Hope Wissel

Blessing in the Form of a Virus


I can’t believe it has been two weeks since the dreaded gastrointestinal virus hit me.  I am happy to say that I am NOW feeling 100%.  This may sound crazy but I thank God for the virus – and not in a sarcastic way.  I learned some valuable lessons during those days of physical weakness.  A weakness that I can’t remember ever having.

Here is what happen:  It was Friday morning about 5AM when it all began.  I had that sick feeling and got up headed for the bathroom.  In my head, I got to the bathroom floor where it was cool waiting for the feeling to leave or to be sick.  All of a sudden the light came on, hubby was calling my name and I felt water next to my face or at least I thought it was.  The reality was that I “kissed” the floor with a thud and my nose was bleeding.  Yup, that slow get to the floor movement was actually me passing out.  As hubby helped me up, the next few hours were a blur.  The virus hit full force and I was weak.  I needed help to get in and out of bed.  I couldn’t get up to get even a glass of water.  The smell or even the thought of food made my stomach turn.  To say the least, I spent the next 2 days in bed being taken care of by my hubby.  Sunday, I ventured to work for a few hours.  Okay, not the smartest thing but I was going stir crazy.  Hubby drove me to and from work.  On Monday,  I was weak. On Tuesday, we went to the doctor who told me it could be another 5 days before I got my full strength back.  UGH!  It took time.  It took patience.  It took help.  

I believe that through all of this God helped me to learn some important lessons especially in my marriage.  I have always been the care taker.  The person who takes care of everyone else WITHOUT thinking of my own needs.  I mean as a single mom who has time to be sick, right?  When hubby got sick, it was easy to fall into the role of caretaker.  Crazy, but I always thought I needed to be in that role to be liked or even loved.  So, as hubby helped me up on Friday morning and tended to my every need – I felt a tug at my heart.  A God wink.

In those few days of total weakness, I learned how to truly lean on someone else.  I prayed that God would help me – make me better.  I mean, hubby will tell you that I am the WORST patient.  God did help me to get better but he taught me a lesson or two along the way.

  1. Marriage is a partnership and it is okay to be the one that needs help once in awhile.
  2. Taking care of myself is important in order to be able to take care of others.
  3. I do not have to do everything myself.  I am accepting help even when it is hard.  Even when the groceries are not put away in the right spot.
  4. Take time to read for pleasure, for business and to connect with God
  5. I am grateful to be in a loving marriage with a hubby who truly loves AND cares for me.
  6. An added bonus – the sweets that I have been mindlessly snacking on have lost their appeal.

Did I hate being sick?  Of course, but I am grateful for the lessons God taught me.  Take time today to reflect on what YOU are thankful for today.

What are you grateful for today?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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