I've had enough illness and caretaking over the past two years. It wears me out and with Stephen's passing, it makes me anxious when my loved ones get sick. There are always the colds and viruses that the DGDs get on a regular basis. But then Jon and Lissa seem to pick them up. And then there was Violet's twisted ovary that had to be removed. That plucky little girl recovered just fine. Now it is Jim with an abscess on his throat that seems to have come on suddenly. He's at a definite level 10 in pain. That would be can't swallow, can't talk, tears come to my eyes kind of pain. Doctor has prescribed antibiotics and codeine for pain. A referral to see an ENT specialist has also been sent. I'm not waiting for them to call tomorrow. I'm going to call first. Right now................we just need to make it through tonight. Hope the antibiotics kick in and the codeine provides sleep and rest. It is not fun to force feed fluids, pills, and cough medicine to a husband with a really, really, really sore throat. OH.......also it is our 41st Wedding Anniversary today. Celebration of any kind is on hold.