There Comes A Time

There just flat comes a time when you have to go to the danged doctor. And be glad you have him. I wouldn’t have to bother if my mama were still alive. She didn’t much know what to do with a stronghold but she knew what to do with the croup. I’d have to sit on a stool by the stove with a towel over my head and breathe in some wild vaporous concoction that made me heave until I came to my senses and decided I’d better get well or else. My family was too big for you to get a whole heapin’ helping of attention. You got your moment then you got on with it. A week later you’d be snorting your head off and coughing your back out and someone would say, “Child, what on earth is wrong with you? What are you doing still sick? I thought I told you to get well!” I had a really quirky family and sometimes if you’d been sick a long time they’d say, “I’d a thought you’d a died by now!”

Sometimes my sister and I got to stay home when we were sick and watch soap operas with Mom and Nanny (my granny who lived with us). If we’d act nearly dead, even three in a row. We were so far in the birth order that we got away with more than the older kids. Especially when it came to playing hooky. If we’d lay really quiet on the couch, Mom and Nanny would act like they didn’t know we were there. It never occurred to them that soap operas might not be the best steady diet for adolescents. How we didn’t grow up to be like Erica Cane on “All My Children” who’s never met a man she didn’t marry is beyond me. Goodness knows we did our part.

I was supposed to get to take the day off to finish my Christmas shopping but no!!! I have to go to the danged doctor. I’ve had something for three or four days but I tried to treat it with internet advice. I bet you know what I’m talking about. I thought it was working till I could hardly get out of the bed this morning. I had to drop my legs over the side of the bed, slide down, and hope the rest of me followed. When I finally got to my feet, I coughed really loud so Keith would wake up and feel sorry for me. Then I was sorry he’d seen me because I got a glance of myself in the bathroom mirror and nearly went into cardiac arrest. The only words that would come to me were “Woman, thou art loathed!” I didn’t have to take my take my temperature. My hair clearly had a fever. And it looked especially dark. I’m one of those weird people who enjoys making fun of herself so I had half a mind to have Keith take a picture of me to post for you…but then I was afraid I’d give you a spirit of fear. I kind of looked like Norman Bates’ mom in Psycho.

Keith’s car was packed for the deer lease but then he felt bad (I love that when you blog you don’t have to use good English like “badly.” It would be so lame here.) about leaving me this morning. I made him go though. I didn’t feel good enough for him to stay home. I think you understand. Well, you helped me pass the time to my appointment. Gotta get in there. I’m sorry this is so random. I’m sorry for everything. Even things I don’t know I did. I’m so sorry.

I’ll let you know in the next day or two how my appointment went. I hate that they’re going to ask me if I’ve had my dad-blasted mammogram this year. And how my delicate digestive system is doing. Good grief. How personal can you get? Did I tell you about having that colonoscopy last year and, as it turned out, several of the nurses in the wing had done the Bible studies and we got to visit through it? No, I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want to talk about it. Still don’t.

If my croup kicks pretty fast, I’m gonna wish I could retape my rousing chorus of Happy Blog-aversary To You. I know it’s not the flu because I had my flu shot. And it’s against the law to get the flu after you get your flu shot.

I love you. So sorry I put you through this post.

PS. Back from the doctor. Bronchitis. May need iron lung. Not really. Just a mammogram and colonoscopy.


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  1. 101
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:

    Praying you (and your hair) are feeling better soon!

  2. 102
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    You know what. I’m actually sick, too. Not as sick as you. I’m pretty sure I just have a bad cold, but my ears are plugged and it’s driving me crazy. Plus I can’t stop having that sneezy feeling. Oh, not fun. So you and I could just have a sick party. I haven’t even taken off my pajamas today. So we could sleep and sleep and cough and sneeze and drive each other crazy. You could even get mad at me and I wouldn’t mind too much.

  3. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot. I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants. That is a FUNNY post. And a reminder of how hilarious God made us all. Sick and well. Thanks for sharing your delusio…uh, I mean your day with us. And honey, you might want to lay down and take something to help you rest a little bit. Don’t forget a good book,
    ( Number 1. Ladies Detective Agency), some chicken broth and a box of Kleenex! Hope you feel well! Julie B. Tucson

  4. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,
    Hope our letters are like the handmade get well cards from classmates we used to get if we missed more than a couple of days of school.
    I can understand randomness due to feeling sick as a dog. When my husband gets sick he refuses to go to the bedroom but doesn’t feel sociable so he lays on the couch with a blanket over his head.
    I, on the other hand, want lots of attention and get really sappy when I’m sick. Everything little thing sems poignant and I can’t watch anything touching on TV or I start crying.
    We’re all praying for you and I’m know you’ll feel much better when your medicine kicks in.

