Friday, February 2, 2007

Same 'Ol, Same 'Ol

Not much to report from here. I am still sick and tired which means the baby is still doing well I assume. I will go in for an appointment around 11 weeks when they can listen for a heart beat. That will be a great day to hear the heartbeat and know that, at least for now, things are okay. There are never any guarantees, but hearing that little heartbeat is always reassuring.

I don't feel any better physically, but I am finally mentally coping a little better. I am trying to not dwell on the fact that I feel like I have a bad case of food poisoning or the stomache flu and just trying to function despite of it. I am starting to fall behind in things like laundry and house cleaning, but I am willing to give myself a little grace in those areas. Motivation is the hardest thing right now when I don't feel like getting off the couch.

I have been reading the blog of a woman who adopted two baby boys with dwarfism from Acres of Hope in Liberia this last year. She hadn't posted in a while, since before Christmas, and she just posted the other day saying that she, one of her daughters and one of her new sons all have Hepatitis A. She didn't say, but I assume she got it from Liberia which is pretty common. The baby who was on his death bed when she finally got him to the states, congestive heart failure from untreated pnemonia for so long, is in the PICU because he just had his adenoids and tonsils removed. I don't know if it is all related. Anyway, all that to say, that things could always be worse. At least my children are healthy and we have not been nearly as sick this year as we were the last.

I have been reading alot lately again. I go in waves. I am either reading all the time or not at all. I never just read once in a while. I have two books that people have loaned me that I need to read (I have started both, but haven't gotten very far) Teaching the Trivium and Hudson Taylor's biography. I instead have been reading a couple of books that I checked out from the library and feel more compelled to finish quickly before they are due. I already finished Francine River's, The Prophet, the story of Amos. It was pretty good, a novellla so it was a fast read. I am about 3/4 of the way done with, There Is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene, the story of AIDS in Ethiopia and one woman's response to the crisis. She was a widow and started taking in orphaned children with nowhere to go. It is a pretty powerful look at the devestation the disease has caused in one country. It has been a good read because it takes such a thorough look at the crisis from a historical, political, economic, moral and healthcare standpoint. I have learned alot and am gaining more compassion for the entire issue and all the repercussions that go along with it. I live in a pretty sheltered, Christian environment where the topic du jour is never the AIDS crisis in Africa and what should our Christian response be to it. I think that needs to change. I will definitely be posting more about this topic in the future.

That's all for now, I need to eat!!