Friday, July 24, 2009

I have not blogged in a month...the longest break ever in the four and a half years I've been writing. Now there's so much to write but I can't do it all at once.
I started with bronchitis on July 1 and I haven't felt that well since. Slowly, day by day, things get better but it's slow. I'm not contagious but it just has worn me down. I get tired easily.
My daughter passed her nursing boards and starts her new job at Children's Hospital in the ICU on August 19th. Very exciting!
She signed the papers to buy a brand-new beautiful condo about two miles from our house yesterday. I sat there watching her signing paper after paper and I knew the next stage of my life is soon to begin. She won't be moving out until November or so, but I realize it will be here before I know it. I am happy for her and a little sad for me. I had hoped that she would stay at home until she got married but that is probably at least another 15 months or more away and she is so anxious to start her adult life. It is a very nice condo...1700 square feet with two bedrooms, two full baths, a study, living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room. ...bigger than our first house!
I'm bound to cry on moving day when I look at her empty room.
Michael and John are thrilled because now they will each have their own room.
I am struggling through a dry time in my spiritual life when prayer is sometimes difficult and I feel so discouraged about so many situations in my life.
But He is there.
With His quiet presence.

A blessed peaceful night to all....


Elizabeth Mahlou said...

This is sort of off the topic of your blog, but the information has helped so many people who USED to suffer from bronchitis that I must pass it along.

I had bronchial pneumonia three times as a child and thereafter was very susceptible to bronchitis -- most of the cilia in my bronchi tubes are long gone. Through most of my adult life, I suffered long bouts (months) of bronchitis to the point that it changed my voice quality to a very low almost male-sounding level. Nothing seemed to help.

Then, when I was 43 I ended up in Siberia in the winter, conducting a seminar for university and school administrators at a pansionat (what we might call a spa or sanitorium, with some differences). The regional minister of education dropped in and heard me coughing. I had had non-stop bronchitis for the past 18 months. "Why are you coughing?" she asked.

I told her I had bronchitis, and she asked why. Strange question! I just did, had had it seemingly forever.

"Nyet, nyet, nyet," (no, no, no) she interrupted. This is not possible. One should never have bronchitis for more than three days. She sent me to the pansionat's doctor, and, indeed, three days later the bronchitis was gone. That was 1993. I have never had more than an hour of bronchitis since.

They used something very simple: eucalytpus oil. I buy it in small bottles, easy to carry around in my purse, and sniff it if I feel a cough coming on. That might happen once every 6 months or so now, and it rarely takes more than an hour to "cure." I buy a lot of bottles because I keep giving mine away. The last one was to my admin assistant who had been out sick for three days with bronchitis and was taking some strong antibiotic. I suggested that she put aside the antibiotic for one day and test out the curative powers of eucalyptus oil. I noticed that she was not coughing the next day at work, and she did not need any more antibiotics or, for that matter, eucalyptus. (There's a reason that Hall's cough drops are so effective for many people: they contain eucalytpus oil. Inhaling the oil carefully -- I rub it on my skin and then sniff -- is far more effective.)

Now I have to add the caveat that I am not a doctor and American doctors might not agree with the approach of Soviet doctors or find some negative aspects to it, but it has worked for me and others, so if you are still suffering from bronchitis, it might be worth a try, or at least a discussion with your doctor.

Barb said...

Thank you Elizabeth...I'm going to try that!