The Quarantine



Nothing is harder on a parent than seeing their child sick. It stresses me out like nothing else.

I have been in my home with my kids for well over a week now. We had a "big" snow (big for our area of North Carolina) last weekend which prevented us from getting out and about. This was really a blessing. I mean, the kids did get out and play in the snow some, which probably didn't help the sniffles, but boy did they have fun!

But now the sniffles have turned into coughs, fevers and pink eye. Thankfully the fevers are gone but the nasty congestion has remained. And every parent is different in how they deal with sickness. I have always tried to keep my kids at home while they are sick for 2 reasons: I don't want them to infect other children and I want their immune systems to build back up before having to go out and fight off more nasty viruses. I've been working around the clock to try to speed up recovery with my natural go-to's. And I know, this too shall pass.....

But it's still hard.

It's hard to hear them coughing in the middle of the night because they aren't sleeping, and now I'm not sleeping. I need rest too, if I'm going to be able to function and take care of them.

It's hard to know if you're doing the right things. Pretty much every source differs in information on treatment of coughs and colds. Or any illness, for that matter.

It's hard not to have any adult interaction for weeks at a time. I wish I didn't struggle with this, but I do. I am so thankful when my husband walks in the door at 7:30 but I'm almost too tired to even have a coherent conversation with him at that point. I miss people. I miss church. I miss Walmart, for crying out loud. Haha.



One of my favorite episodes of Road to Avonlea is called "The Quarantine." It's about a man named Alexander Abraham who has fallen ill with the smallpox. When the local busybody, Rachel Lynde, visits Abraham to ask about why his hired hand hasn't been attending Sunday School, she is unknowingly quarantining herself with him in his home. Then, by accident, 2 children from the community, Sarah and Felix, end up quarantined with them as well. The four people in that home couldn't have been more different. The entire episode revealed how these very different people learned to not only get along but they ended up really enjoying each other's company. The aggravation and inconvenience of a quarantine actually ended up being the biggest blessing. They all made it through the smallpox outbreak and went back to their normal lives, but they had a different appreciation for each other after that.

I know that might seem a little goofy, but that's how I want to look at this time with my family. As a blessing. Sometimes I wonder what good could come from sickness, but time does slow down. And in this busy world we live in, slowing down is just what we need sometimes. I wouldn't trade these days in with my babies for anything. Sick or not. And though it does stress me out to have sick babies, I know I can trust God for my every need and their every need.

I love what Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-20. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me......And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.


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