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Sick Lessons
Saturday, February 6, 2016 by Susan Lyttek

Sunday, I went to church, worked for two hours and then gave a talk on Balaam’s donkey. Monday, I worked with Karl, made sure he got to NOVA on time, did chores and then went to tutor again. I was tired and busy, but I felt fine.

Tuesday, I woke up sick.

But that’s my teaching day at co-op. Because we had missed from the snow, I couldn’t bring myself to cancel. It would put the students too far behind. So I took cold medicine, brought plenty of cough drops and water, then restructured the lessons so that they did more of the talking. It went well. I came home, had something to eat and went to sleep.

Wednesday I woke up feeling a little better, so I did some laundry, went to my chiropractor appointment, and picked up a few things—including cold medicine and Kleenex—at CVS. Then I went home, made some soup, helped Karl review for the ACT, got him off to class on time and made dinner.

Do you see the cycle here? I get feeling a teeny bit better and I act as if all is normal?

After dinner, my body was having no more of the abuse. I started chilling. Then, I couldn’t get a good breath. I tried breathing in hot tea (which I couldn’t smell), menthol rub (that I couldn’t smell) and taking a hot, steamy bath with eucalyptus and lavender (which—you guessed it—I couldn’t smell), but nothing made me feel like I could get a full breath. The pressure both on my sinuses and in my chest was painful. Karl told me I was going to the doctor on Thursday.

I agreed.

But I also had commitments for Thursday so I hoped the doc could fix me up so I could meet them and go on with my schedule.

She instead gave me three prescriptions, a referral for a chest x-ray and told me to stay home and do nothing for the next 48 hours. “Minimum,” she insisted. “Drink liquids and rest.”

Somehow, I wish I could find a way to weasel out of that. It’s not that I have anything against liquids and rest. At certain times, I like both. But not when there are things to do and a list to accomplish.

God designed our bodies with a six to one ratio. We are to work six days and rest one. I probably haven’t been doing that.

OK, let’s do the math. Six days is 144 hours. Ideally, 8 hours of each day should be sleep. So that leaves a potential 96 work hours. Yes, some of that will be spent on bodily functions and non-work activities, but those are hours that you could, Scripturally, work. Every week needs 16 hours of purposeful rest.

As my current experience testifies, I have not mastered the balance.

Part 2 next week!

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6/10/2018

Learning from Tabitha
Susan Lyttek

6/2/2018

Still Learning to Breathe
Susan Lyttek

5/26/2018

To Breathe
Susan Lyttek

5/19/2018

Sisters, Mothers and Dear Women
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2018

Tied to the Electrons
Susan Lyttek

5/6/2018

Powerless
Susan Lyttek

4/29/2018

A Sestina Education
Susan Lyttek

4/23/2018

Remodeling
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2018

Learning to Promote
Susan Lyttek

4/9/2018

Nobody's Fool--An Easter Sestina
Susan Lyttek

3/31/2018

The Week Leading to Easter
Susan Lyttek

3/25/2018

Off-balance
Susan Lyttek

3/18/2018

Lessons from the Hyacinth
Susan Lyttek

3/11/2018

Plant Lessons--The Aloe
Susan Lyttek

3/4/2018

The Lessons the Birds Teach Me
Susan Lyttek

2/25/2018

Love... By Any Other Name
Susan Lyttek

2/17/2018

The Ongoing Task of Learning
Susan Lyttek

2/4/2018

Musings About Pain
Susan Lyttek

1/29/2018

Time to Breathe
Susan Lyttek

1/21/2018

A Poem a Day
Susan Lyttek

1/13/2018

Beginnings
Susan Lyttek

1/6/2018

Why the Gospel of Luke Speaks to Me Best
Susan Lyttek

12/29/2017

Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/21/2017

Revisiting Anna
Susan Lyttek

12/9/2017

Twas the Night
Susan Lyttek

12/1/2017

Quitting
Susan Lyttek

11/25/2017

The Wonder of a Shoebox
Susan Lyttek

11/18/2017

A Place to Hide
Susan Lyttek

11/11/2017

Thoughts on the Reformation
Susan Lyttek

11/4/2017

Lessons in Praise
Susan Lyttek

10/28/2017

Why I Love Fairy Tales (and It Probably Isn’t What You Think)
Susan Lyttek

10/21/2017

For Better, For Worse
Susan Lyttek

10/14/2017

Practicing Functional Fitness
Susan Lyttek

10/7/2017

Tired
Susan Lyttek

9/30/2017

Priorities
Susan Lyttek

9/23/2017

Teaching Other People's Kids
Susan Lyttek

9/16/2017

Crunch Time
Susan Lyttek

9/9/2017

At War With ... Myself
Susan Lyttek

9/2/2017

Prepping for the School Year
Susan Lyttek

8/26/2017

Overweight, Part Three
Susan Lyttek

8/19/2017

Overweight, Part Two
Susan Lyttek

8/11/2017

Overweight
Susan Lyttek

8/5/2017

Creating Worlds
Susan Lyttek

7/28/2017

Prepping to Attend a Christian Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek

