Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Best Laid Plans

 

My favorite place to nap!

The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. ~Psalm 41:3

It seems like forever since I've posted a blog, but I do have, what I would deem, valid excuses.  Not wanting to advertise that Danny and I are going out of town to St. Simon's Island to visit with my brother and his family for his birthday, my plan is to post all about it when we return home last Monday.  But as we know, the best laid plans of man don't always align with God's.

I wake up Tuesday morning with a persistent, dry cough.  This definitely doesn't seem normal to me.  And remembering my bout with pneumonia last year when I failed to seek timely treatment, I decide to make an appointment with our local Urgent Care.  I'm anxious to find out, especially after our days of traveling, if I could have somehow contracted Covid while on the journey.  Just so you are aware, I've had two shots and two booster since the "vaccine" was available.  I know that doesn't make anyone immune to the virus, although it can certainly reduce the bad effects of the virus should one get it.

I take both a rapid Covid test along with one for the flu.  My initial suspicions, unfortunately, come to fruition.  I do have Covid, and I'm sent home with a prescription for Paxlovid.  But, oh, I'm so worried about Danny catching the virus from me!  With his heart issues, I'm praying the vaccines he's taken will provide a shield of immunity for him.

Of course, the inevitable - Danny gets tested, and the results are positive.  The good news is, his symptoms, like mine, are mild, and he's only beginning to experience the overwhelming fatigue that has plagued me from the onset of the virus.  The only drawback is he has to go off his Staten drug, which he has done, in order to safely take Paxlovid.  He finally was able to start that regimen today.

We are so grateful that neither of us is seriously ill.  And, in a way, it is a relief to have finally contracted Covid so our bodies will develop natural immunities, which we all know are much more effective than any vaccine could be.  Sure, there are some folks who've contracted the virus more than once, but in our cases, that's a possibility we won't worry about in advance.

Instead, we will praise the Lord and give thanks to Him in all circumstances, trusting that He will restore us to full health in His time.

Amen!

(Posting in the near future will all depend upon how I'm feeling.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, my friends!)


50 comments:

  1. Take care and rest. Keeping you and Danny in my prayers. My son went to a wedding last weekend and most everyone got Covid including him. Thankfully Gabby and James have not gotten it. ((Hugs))

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers, Debby! Hope you son recovers soon; I'll be praying for him.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Martha, do take care! I had it last September (came down with it on my birthday). I, too, had two shots and two boosters; in fact, I'd gotten my second booster six weeks before, almost to the day (we know several people who came down with it six weeks after the second booster). It was like having a bad cold, but, thanfully, no worse than that. And my wife dodged it. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. I'm already starting to feel better, Glynn, thanks to the Paxlovid. Yes, a bad cold describes it perfectly, although I'm feeling like I've been spared the worst, only suffering from the weariness at the moment. I'm so glad Janet never got it, and that you were able to get over it in a timely fashion.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. I totally get your 'nap nest'! Thank you for your experience so candidly, Martha. Prayers continue for the two of you.

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    1. Thank you for the continued prayers, Myra. We are doing better than I would have expected those in our age group to fare with this illness. Here's to continuing to improve!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Martha: I understand where you are at in this 'feeling like doing things' drama. I am right with you on this. The good news is that you were able to ger something to take. My doctor told me mine was viral caused and I had to 'let it run it's course.' One year I had the flu and was told the same thing. I was down with it for one month. I will be praying for you.

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    1. Cecelia, I thought Covid was a virus - am I mistaken? I'm sorry your doctor couldn't offer anything to ameliorate the symptoms, but so happy that you made it through successfully. Our bodies are amazing machines, aren't they?
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Oh, I'm so sorry that Covid caught you. I got it for the first time right before Christmas. It was rough for a couple days, but Paxlovid kicked in for me and really reduced my symptoms fast. Thankfully I've had no long-haul symptoms and I pray you and Danny won't either. Jeff and I stayed the weekend at St. Simon's Island in January for a Christian seminar at Epworth by the Sea. So lovely!

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    1. Oh, Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear that Jeff and you fell prey to this dread illness, but thank goodness Paxlovid came to the rescue! We are hoping, too, that we won't have any residual symptoms.
      And yes, St. Simon's is a beautiful and romantic place to visit any time of the year. So glad y'all got to visit!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. So sorry but glad it is mild, take care Martha! -Christine cmlk79.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I'm glad it's mild, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Posting is not the issue. Getting well is. I pray you and Danny both get well quickly. I'll stay away from political statements. :)

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    1. I hear you, Bill, loud and clear. I'm a bit better today, though I just had an almost 2 hour nap. Thanks for the prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Not seeing posts or comments means it's time to pray for you two, because I know something is up my friend. Been praying; continuing to do so. God's blessings.

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers, J. D. They mean the world to us.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Praying for you and Danny that you may soon recover and in good health. Take it easy for a few days and take care. Best wsihes always, Martha.

    God bless you both and your family.

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    1. I will definitely be taking it easy, Victor. Thanks so much for the prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Oh no, I am keeping you and Danny in prayer. I am so so sorry you both are ill.

