High Five for Friday #14: Hurray for Antibiotics
I would give you a high five right now (because it's Friday, yay!) but it would hurt, so let's just nod and smile at each and save the high-fiving for a few days. Why would it hurt? You're sweet for asking. Let me show you:
I turned the color way up so you could see the red streaks. All that, going all the way up to my elbow is from a tiny infection in a cut on my thumb. I cut myself at work on Wednesday and this was how my arm looked Friday at dinner time. Because of the heat and humidity here, small wounds can turn septic very quickly and this one gave me a dose of my own mortality. Without antibiotics, something like this could kill a person. Luckily, I do have antibiotics and they're already working. I still don't have the full use of my hand but it's on the mend.
As long as we're talking about medical things, I thought I would share that the referral for Fire's hernia repair was approved! That's a big deal for us because it means that the company will pay for his and D's plane tickets to Hono and give them a per diem while they're there for the surgery. That would have been a real struggle financially for us so I'm so thankful that it came through. The referral office is trying to get him appointments at the children's hospital in early July but we won't know their final travel dates until late next week.
Since D decided to quit our season of fasting, I decided to mix things up a little. The fourth fast was alcohol and it wasn't really a challenge for me. I'm not a big drinker anyway so cutting out one beer in the evenings didn't affect me that much. Socially, it was a little strange to have to tell people that I wasn't drinking but most of my friends know about the fast, so they just teased me a little and let it be.
The fifth fast was supposed to be an internet fast but I didn't think that would be very challenging and I'm feeling ready to test myself. And this one will be a big test for me: no sugar for six weeks. By no sugar, I really mean no sweets. I'm still going to eat bread that's been made with sugar and have D chili even though he put a little brown sugar in it. For six weeks I'll be saying goodbye to these good friends:
Coffee creamer (and by extension coffee because coffee without creamer is gross), TicTacs (for fixing coffee breath), ice cream, Mio (water flavoring), chocolate in all its forms, breakfast smoothies, juice, mixed drinks, any breakfast food that's served with syrup, hard lemonade... I could go on for a while longer but I think you get the point.
I love sweet foods. They're my comfort and this is going to be a real challenge for me to not turn to them simply out of habit. Wish me luck!
How was your week? Did anything exciting happen? Did you do anything out of the ordinary or was it just another week?
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