I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Last Glimpses of Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas, belated that is!
What did I get for Christmas this year.........a severe case of gastroenteritis!

It hit me on Christmas day after I had already made dinner but right before I was to put it on the table for everyone!
Joe handled it and everyone enjoyed it as I retreated upstairs to my bed and bathroom.
I cannot remember being as sick as I was since I was a child so I am going to share my wisdom about Gastroenteritis, alias the stomach flu, with you....what to do and what NOT to do...

I don't want to gross anyone out but I want you to be prepared just in case....

First of all, have plenty of this, Gatorade, on hand.

You need to replace your fluids and electrolytes so you do not get dehydrated or end up with an electrolyte imbalance which can lead to serious complications.
I took medication to stop the vomiting because I needed to retain my Blood Pressure pills since my BP was sky high. I had a prescription medication but over the counter Dramamine will do.
Tylenol for the fever is a good thing. mine was 102 degrees, plenty of blankets for the chills.
The mistake I made after 2 straight days of relentless diarrhea was trying to stop it with an over the counter medication. I had to call my Dr. because since it lasted so long, I was actually afraid that something else was wrong and I had aggravated my already existing Back problem.
The medical mind set now is that the vomiting and diarrhea is excreting the virus from your system so if you stop it, you are only prolonging the virus in your system.
Clear liquid diet the first 24 - 48 hours.... Tea, Clear soda, jello,etc....
Then follow a B.R.A.T. diet........ Bananas to replace your potassium, rice for bulk in your diet, applesauce and toast. Along with PLENTY of liquids to prevent dehydration.

It can last 1-5 days. Mine lasted until Tuesday from Saturday evening......

Definitely a Christmas I will remember......

I missed all the after Christmas sales but Joe in his travels to one of our grocery stores found more of the Bearington Bears that I collect on sale for 75% off.

My newest additions are the ones with the tags on......

A few more pics from around the house that I didn't show before.
This is a table in my upstairs hallway....

Just a little Santa added.....

Found some of the bright pink shatterproof ornaments on sale on Christmas Eve morning so I added a few to my fake mantle in the guest room.....

And I did find this at Ross's for only $2.99!!!

Already thinking of the next holiday.....

Even though we are in Pa., the Blizzard that hit the eastern coast did not come far enough west so we only had about an inch or two of snow here...

Well, pretty much the Holiday season of 2010 is just about over as will be my posts here at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas. I will be going back to posting on my regular blog, Debbie-Dabble.
But I will post anything that has to do with Christmas here at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas through out the year.

I would like to invite my followers here to please sign up to follow me over at Debbie-Dabble.
What a great holiday season it has been here in Blogland!!
So many ideas, so many new friends, so many new crafts!!
Who would have thought of creating their own flocked trees by spraying them with Fake snow. Who would have thought of using silver spray paint to change a green wreath into a silver one. And all of the other fantastic ideas that all of you shared....... mind boggling!!!
I am still visiting the homes on all the house tour parties and I suspect I will be for quite awhile as there were so many.

I want to thank you all for enriching my life this Holiday season. Blogging is better than any decorating or recipe magazines or books !!!!

I hope to see you over at Debbie-Dabble!!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Linking up to:

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Show and Tell Friday

Deck the Halls Friday

Pink Saturday

Seasonal Sunday

Amaze Me Monday



  1. Wow, sorry to hear you were so sick but glad to hear you're feeling better. Hope you enjoy a wonderful 2011!

  2. The details of your illness are disturbing but I am so happy to hear you're feeling better. How nice of Joe to do some shopping for you while you were under the weather.

  3. What a shame about being sick on Christmas - I did read that right didn't i? I'm so glad you're feeling much better now.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Debbie, its too bad you were sick through your Christmas dinner. I'm glad to hear you're better. And how sweet of Mr. Dabble to bring you home your bears!

  5. Oh no...I'm so sorry you were sick over Christmas. I just found your blog. Have you been to Pidgeon Forge's Christmas shop? With your love of Christmas you would love it. I'm going to check out your regular blog.

  6. Debbie, I'm so sorry you were sick on Christmas. You love Christmas! But all of that advice is very timely. My Mom is rehabbing in a nursing home right now, after being in the hospital, and she got the flu. I wanted them to give her something to stop the diarrhea, but they wanted the virus to exit her body. That makes so much sense, otherwise it just stays in the body. They put her on a diet of Gatorade, toast, bananas. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone! I hope 2011 brings you lots of happiness, good health and prosperity!
    Happy REDnesday and Happy New Year!


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