I have a tongue in cheek theory.
Surely most of you are shaking your heads over that title. How can something so miserable as a wicked cold actually be a gift, much less one from God?
Unlike some, I do NOT think of God as a vengeful God, probably because I kind of skimmed through the Old Testament. However I do believe He is a teaching God and frankly, the common cold delivers one of his better lesson plans. You will also notice there is no cure for this age old ailment? He is one smart deity.
Sometimes we tend get whiny about how we are feeling, especially us older sorts. This or that hurts, need new glasses, crab about actors that insist on whispering and just don't poop like Dr. Oz says we should ( haven't mastered that curve yet). Desperate times call for desperate measures and God pulls out his best attitude adjuster--the wicked cold.
What colds accomplish is to nudge us into appreciating whatever our health situation was prior to the cold. Suddenly those age related health problems that we are meant to live with don't seem so bad after all by comparison.
Recently I allowed myself to get a bit upset about some annoying aliments like my arthritis, along with the mild but lingering pain in my rotator cuff and my newest friend, tennis elbow. Hey, I don't even play tennis. That latter one got me grousing that I was disintegrating.
He obviously got tired of my whining and knew I needed an attitude adjustment so He leveled me with the "gift" and plunked a doozy of a summer cold on me. It made me quickly realize those relatively new aches and pains are a piece of cake compared to the miseries of a nasty cold.
Funny how we forget just how much fun colds are. The forgotten reality contains a raw throat, a nose that feels sandpapered down to the last layer, coughing violently till I swear I've developed a one pack from all the core work coughing provides. Surely I must have broken a rib.
And come on, making me pee my pants while exercising my core like that is demoralizing. Sneezing 9 times in a row (peed my pants), then to start sneezing again once I have caught my breath, only to pee my pants yet again. Rinse and repeat. Sheesh!! I was running out of undies and yes, panty shields are on my shopping list.
However, this gift works quite effectively. After burying me for several of days in a black tunnel of misery, I am coming out the other side, not well yet, but MUCH better. Now I am WAY more appreciative of my normal, actually quite acceptable, age related health. I can handle this minor achy stuff now standing on my no longer stuffy head. Boy am I lucky.
|The actual bra stuffing was a much earlier post.|
I haven't been around to read your posts for several days as I was wallowing. Since I am feeling hugely better so I will try to catch up on my reading----and my laundry.
Stay healthy. I plan to.
WELL CRAP!!! I may need to rework my theory though I'm fairly sure the devil had a hand in this latest event. God wouldn't "nudge" a person twice in one week would He? Especially since the lesson was learned so well the first time. However I now think it might not hurt to give the Old Testament a closer look.
Beware of apple sized holes in the ground about this time of year. Both Callie and I were attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets pouring out of the ground as we walked close to such an innocent looking hole hiding amongst some flowers.
Yellow jackets are in-ground, bee looking wasps with a nasty sting and they are a super aggressive species. Callie and I took about 4 hits apiece and yes, I can still run when I have to.
We both took Benadryl and are now wearing long faces. Poor Callie, she was just starting to feel frisky again. Come to think of it, so was I.
Neither of us are showing allergic reactions so I'm sure we will be fine soon if uncomfortable. Just wish I could let Callie know that. She looks so confused by all the sore spots she is tending. At least this time when I tell her "I feel your pain," it's the truth. This too shall pass.
Anyone know a good way to safely get rid of yellow jackets? I just tried the glass bowl over the hole in the dark trick. Boy are they mad. Somehow, that seems too simple to work. I am really hoping they don't have an exit.
I am open to suggestions, hopefully tried and true.