A few days back I got a strange but intense itching and irritation on my lip. At first it was just really annoying. Then I realized what it was. I was going to have a full-out, not fun cold sore for Christmas. I was not excited. Then I remembered that essential oils help cold sores most when they are just starting. I treated my poor lip with enough OnGaurd that my tongue started to go numb. Three days later and not an itch, bump, or sign of any sort of sore at all! Horray for OnGuard!
Spent Thanksgiving with family, but this year we were especially grateful to have my uncle with us. He has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and did not know if he would be with us this year. Not only was he with us, but his numbers are down so far they are re-evaluating his status. It was good to have him with us and doing well.
Today I am grateful for metalworking and everyday tools. It is so simple, and I take it so for granted.
Last week my son did something he was told not to do and ended up with a leg full of splinters from a rotting board. I am still in the process of pulling well over 100 splinters out of his leg. I am grateful that I have the medical understanding to prevent infection from the bad wood, and today I am equally grateful that I had easy and immediate access to a needle, tweezers, good lighting and even corrected eyesight. I have no idea how people lived without even those most basic tools. Probably many of the smaller splinters would have just festered and who knows what may have happened to his leg, and I would have been powerless to do anything.
I decided to help celebrate National Mental Health Awareness month. Didn’t realize I would spend most of Monday advocating for an individual to get the mental health treatment they needed, and part of today helping another access a mental health grant. I actually quoted this talk to convince the consumer yesterday to accept help. He especially was able to relate to the statement that you would treat a broken arm or appendicitis with the best medical care possible, and that we need to do the same with our mental health. 🙂 Anyhow, thought I’d share Elder Holland’s talk from Saturday. It was great timing. Click on the link below to watch the entire talk. Tomorrow I’m going to be contacting our local library system to inform them that their collection of consumer and family focused mental health literature is practically non-existent, and present them with a list of some of the more nationally recognized books that they do not carry. Some days it is our job to be our own miracles.
Okay, so today’s “miracle” is almost too silly to mention.
About a year or two ago my husband started getting more gray hairs. Not quite enough to dye, but noticeable. At 43/44 that was not too abnormal. What is abnormal is that I can’t find them any more. His hair looks like it did about five years ago, just a few here and there. They have almost completely gone back to his original hair color. Could someone please explain to me what is going on! Not that I am complaining, but I have no idea why this is happening. We have our suspicions, but medically it is not supposed to work that way. He is also getting thinner and he is getting his energy back. Cool.
I’m not sure we really understand growth on any level, so that is why it is my miracle for today. I watch my “baby” outgrow his clothes, and learn to read, and get along with others, and I stand in awe. I’ve not heard a really good, scientific explanation of how our body knows how to grow where, and how fast. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, we all grow and develop constantly. How do we do this? We understand it is a part of life, everything around us grows – it is a sign of life itself, yet we can not control it or create it. When we plant something we can provide the conditions for growth, but then the best we can do is stand back and watch.
Yesterday my six year old spent several hours crying due to growing pains. She also went through pain as she lost a baby tooth, allowing for her larger, adult tooth to come in properly. As I watch growth around me, I can learn that growth of all types involves pain, stretching, and a better result at the end. Couldn’t growth be categorized as God directing our paths to something larger and better than before?
As a parent, I sometimes wonder how often our children are preserved from harm without our even realizing or acknowledging it.
Yesterday my 5 year old swallowed a hard candy and actually started choking on it. I must admit I panicked a little bit as he had his hands up near his throat, started jerking, and I heard a faint “I’m choking.” I knew enough to understand that if he could say anything he wasn’t completely out of air, but I also knew that this kid wouldn’t whisper the word “choking” just for fun. I didn’t want to use any drastic measures if he could still get some air in, but he had a look of sheer terror on his face and was definitely having some difficulty breathing. Fortunately his gag reflex was alive and well and he also looked like he was trying to throw up. I brought him over to the sink and told him to go ahead and try to throw up. He started to turn pale, then suddenly out popped a life saver candy he had stolen from his sister. Thank goodness for gag reflexes! I suspect that for a while he was only breathing through the hole in the middle of the candy, which was also a blessing. First thing he said is “I won’t do that again!”
I was a little extra on edge because I had just heard about a local 10 year old who had a peanut allergy, and had accidentally eaten something with peanut oil in it. The parents had to make the decision to take him off of life support and he had not made it. One day he was running in the local track meet, the next day he was gone. It can be that quick. I’m so glad it was not my turn to go through that.