 26-35. Its so sad.

The Brodines said...

Happy Birthday, Michawn!!! I love you. Sorry about your sick family, but I am glad you are all doing better.

You are a wonderful wife, mother and friend! I admire you and have learned so much from you. Blessings and much love!

Luke said...

Happy Birthday, and get well soon. My wife has been sick this weekend and I'm hoping I don't get it. It's no fun.

~Luke

Kecia said...

Happy Birthday...

May God bless you and grant you a life full of joy!!!

Derry said...

Happy (belated) Birthday my friend! I was shopping this morning, saw butter pecan ice cream and immediately thought of you.

I hope everyone is doing much better in the belly department.

And sometimes I'm slow, but I just did the math and you were somewhere around 30 when you had Grady. Girl, you don't know how that lifts my spirits!

Love to you,
Derry

Ali said...

Happy Birthday, you young thing! I think you are at the perfect age! So sorry to hear you guys have been passing around a yucky bug! Hope that the unwelcomed yucky bug is gone for good!

Sounds like you had a great relaxing birthday!

~ Ali

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry the kids and you have been sick. Wish I had been close enough to help. I could just see them being sick. Especially Eissa. I guess you just gave such a description of her. Glad you are all well now. I'm out of both schools. Hooray!!! Just waiting for my permanent teaching certificate now. I took Granny to the doctor today. She had a little something in her right lung - probably leading to pneumonia. She was really sick. So she came home and went to bed. It was that or the hospital. Mark graduates Sat. Then we will go to the lake for a cookout. I had the women's encouragement group here last night. Had a good group. The devotion was great. We had 14 here unless I forgot someone. Everyone left so Dottie had to sit in the swing. Miranda, Dottie, Anna and I sat on the porch and watched about 7 deer in the pasture for about 30 minutes until Anna made Dottie go home. Fun times in the country. Hope you are all doing well now. Tell Grady I'm going to send him some reading books now that I can go to the post office. I could never go during open hours while at school. The girls can enjoy the books and I'll have other things in there too. Give them big hugs for me. I sure miss you all. Glad Joel is doing so good at school.
Love,
Mama

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry the kids and you have been sick. Wish I had been close enough to help. I could just see them being sick. Especially Eissa. I guess you just gave such a description of her. Glad you are all well now. I'm out of both schools. Hooray!!! Just waiting for my permanent teaching certificate now. I took Granny to the doctor today. She had a little something in her right lung - probably leading to pneumonia. She was really sick. So she came home and went to bed. It was that or the hospital. Mark graduates Sat. Then we will go to the lake for a cookout. I had the women's encouragement group here last night. Had a good group. The devotion was great. We had 14 here unless I forgot someone. Everyone left so Dottie had to sit in the swing. Miranda, Dottie, Anna and I sat on the porch and watched about 7 deer in the pasture for about 30 minutes until Anna made Dottie go home. Fun times in the country. Hope you are all doing well now. Tell Grady I'm going to send him some reading books now that I can go to the post office. I could never go during open hours while at school. The girls can enjoy the books and I'll have other things in there too. Give them big hugs for me. I sure miss you all. Glad Joel is doing so good at school.
Love,
Mama

Anonymous said...

It made me enter another word verification just so it could send that LONG comment twice. Sorry about that.
Love,
Mama