This is the worst sickness I have seen in our family for a long time. I have done my best to keep up with laundry, but I am incapable! I can only do one load at a time (and a small load at that).
I am out of clean blankets. I am out of clean crib sheets. AND, my hot water heater is out of order! This evening we came home from a trip to town (with two kids and carseats needing to be cleaned up) and the hot water is completely running cold. The pilot light is out, and cannot be re-lit. (Paul says we need a new thermo coupler) We cannot get it fixed until tomorrow... some time.
I am praying through this... I am claiming the power of God through His promises in Scripture to give me the strength I need to get through this. The girls have been in bed since 10, and are puking every 15 minutes (all over themselves, never in the can provided). I may not sleep at all tonight.
Please, do not think that I am whining. That is not my intention. To stay up all night and clean their sheets, their faces, and their bottoms is my labor of love to them - and I will do it as unto the Lord!
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col 3:23-24 (KJV)I am very concerned about Lydia. She is only up to 25th percentile weight. In the past her sicknesses have nearly killed her (and I am not exaggerating).
I started writing this at 12:43 am. Before I finished writing, Nelson began puking. That means, I have 4 puking children... no blankets, no hot water, and no sheets. The kids are being real troopers! They are all miserable, of course, but their attitude and speech seems to be accepting of this hard providence.
I am now quite certain that they have RotaVirus, I can tell by the smell. Nelson had Rota when he was 18 months old, and had to be taken to the ER... I will never forget the distinct smell.
I am trusting God for the strength to carry on without sinning. I am trusting God to do with my babies what He deems best.
Please pray for our family. Paul is awake now too, as three of them puking and crying at once was more than I could physically deal with. So far, Paul and I are well... except for my gagging from the smell...