Saturday, May 23, 2009

Drano is Starting to Look Really Good (And Other News)

So, I realized I haven't mentioned my epic battle with death lately.  If you recall, I recently went through a bout of the plague.  At least, that's my opinion.  Actually, I'm convinced that it was whooping cough, after being tipped off by an alert reader.  I laughed then, but upon reading the symptoms, I'm pretty sure that is what I have (had).  I do feel infinitely better, but still have coughing fits a couple of times a day, which generally end in me gagging.  Very attractive.  

Right now, the worst part seems to be my throat.  I don't have a sore throat or anything, just this icky, thick coat of slime there.  (Aren't you so glad you stopped by today?!?!  LOL!!)  I can just feel it when I swallow or lay down.  It's really nasty and nothing I do seems to help.  So I'm thinking that Drano might just be my only option to clear up that crud.  The only thing stopping me is that, apparently, I might die.  Well, I'd probably die.  So I guess Drano's out and I will just have to struggle along with my slimy throat.  Anyone have any ideas that don't involve industrial-strength chemicals?

In other news, it's hot here.  Really hot.  Yesterday we got in the car after church (around noon) and it was 117 degrees.  It's so hot the toilet tank in my bathroom is hot from the water inside of it.  It's so hot I can hang my clothes out to dry and they are done in 20 minutes.  It's so hot...well, you get the picture.

I'm hoping that things have settled down here with regards to the number of families leaving town.  In case you missed it, throughout this week several families have gotten called in and been  asked (well, told, really) to leave the country.  The only common denominator is their faith.  The number of families from our House is 6, but there are more from other Houses.  I'm thankful that they are handling it with grace and still able to show love when they are being treated unfairly.  The last youth group of the year was the other night and it was a real tearfest.  Half the group will be leaving, as well as the couple that is in charge of it.  Next year will definitely be a time of rebuilding.

And in my final little bit of information that you probably couldn't care less about, we're going shopping today for a dress for Emily.  Not just any dress, mind you, but her 8th grade prom dress.  The thought of my baby going to any kind of a prom, let alone WANTING to wear a dress just knocks me for a loop.  I really can't believe that she'll be going into high school in just a short while.  It was just yesterday that she was asleep in my arms, that she was swinging on the playground, that she was taking naps.  Oh, how I long for the days of naptime!!!  Don't you all agree that teenagers should still take naps?  Perhaps it would improve their mood a bit?  Just an idea.

Well, that's the update around here.  Please continue to pray about the House situation if you remember.  I've heard stories that it may not yet have completely played out, so their are other families who may still have their lives turned upside down.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!


Debbie said...

Lori, please don't drink the Drano! You will get better. I just know it. LOL. It's been a while since I visited your blog. Sorry about that; been very busy. Aren't we all?

I made a new friend in AZ who is a new blogger. Her name is Ev and she used to live in the MidEast. I'm going to send her a link to your blog as she was so excited to learn that I knew of someone who is blogging from that region of the world.

I'm sorry to read about many families being asked to leave. When I can I will try to catch up on your news.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried taking Mucinex? Or it's generic (which I actually like better.) Take it for several days (being sure to drink lots of water) and it should loosen everything up and help you get rid of it.

Ev said...

Lori, Hi, I'm the Ev that Debbie mentioned. I read your most recent blog, and I can only imagine what you are feeling right now.

You can find my blog at or email me at:

As Debbie mentioned, I lived in Amman, Jordan for 6 years (1980-1986). My (now ex-)husband is Jordanian and went to work for Royal Jordanian Airlines (Alia at the time). We lived with his family, and God blessed me so marvelously while I was there. My son, Eyad, is currently living in Amman, and is a pilot with RJ.

It is so good to "meet" you and I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog.


Tracye said...

Praying for you!!!

Leeann said...

I agree with your anonymous commenter, Lori. Mucinex is the best for breaking up that thick drainage you have going on.

Hope you can find it or something like it there. Just tell the pharmacist that you need something to thin and break up drainage and congestion.

Erica said...

For temporary relief, I think a cold Diet Coke helps. It probably has just as many chemicals as Drano. :) Maybe it's just a placebo, but it works for me.

Nancy M. said...

I have a similar problem. Can't get rid of the ickiness in my throat, it's been driving me crazy! Maybe mucinex would work. Hope you'll get rid of it! I also hope everything works out with your House!

kate o. said...

i bet if you reinstated mandatory nap time for everyone your crud would clear up immediately ;)

i'm all about nap time.

and totally random, but i was browsing through a design magazine and your school was in there as one of the top best designed schools in the world. i must admit the pictures of it were great!

Sheryl said...

i am reading through your blog here for the first time. had to comment and thank you for the laugh. love your sarcasm, your description of your throat (yuck) and the joke about drano.

i am fascinated as i read and i still don't know what has taken you to the middle east, but i plan to find out.


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