  5. 105
    twinkle says:

    The only thing that ever helped me was that Vicks stuff you rub on your chest. But ewhhh it smelled badly!
    Seeing as how this IS a 911 emergency…here’s some very good medicine to make you feel better:

    Get well soon!

  6. 106
    gigetgirl says:


    “Da-dorable” that is what my 17 yr old manly-man son would say. Yes, he speaks with his heart~ so sweet and refreshing. I love this entry! Do you know what all 4 of the “men” in this house said.Well yes you do, of course you do. They said…”gasp”, that you may actually not be the one who is writing your own blog. “GASP” yes, I know, blasphame almost right?!. I threw my head back and laughed that hearty “I know better” laugh. Who else can go to these places with so many hormonal women online? Who can share the laughter and snooring video from August, or the “Bug eyed glasses singing from the other day ? Who would go to the depths?

    Thank you for Moore reality take on life. Refreshing and “da-dorable”. We adore you all! I”m quite sure Jacob does as well.(Mr. 17)

  7. 107
    su says:

    I just read your diagnosis and am wondering why you need a colonoscopy and a mammogram if you have broncitis!! They really aren’t related. I assume that you threw that in there to see if we were paying attention. Or is it that your doctor spent too much time looking at your history?

    Hope you got some powerful antibotics.

  8. 108
    Missy says:

    Hey Siestas,
    I am so glad that the nester’s post didn’t get deleleted!! You are as funny as the Moores.
    Speaking of wanting your Momma when you’re sick… I do NOT get along with my Momma and never have, but when I am throwing up sick- I WANT MY MOMMA!!!! The last time I went home for Christmas, I got throwing up sick and all she did was sit on the couch and hollar in there, “Are you ok?” Boy that cured that!
    Praying for all you croupy girls out there!

  9. 109
    Darlene R. says:

    Oh Beth, you’re so funny and I love reading your blog. You write out so many things that I only think in my head and never record. Don’t ever be sorry for telling us about the not-so-sunshiny times. Sunshiny, that’s one of those bloggy words.
    If I could, I would send you the song “Sunshine Day” by the Brady Bunch because THAT song will brighten any day!
    If it makes you feel better, I will tell you about what happened to me on Monday. I got to buy a pair of size 8 jeans this weekend and I haven’t worn size 8 since high school. Well, I was SO proud of the fact that I was wearing those jeans that I was kinda strutin’ my stuff through the kitchen and into the laundry room. As I stepped down into the laundry room I caught the heel of my boot on the edge of the step and fell flat on my face! Man, the Lord sure knows how to take you down a step or two! (yeah, I know that was bad) It was one of those look and see who saw that moments, but since I was the only one home, I pretty sure I was safe.
    Pride- it’s an ugly, ugly thing!
    Hope you’re felling better soon.

  10. 110
    jennyhope says:

    PS Speaking of Kirk Franklin from the post about LPM his new cd came out yesterday!
    “The Fight of My Life” SO GOOD!!!

  11. 111
    Sooz says:

    Praying for you to feel better soon!

  12. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Dearest Beth,
    I am so sorry that you are sick–I will pray for a quick recovery..I am praising God for your journal “Praying God’s Word” everday.I have been taking it with me to the hospital. We are in the midst of a battle-we just got “news” today that our son may only have 6 months to live…He is married & has 2 children. He had his 2nd brain surgery on Monday (the first in July). He has gone through radiation & chemo but the chemo wasn’t doing “the work”. We Know THE ONE who can do THE WORK..Please hold all of us up in your prayers for complete healing. My husband & I held hands with our son, Mick & prayed that God would show HIMSELF in a mighty miracle. I only ask ALL of you to help us pray. Please hold your loved ones extra tight this Christmas.If they ask why “tell them it’s from someone who cares”. Merry Christmas to all &God Bless The Moore Family..Keep Up the Good Fight..We will overcome!!!!

  13. 113
    Fran says:

    Oh Sweet Beth….How we would all come over and tend to you if we could….you just tend to us soooo much that we would be tending to you that we’d probably end up driving you crazy!!

    I am so sorry that you have got “the croup.” Thats was us southerners call illnesses…ya know…”the cold” or “the bronchitis.”

