down and out in Beattyville…

sick smileyGreetings once again from the home of the sick and in-firmed.  For what seems like the millionth time this winter my family and I have fallen prey to sickness.  We were actually starting to think that things were getting better.  We had gone almost three whole weeks with no illness and happy moods.  The family felt so well, in fact, that last weekend my wife and kids loaded up and headed to to Pittsburgh to spend time celebrating a late Christmas with all the in-laws.  While they were gone I missed them terribly and couldn’t wait for my beautiful wife and sweet kids to come home to me.  Little did I know that they would be bringing back a fun stomach virus with them.

On the way back from Pennsylvania, the bug hit Erin’s Mom and then on Tuesday hit her dad.  We kept praying that it wouldn’t hit our family, but by Tuesday evening my sweet little Maeven was running a temperature and not doing well at all.  Then on Wednesday morning Erin and Maeven were feeling the full effects of the virus.  I made a few phone calls and took the day off of work to help nurse my family back to health.  It was a rough day to say the least and I kept praying and praying they would get better and I wouldn’t get sick.  At 6 a.m. on Thursday morning it became clear that my prayers were not to be answered and I too caught the bug!

So, for the last part of this week the Owens family has been quarantined to our home where we have been battling a demon stomach virus that has totally worked us all over.  I don’t know why we keep being so susceptible to illness this winter, but I think it’s a combination of up and down temperatures outside, and also not getting enough time after an bug for our immune systems to recoup before being exposed to something else.  Whatever the case may be as we are once again starting to move towards feeling better, I am praying hard that this will be the end of it, and we  will be moving into a much healthier and happier season!

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