And… We’re back!

After a week of battling food poisoning of some sort, both of us are officially on the mend! The week consisted of a forced fast, as we were told the only way to cure the poisoning was to basically starve it out of our systems. This news was ill-received (ha ha), but turned out to be right on. We drank gallons of tea with honey, sipped bowls of salty chicken broth, and tentatively ate a few crackers when our hunger pains got the better of us. All the while we dreamed of the day when food would once again be a part of our daily lives. Neither of us can remember a time when we were sick for a full week in the recent past! We canceled Liz’s tutoring sessions, skipped JM’s classes, and basically camped out in our apartment with Leo’s care and our own survival as our main preoccupations.

Leo really enjoyed this arrangement and made impressive developmental strides in the past week. All in one day he decided to push himself into a sitting position, and then proceeded to pull himself up to standing on our living room furniture. He now tries to pull himself up onto everything and anything, so we’re watching him even more closely to make sure he doesn’t maim himself in the process. He is really fearless. In the past couple of days, his food intake has about doubled. It’s pretty fun to watch him chow down a bowl of cereal and bananas.

We slept in the living room for a few nights while we were sick to make sure Leo wouldn’t be disturbed by our many trips to the bathroom (Leo sleeps in a crib in our room). Lo and behold, he just started sleeping through the night all on his own, going to bed at 7pm and waking up at about 6:30am! Liz is especially excited by this new milestone, and is already feeling less groggy.

Chinese studies were very limited this week, so today was spent taking shifts caring for Leo so we could begin reviewing and catching up. It will be a couple of weeks before we reclaim our lost ground, but we are truly just relieved to be feeling better.

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3 Responses to “And… We’re back!”


  1. 1 mjfalk April 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Welcome toChina—-and quite a number of other lands, as well. One good outcome of the survivers is that men find out just a little bit what morning sickness is about. No one else can lean over the toilet for you. For Dad and me, I do think the leftover fish head soup that sat unrefrigerated overnight in a kettle on the stove top might have been part of it—-although, come to think of it, I always managed to make it out to the kitchen, unseen by our cooks, to dump my untouched bowl back in the kettle. Uncle Bob always managed to be the evening’s soup-ladler when we had the NE Chinese delicacy and he always topped my bowl with a smiling fishhead, eyes and all staring up at me as we said grace–in Chinese. Squid in restaurants didn’t help, either. I do think the excellent rice got us through that year—and the 20 lbs we each lost was not a bad thing for us. I probably need to leave now and spend about 3 years there to get down to what my doc would like the scales to tell us.

  2. 2 Annie April 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I am so glad to hear you two are feeling better, and glad that it wasn’t something Leo could catch…being sick is terrible but seeing little Leo sick too would be worse! Glad to hear Leo is hitting all his milestones…these are some of the most fun to watch, although it does change the way you live as you have to watch so much more closely. Perhaps God timed the sleeping change at the same time to make sure you are extra alert πŸ™‚
    Things here are good. Only 3 weeks and 3 days until the baby comes! I am very ready πŸ™‚ Adam has been pushing along on the dissertation, but we still aren’t completely sure if the May graduation will happen…keep us in your prayers. We are really just asking that God’s will be done—his timing is always perfect!
    We love you and miss you terribly. Wish I could have brought you some soup or taken Leo for you while you were sick πŸ™‚
    Love to all!
    Annie

  3. 3 Annie April 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I am so glad to hear you two are feeling better, and glad that it wasn’t something Leo could catch…being sick is terrible but seeing little Leo sick too would be worse! Glad to hear Leo is hitting all his milestones…these are some of the most fun to watch, although it does change the way you live as you have to watch so much more closely. Perhaps God timed the sleeping change at the same time to make sure you are extra alert πŸ™‚
    Things here are good. Only 3 weeks and 3 days until the baby comes! I am very ready πŸ™‚ Adam has been pushing along on the dissertation, but we still aren’t completely sure if the May graduation will happen…keep us in your prayers. We are really just asking that God’s will be done—his timing is always perfect!
    We love you and miss you terribly. Wish I could have brought you some soup or taken Leo for you while you were sick πŸ™‚
    Love to all!
    Annie


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