    Praying God’s mighty and healing hand over you. Get some rest…you CANNOT be sick Christmas day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lots of love~

  14. 114
    Shelly says:

    I’m sitting here laughing because you can make any situation funny, even being sick! And my husband asks from the other room what is so funny. I told him and his response was, “A mamogram and colonoscopy for bronchitis? I sure don’t want to go to her doctor!” Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  15. 115
    Kristen says:

    You are just as precious as you are hilarious!! I pray you are feeling better quicker than a duck on a June bug!

    All my lovin’ to you,

  16. 116
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, Just wanted to say that i will be praying for you to get over this fast, you are so special and mean so much to me..don’t you just hate those inconviences of the the things drs. make us do!
    take care of yourself and remember that you son’t ever have to apologize,it is really neat to be able to be on level with you, because you are dear to so many!
    I love you, one of your Siestas,

  17. 117
    Anonymous says:

    I hope your better.To all the people from NC what part are you guys from? I am from Reidsville, NC so hi to you all.Beth I forgot to till you & your happy anniversary , hope it was great.I wish i was there to do something for you like spoil you till your better.So I send my love & hugs.Take care sweet one Love sister in Christ Victoria from NC

  18. 118
    Roni says:

    Please don’t apologize, Beth! A woman needs a place where she can get some understanding and sympathy. And isn’t that what Siestas are for? You need a nice warm bath, comfy pj’s, some soup, a soft bed and don’t forget to drink lots of juice and water.

    Btw, I had my experience with the gallon of Golitely last year, been there, got that t-shirt. But, if you’d like your Siestas to fast with you in support you just let us know. Your Siestas are here for you.

    Now, you take care of yourself…get some rest…and feel better real soon. We Love You!


  19. 119
    Sun says:

    Oops messed up my comment so I am sorry if this sends twice!

    I just wanted to say how I hope you feel so much better and soon sweet Beth! I also wanted to say Happy Blog-versary! Merry Christmas. Sunshine

  20. 120
    "Miss" Clair says:

    Praying you’ll feel better real soon (like by the time you read this). Thanks for being real with us and sharing yourself. Merry Christmas!!

  21. 121
    Kelly says:

    You are too, too, funny! I hope the fever left your hair before you saw the doctor.

    Get well soon!

  22. 122
    Anonymous says:

    You crack me up when you said you’re “sorry for everything . . .”!! That was funny! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sorry you are so yucky feelin’, and I hope you get well super soon, I am praying for you!

  23. 123
    Kathy (In Arkansas) says:

    Oh Beth I am so sorry you are sick. You sound just like me when I am sick….I want to be ALONE!

    Last year I had the croup from Thanksgiving until March, it took two steriod shots, two rounds of penicillian, two Levaquin and about three or was it four bottles of Codene Cough Syrup. Anyway I survived and you will too.

    I watched James Robinson laste night, where can we get “When Life has You Paralyzed”? I can’t afford to order the whole series he was showing. I really need that because after loosing both parents this year and facing over $30,000 in medical bills I do feel paralyzed.

    Feel better!

    Merry Christmas

  24. 124
    Ashton says:

    Sorry you feel bad with that bronchitus. I know you will get better and better and better. Look at all the people on this blog and your family, LPM, friends that love you!! You are blessed woman! WOW now I think I would trade a little of your sickness with all your support for a little of my stuff. But you would not trade!

    Love you, allison

  25. 125
    Sandi Krakowski says:

    It is SO REFRESHING to see that you are not as perfect as all those other boring ( not so truthful) Bible leaders whose kids clothes all match, their house never has any dust bunnies and they NEVER get sick- no never. Yeah right! You are real and that’s why we love you- except right now I’m praying that God takes hold of you in a special way and ministers. Sometimes He MAKES ME LIE DOWN in green pastures.. know what I mean? I too have been sick… I think bronchitis is somehwere between the allowable will of God and an attack from hell! Love and blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for WHO YOU ARE and HOW you love Him!

    Sandi Krakowski

  26. 126
    Missy says:

    I hate that you are feeling so misreable; I hope you get better soon!

  27. 127
    Rose says:

    Being siesta means “NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY!!!”

    We enjoy you just being you!!

  28. 128
    Melinda says:

    I’m with Elaine (your very first comment)…oh, to be a fly on the wall at the Moore homestead! But, as Siestas, we’re pretty close…we have a mighty fine view of the goings-on therein if we know you’re due for a colonoscopy! :o)

    It’s good to be a Siesta! Feel better soon!

