Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lots of Rest - the Best Medicine

We had a small miracle occur in our household last night. Faith slept in her own bed until 6:30 in the morning. She woke up and I got her back to bed and she slept another couple of hours before I had to wake her for school. This morning I felt so well-rested that I didn't feel the need to sleep while Faith attended school. Last week, that's exactly what I did.

After seeing another doctor, actually a cardiologist, I found out my O2 saturation was down to 87% and I had pneumonitis. I was having major shortness of breath so I was concerned there was something going on with my heart. He told me to finish my antibiotics and get lots of rest. He also said it wouldn't be a good idea to walk Faith to school and back home. Thankfully, we were able to get someone from respite care to bring her to school and back. And while she was in school, I slept. On Friday Faith stayed home from school because she was coming down with a cold but we had respite care from 1-5 p.m. - I slept most of that time. We also had respite care for an overnight and even though I had a four hour nap, I was still able to sleep most of the night.

After all of my rest, I was finally feeling better over the weekend and I even felt like I had more energy. Unfortunately though, at my doctor's appointment on Monday, my O2 sat. was still below 90% and she could still hear "crud" in my lungs. She put me on another round of antibiotics and also tested my thyroid, iron and checked for mono.

I was a little discouraged after the appointment. I miss taking my daughter to school and chatting with her teacher's aid and the other moms of half-time kindergarten students. I am also just tired of not feeling well. Today, however, I didn't want Faith to miss another therapy appointment so I did get her there and it went well, despite the cold weather.

So while the apartment continues to not get cleaned, paper piles up waiting to get filed and respite care takes over bringing Faith to school, I will continue to rest. I will also continue to pray that Faith will have more nights of good sleep. It really is the best medicine.

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