7/20/2017

Karl Lessons
Susan Lyttek

7/7/2017

How I Learned the Feeling of Freedom
Susan Lyttek

7/3/2017

Learning from Marriage
Susan Lyttek

6/24/2017

What I Learned from my Dad
Susan Lyttek

6/17/2017

Lessons from Being Sick and Tired
Susan Lyttek

6/11/2017

My Worst Critic
Susan Lyttek

5/26/2017

May Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

5/20/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2017

Learning Honesty
Susan Lyttek

5/6/2017

A Tribute to my Husband
Susan Lyttek

4/22/2017

Celebrating the Resurrection
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2017

Your Custom Tract
Susan Lyttek

4/8/2017

March Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

3/29/2017

A Tribute to Grandparents
Susan Lyttek

3/11/2017

God as Our Rock
Susan Lyttek

3/4/2017

February Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

2/18/2017

Writing, Living and Existing
Susan Lyttek

2/11/2017

Learning from the Groundhog and the Auto Show
Susan Lyttek

2/4/2017

January Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

1/28/2017

Of Christmases and January Past
Susan Lyttek

1/21/2017

Welcome 2017!
Susan Lyttek

12/31/2016

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/23/2016

NaNo and Pebble Lessons
Susan Lyttek

12/16/2016

December Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek

12/5/2016

NaNoWriMo Lessons and Hopes
Susan Lyttek

11/18/2016

My November Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek

11/11/2016

Lessons of the Week
Susan Lyttek

11/4/2016

Learning to Speak Feline
Susan Lyttek

10/28/2016

On Changed Hearts, Changed Minds and Politics
Susan Lyttek

10/21/2016

October Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

10/12/2016

Words and the Word (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

10/2/2016

Words and the Word (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

9/26/2016

Questions of Pain
Susan Lyttek

9/18/2016

September Birthdays
Susan Lyttek

9/11/2016

Standard Rescue, part 2
Susan Lyttek

9/3/2016

Standard Rescue, part 1
Susan Lyttek

8/27/2016

How to Go Into Debt
Susan Lyttek

8/19/2016

The Difference Hope Makes
Susan Lyttek

7/30/2016

Why Teach Poetry?
Susan Lyttek

7/24/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 3
Susan Lyttek

7/15/2016

Blog-itis
Susan Lyttek

7/8/2016

Reminiscing with the Patriot
Susan Lyttek

7/4/2016

Lessons in Fear
Susan Lyttek

6/30/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 2
Susan Lyttek

6/10/2016

Leftover Queen, Part II
Susan Lyttek

5/27/2016

Leftover Queen
Susan Lyttek

5/20/2016

Lessons from my Color Bible
Susan Lyttek

5/12/2016

Living As Called
Susan Lyttek

4/22/2016

Making Writing Fun Again
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2016

Springing
Susan Lyttek

4/6/2016

Good Friday Thoughts
Susan Lyttek

3/26/2016

Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger
Susan Lyttek

3/23/2016

Accepting the Gift of Free Time
Susan Lyttek

2/29/2016

Rest vs. the Type-A Female
Susan Lyttek

2/22/2016

Lessons on Sickness and Rest
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2016

Sick Lessons
Susan Lyttek

2/6/2016

Blocked
Susan Lyttek

1/27/2016

When Inspiration Fails to Strike
Susan Lyttek

1/16/2016

Stumbling Into the New Year
Susan Lyttek

1/13/2016

Annual Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/26/2015

Benefits to the Parent: Help with Work
Susan Lyttek

10/31/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Home
Susan Lyttek

10/24/2015

The Benefits of Unscheduled Free Time
Susan Lyttek

10/16/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek

10/9/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek

10/9/2015

Benefits to the Parent: More Willing to Persevere
Susan Lyttek

10/2/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Closer to God
Susan Lyttek

9/25/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Intuitive
Susan Lyttek

9/18/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent--Weaker
Susan Lyttek

9/11/2015

Benefits to the Parent--Seeing God's Hand
Susan Lyttek

9/4/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
Susan Lyttek

8/28/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Braver
Susan Lyttek

8/21/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Wiser
Susan Lyttek

8/14/2015

The Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Smarter
Susan Lyttek

8/7/2015

Benefits of Being a Homeschool Parent (Intro)
Susan Lyttek

7/31/2015

Lessons from my Great Aunt Ansie
Susan Lyttek

7/24/2015

Virginia Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek

7/14/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

7/10/2015

Some Truth About Independence Day
Susan Lyttek

7/3/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

6/26/2015

Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek

6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek

6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek

6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek

5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek

5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek

5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek

5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek

4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek

4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek

3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek

3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek

3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek

3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek

2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek

2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek

2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek

1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek

1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek

1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek

1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek

1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek

12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek

12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek

12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek

11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek

11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek

11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek

11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek

10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek

10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek

10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek

10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek

10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek

9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek

9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek

9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek

9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek

8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek

8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek

8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek

8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek

8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek

7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek

7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek

7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek

7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek

6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek

6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek

6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek

6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek

5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek

5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek

5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek

5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek

5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek

4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek

4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek

4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek

3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek

3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek

2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek

2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek

2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek

1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek

1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek

1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek

1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek

1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek

12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek

12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek

12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek

12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek

11/29/2013