  29. 129
    ruth in north idaho says:

    I continue to love you to pieces, Beth! Your Dr. “stuff” and mine sound similar! (I can say “stuff”, cuz this is in response to a blog. :o) Cuz, too.) It is my sister…she shall remain un-named as she is also a Siesta…who shames me into going to the Dr., colonoscopy and all.
    Blessings and healing on your day, Dear One.

  30. 130
    It's All About Him says:

    OK, here is something to cheer you up while you are sick. It will surely make you smile and I’m dying to tell you. I have a 6 year old son who prays every day for his best friend to be saved. Last night that friend spent the night with us and went to the Christmas party at church. When it was bedtime, the boys were laying in the bed with only the nightlight on and I heard talking. As I passed by the door, I saw two little hineys up in the air and both of them on their knees peering into my son’s bible. My son frantically flipped pages in the dark until he finally stopped and exclaimed, “OK, I can’t find it. But here’s what it says: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” OH MY WORD! CAN I GET A WHOPPIN’ AMEN BROTHA? The poor child was confused over my son’s outburst and so I went in and gave a child’s gospel presentation and, praise that Almighty God of ours, the child truly understood! He even said, “but I believe in Rudolph too, what’s the difference?” Oh my heavens, has the child taken an EE course and I didn’t know it? Perfect…so I clarified the difference between head knowledge and true faith and trust and I just know the Lord is working on this child. Amen and Amen. God is good at Christmas. And every day until it’s Christmas again! Hope you feel better Beth.
    Love, Lisa

  31. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth,
    I am praying for your speedy recovery! You are even funny when you are sick. I’m still laughing my head off at our siesta with the cat food….good one!
    Get some rest….we love you!
    Sarah in Wyoming

  32. 132
    Dionna says:

    Oh Beth! I feel for you! We’ve all felt as you do! I am now getting over a cold and starting my “coughing” phase. I hope it doesn’t turn into bronchitus just in time for Christmas!
    It always seems like something comes up on our free days – doesn’t it? Well, maybe you can still shop online and get it there in time!
    I would pamper you if I could – but I’m still trying to muddle through my days myself.
    Get well soon, my friend.

  33. 133
    Cindy says:

    If anyone can wear an iron lung and make it look sassy, it would SO be you.

    The only thing you need to apologize for is NOT posting the feverish hair photo.

    Hope you get a long winter’s nap and feel like a new woman in no time. You are loved!!

  34. 134
    Kathleen in TX says:

    You Moores can even make being sick funny! Although I’m sure you feel more like if I don’t laugh I’ll just cry! Hope you get free from the bronchitis soon!! I’ve been due for my mammogram but it got postponed since I was nursing then got pregnant again, now nursing… but the doctor says at least that helps protect you from breast CA (it should, there won’t be anything left of them! but I digress…). I know you don’t want to talk about it but talking w/ nurses who’d done your Bible studies while undergoing a colonoscopy… did that make it any better? Sorry this is so long when you’ll get a bunch! (140 already)
    Get well soon!
    love ya Siesta!

  35. 135
    sammie says:

    Beth, I concur with Deb on “you never have to say your sorry to a sietas.” Oh and how funny was the one about her doctor showing up behind her in the Starbucks line after being told to not drink coffee. That would totally happen to me. My prayers are with you Beth for the tests. Getting older is just scary sometimes. I thought it was just me but in reading Amy Grants new book “Mosaic” I find its pretty universal.

  36. 136
    Nicole says:

    Well, I have never laughed so hard yet at a post, and that probably isn’t the nicest thing to say considering how dag-one pathetic you sounded by the end, Miss Beth. But that bit about giving us a spirit of fear with your picture and looking like norman bate’s mother, well… I just lost it. I’m praying for your lungs (and your feverish hair) today.

  37. 137
    Cathy Davis says:

    I agree with coffee and bible girl! I’m glad you share your mundaneness (hee hee) with us. I sure hope you’re feeling better. (Oh, yeah, no apologies needed!!)

    Merry CHRISTmas!!

  38. 138
    MakingJesusKnown says:

    Ok I am confused?? What really is a mammogram? Isn’t it when you get a real quick letter from someone?? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just kidding, haven’t had one yet…can’t read very well!

    No seriously, next year is the big year…..I can’t wait….first times are always that greatest! Aren’t they??
    Merry Christmas
    From your friend Stacy, writing from your upper state MinnesOtA!
    Did I say it’s cold here? And you got croup? Somethin’s wrong with that picture! Get better soon!

