Saturday October 13, 2018

1 Peter 2:19-23 “For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.

I am writing this late into the evening, but I need to remember to have David read this scripture tomorrow. This poor kid had been so uncomfortable for the last two weeks and has complained very little. He really has endured these hives with strength and grace. We know these are not life-threatening, just irritating and uncomfortable.

Today David woke up still covered in hives, so we are almost positive that these are not related to any food allergen. So the only thing that Jeff and I can deduce is that he is having a reaction to an infection (be it viral or bacterial). David also was complaining this morning that his throat hurt really bad and that it was painful/difficult to swallow. So after doing a little research we found out that the medication we brought along for Traveler’s Diarrhea is also used for a variety of bacterial infections, including Strept Throat. Now I will say that the doctor at both clinics said that this was not an infection because he didn’t have the fever to accompany the hives; however, my kids are weird, and very rarely have a fever to indicate that they are ill. Jeff and I made a decision o give David the medication that we had with us to see if that made any difference for him. We shall see….

Today was also day of remembrance here in Thailand; two years ago today King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand passed away, and today the country honored him. There were ceremonies in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and other cities. Thai people wore yellow as a way to remember him. I learned that in Thai culture, the days of the week are associated with a specific color and King Bhumibol was born on a Monday, which happens to be associated with the color yellow, so today, most people that we saw were dressed in yellow. I learned today about King Bhumibol and how revered he was and still is amongst Thai people. It was wonderful to experience and learn about such an important part of Thai culture that never would have been possible if we were not here. Our host family has been so gracious in trying to share and explain the happenings of today.

Wat is out-of-town for the weekend, and while we missed him, it proved to be a great opportunity to allow everyone time to rest and heal.

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