- lotion-enhanced tissue
- Ricola cough drops
- a husband to bring home the cough drops & take out the trashbags full of dirty tissues
- herbal tea that tastes of cinnamon
- honey in the tea
- the microwave (or the stove & kettle) to heat the water for the tea
- decongestants recommended by the doctor
- the doctor
- insurance to pay the doctor
- a furnace
- the furnace being on and working properly
I think this sickness, annoying as it has been and continues to be, may be God's way of making sure I know it's okay and even good for me to rest and to do nothing. In the ordinary course of life, I believe rest is good but I don't necessarily believe it is good for me to rest. When I'm sick, though, I know I should rest, that it's the right thing to do. I tend to see that as a temporary state of affairs, though: the sickness departs, and at that point I ought to go back to doing and doing and doing. I've never been sick this long, and I've never rested so much. I'm learning. I just hope it won't take lifelong sickness for me to absorb the lessons of lifelong rest and an identity dependent on relationship, not accomplishment!
But thanks, God, for teaching me.