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    1. Me, too, Linda, but I keep reminding myself that this could be so much worse. Thanks for the prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Praying for you both right now, that your recovery is full and soon.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Barbara. Yours and the prayers of others must be working as I'm feeling much, much better today! I will be sure to visit your blog today.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Sorry to hear that you and Danny got covid but glad it is mild. Will send some prayers your way for a full and fast recovery. Take care and take it easy. Best to you both.

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    1. Thanks so much, Bill! Keep them coming; I'm feeling better today, but Danny is still dragging a bit.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Praying for you both.

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  14. I'm so glad to hear from you and to know that you both have a mild case of Covid, but still I know that is bad enough. There has been so much of it going around here in our area. Our church had quite a few out in the past couple of weeks. Thankfully I did not have it but did have a bad case of laryngitis and sinusitis. Thankfully I am better now. Praying for you both to get well soon, but give yourself time and just REST! That's the best thing you can do!

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    1. Rest us exactly what we've needed, Pamela. I'm so very glad to hear that you have gotten over your bouts with laryngitis and sinusitis - those are not illnesses anyone would welcome! Slowly but surely, thanks to prayers, we are both on the road to recovery.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Martha, so sorry to hear you and Danny did test positive for Covid, but thankful your symptoms were mild. Same thing with me and Mike. We both tested positive in January 2022. Although we felt pretty rough, it was mild compared to what can happen. But yes, the fatigue stayed with me the longest. Pray you recover from that soon. God bless.

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    1. Even a mild case isn't fun, Karen, but at least all of us now have some natural immunity to the virus, and that's good news for down the road. With all the traveling y'all do, I'm not surprised that Covid caught up with you.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. Feel better my friend. Hugs. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Regine! Today is the first day that I've felt anything near normal.
      Love and blessings!

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  17. Bom dia, Martha
    Orando pela vida de vocês, o Senhor abençoe em todo tempo, um forte abraço.

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  18. Thanks so much for your prayers, Lucinalva!
    Love and blessings!

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  19. Mixed feelings come with your post, dear friend. I'm sorry you and Danny are having to deal with Covid, but grateful to God that the symptoms aren't so severe. Having Covid for Christmas is becoming a Christmas tradition for us. I've had it two years in a row and last Christmas Diane joined me. Our prayers for healing grace join those offered by your many fans and are accompanied by our faith that God will inspire you and encourage you as the healing process unfolds.

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    1. Thanks so much for the prayers, Ron - yes, we are both steadily improving and encouraged by the prayers and well-wishes of so many of you out there. I had no idea that Diane and you had Covid, but I'm ever so grateful you were spared what could be the worst of this illness. Maybe as time goes by, the virus will continue to lessen in its intensity until it is no more serious than the common cold.
      Love and blessings!

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  20. I'm so sorry you and Danny caught Covid, Martha, but very glad you sought treatment right away. SMART. May your cases be brief but still build up lots of immunity! Nap hearty, my friend!

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    1. I have been napping with no apology, Nancy, as it certainly has improved my overall well-being and helped me to heal. I'm truly feeling back to normal, and Danny isn't far behind me. I should be completely Covid-free by this coming Thursday. Hooray!
      Thanks so very much for your thoughts and prayers.
      Love and blessings!

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  21. I am so sorry you are both ill. I will be praying. I am sorry you can not go on that trip. Get your rest, it is the best medicine. Thank you for your visits to me. I have had my allergies and sinus issues and just feeling blah. So I am moving slower and resting more. Take care and I will be praying for both of you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Anne! We are feeling so much better; in fact, Danny is at the store right now. We are feeling blessed. I hear you about allergies and sinus issues - not fun!!! Do get rest and take it easy, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  22. Martha, bless your dear hearts! I am so sorry to hear that you and Danny are so sick. May Jesus lay His healing hand on both of you speedily.

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  23. Thanks so much, Cheryl! God has had His healing hands on us, and we are feeling enormously improved. Because of this health interruption, I may have to take more time before I post about your book, but I know you'll understand.
    Love and blessings!

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  24. Dear Martha, praying you and Danny are both much better. Healing in the mighty name of Jesus, dear one!

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    1. Thanks so much, Beckie! Unfortunately, it seems I've taken two steps backward in the recovery arena; feeling lots of drainage and discomfort. The doctor assured me to just treat one symptom at a time, so that's what I'm doing.
      Praying mightily for you, too, dear friend!
      Love and blessings!

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  25. Do take care, dearest Martha.
    Prayers rolling for the both of you 🙏

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    1. I'm trying to, Veronica. The prayers really help!
      Love and blessings!

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  26. Hi Martha Jane, very sad to hear of what you have and are going through, but I totally agree with you about our immune system, and also about Psalm 41 verse 3. I have gone through many trials regarding sickness, and have been brought through them, I have also had healing through prayer. It is also right not to worry about things reoccurring in the future, as He (our Lord) holds our future and His plans are for our welfare and not to harm us. 'Take every thought captive and bring it into obedience to the Word of God' has come into my mind. God bless you both with all God has for us in Jesus.

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    1. Amen, Brenda, and thanks for your prayers! I've so appreciated the prayers of everyone, as I know they are helping more than I can know.
      Love and blessings!

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  27. I am sorry to hear you two were infected. Fortunately, both of you have a mild case. Take care.

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    1. Thanks! We are so much better now, although I'm still sleeping a LOT!
      Love and blessings!

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