You see, I am sick. I hardly ever get sick. But I am miserable, stuck in bed with a headache that's more painful than I remember labor being (perhaps because I had an epidural, but still...) and my entire body just throbs and aches. And of course there's the nasty part... You know, the pukes and the like. Yuck yuck yuck.
I've noticed that I only get sick when I've been go go going with little sleep and too much stress. This last week or two has been just that. I've had so many projects, tests, and homework for school. I've had late nights of studying and long days at work standing on my feet all day. While my autoimmune disease has been behaving itself rather well as of late (little to no pain to speak of, hooray!) since I've been in bed for the last nearly 12 hours, I have been in more pain than I remember in years. Not fun.
But here's where the tender mercy comes in: I just kept thinking that after I got through last weeks homework, project, and study deadlines, and got through a fun Halloween with the kids (where I helped with Jonah's class party), and got through Magnus' birthday celebrations on Friday (we had a fun rainbow-themed party, pictures to come!) and got through my big biology test on Saturday morning, and then got through work on Saturday afternoon (which is where the first signs of sickness began) then I could have a few days of rest and recouperation. I mean, I was supposed to teach combined Young Women's today but luckily I have an awesome presidency that I can depend on and they were fine with taking over.
But you see, while I started to feel quesy the last hour of work, I made it home and into my bed and have been able to rest easy knowing that I can be sick in peace without worrying about all of the things I need to do. Complete tender mercy to me.
Anyway, I just thought I'd look on the bright side this time. It feels good :)
Oh, and I have to mention that I'm grateful for diet coke, as bad for me and as nasty as it is. My soda-free streak is over since that was the one thing that helped keep me awake so I could study. I'm hoping all of my studying paid off since I feel really good about my test! Hallelujah.