A Quiet Evening…

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 7:54 pm by Libbie

Well, we were quite the picture around here tonight.

Last night Alden started feeling poorly at soccer practice, and sure enough he vomitted a couple of times during the night. Today he had a fever of 102.4 and did nothing but lie around on a cot in the living room (to be near Al, who was on the couch) alternately shedding and bundling up in the covers, drinking sips of gingerale and trying (thankfully successfully) to keep food down.

Al has felt mildly rotten all day. It could be he is getting what Alden has, or it could be a result of the radiation. I’m not sure which of those options to root for. We did take a walk around the block for the first time, and he was pretty winded by the time we got back, so he’s determined to do that more often to build up his stamina.

I have had allergies all day (maybe to seasonal pollen? maybe to dust from some wickedly dusty books I pulled off the shelves for Alden?) that struck with a vengeance and that paid not the slightest attention to the 24-hour antihistamine I took this morning.

So tonight while Eowyn was over at church helping to paint the senior high room, the other three of us sat around the coffee table (where we eat dinner nowadays since it’s most comfortable for Al to be on the couch) nibbling wearily at whatever food suited our digestive fortitude. Every now and then one of us would break the silence to note what a lively crew we were. 🙂

Still, there is something cozy about being in a warm house on a cool evening, waiting for the rain that’s forecast to start during the night. I think of homeless people in the city who must feel very differently about the coming rain. Or of families who would not want to sit in the same room with each other. We have a lot to be thankful for!

Early to bed tonight…



  1. Suzanne Leahy said,

    September 14, 2006 at 6:09 am

    Ah, the proper perspective is a beautiful thing! Thanks for the reminder…

  2. Jan Kreft said,

    September 16, 2006 at 7:29 am

    Oh dear – radiation, tummy bug and allergies … what a frightful combination, each in their own way attacking our basic functionings and feelings, you poor guys! Do hope that by now some of that is resolved and you’re feeling just a touch better. Challenges are great, but sometimes you just feel a little tired! Love you lots, Jan.

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