  39. 139
    California Girl says:

    Dear Beth…

    No apologies needed. Girlfriend this is just one of those “be still moments” You know what I am talking about, life has you busier than a beaver buliding a dam and God just wants to hold you. He wants you all to Himself…just you and Him. During these moments in my life, I often find God wants to communicate something to me. These moments hopefully are short because the rest of the verse of Psalm 46:10 means we have work to do!!! So just “be still for now” because you can bet there will be a blast off later. My prayers for a speedy recovery are with you. Be still girl and be blessed.

  40. 140
    Anonymous says:

    I pray your feeling better today.Rest take care of your self.God bless angel love sister in Christ Victoria

  41. 141
    Kay in TN says:

    You are a wise woman to send your man on. They don’t really know what to do with a sick woman anyway! There is a fine line between being helpful and getting on your sick nerves. ha
    Thank you for sharing so freely with us. We love you. Get better real soon!

  42. 142
    Tealady Tammy says:

    dear sweet siesta beth,
    if was close I would fix you a cup of tea and wrap you in a quilt and we would watch movies all day. I love how real you are with us…I had to giggle as I pictured your hair….I am glad to know I am not the only one who has those days.

    hope you feel better soon.
    love you siesta

  43. 143
    Dimple Queen says:

    I think you should of posted the picture!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are feeling better. I love coming to this site. It makes me laugh….even when someone is sick…wait…should I really laugh at your sickness….probably not, but you make it so stinkin’ funny!

    Get better soon!

  44. 144
    Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Beth,

    I am sure you will be well soon. The only thing worse than being sick or children being physically sick, is disobedient children especially this time of year, when time is short they tear into presents early…, I expect their real father isn’t happy (although the one they have now encourages it as he spoiled them in a very bad way), I am afraid that in the long run it may not be prudent for their real father to give them an inheritence, if they keep acting like someone else’s children even as adults, I mean they revel in it!

    Sleepless in London

  45. 145
    Cheri-Beri says:

    What’s a colonoscopy and iron lung between friends. It may get to the point you have to leave the state for your “delicate” issues. Nah, upon further reflection, that probably wouldn’t help either.

    I pray you’re better before your Christmas celebration. At least you were well enough for your mall extravaganza Christmas party!!!

  46. 146
    freetobeme says:

    Beth, I hope that you are feeling much better today.

    Your words about your mama “She didn’t know what to do with a stronghold but she knew what to do with the croup” hit me today. I was thinking about all of the things my mom DOESN’T do. The things she CAN’T let go. Then I remembered your words, and I began to think of what she DOES do for the benefit of me and my family. It was a humbling moment for me.

    See? You speak profoundly even from the depths of bronchitis!

    Praying for a speedy recovery for you.

  47. 147
    Patty says:

    I am so sorry you are sick!! You are the funniest thing ever, even in sickness! I had that for two weeks. At one point I thought I just needed to go on and be with Jesus! Don’t even talk about the “m” word. I am done until next year when I get the lovely reminder in the mail that it’s time to be squished.(for lack of a better word). Good grief, is it not bad enough to have a colonoscopy but to have to lay there and talk with the nurses about your studies. Bless your heart and love us anyway.LOL I remember when I was little and I guess my mom wasn’t thinking back then, but she would be cleaning the house and sit us in front of the t.v. to watch soap operas(Doctors or Days of our Lives). Have mercy! I hope you are at home in your jammies and may God touch your sweet self and heal you quickly so that you are not sick on Christmas!
    Much Love,

  48. 148
    Gayle says:

    Awww…I hate that you’re sick right before Christmas (I almost said “feeling poorly”…LOL!). ๐Ÿ™
    I’m so laughing at the colonoscopy nurses talking about your Bible study while you were…ahem…getting things taken care of. Bwwwaaaahhhhaaaahhaaa!!!
    Feel better soon, Siesta, and Merry Christmas!

  49. 149
    April says:

    I love random blogs. So sorry you are sick, praying for a quick recovery so you may fully enjoy Christmas day!!

  50. 150
    Anonymous says:

    I hope your better soon. I feel bad for laughing so hard while reading, but I was just at the doctor yesterday and had a THOROUGH physical, with a recommended, and now scheduled, mammogram. While you take your meds, know that you have brought laughter (medicine) to the hearts of so many by just being you and being honest with your feelings and thoughts. Forget “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” Beth Moore works just as good! Love, Joy

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