First I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts. I spent the holidays sick and in the hospital. But I’m back now and will slowly get my blogging up to speed.
So back to the hospital…I must say it was not a pleasant experience. I was constantly tired, poked prodded, pricked; woken at all hours. I expected to be there a couple hours, which became 24 hours, then 2-3 days. By the time I was actually admitted 15 hours after arriving I learned my stay was indefinite and death and the loss of my arm a possibility. I get to my room and I learn I’m in isolation which means my grandson couldn’t visit. It felt like hell, no prison. Everyday they’d say maybe you’ll go home tomorrow and after a week they were finally going to release me…or so I thought. This releasing process took 11 hours and only after I through a fit.
Ah, but I’m home now. It took days to feel normal and I slept more than I was awake but I’m sure full recovery will happen soon.
What did I learn from this…
An innocent bug bite, scratched with hands that touched something at SeaWorld led to an infection that could have cost me my life or my arm which had swollen so much I couldn’t use or move it. Romans 12:2 say to not be conformed by this world. Even when we try and keep ourselves healthy – mind, body and body – Satan uses some small opening to infect us, wherever he can get too, whatever area is unprotected. Even more serious than infecting the body is the spirit and mind. When we let the world infect us with ideas contrary to the word we open the door to infection. What can we do to protect ourselves…stay close to the source of health, keep in the word and if sin is involved pray and resolve it immediately. I guess I should have resolved my bug bite by leaving it alone.
Once we are infected it’s hard to overcome. We have to work hard to clear out ourselves with antibiotics (God’s word) or we get trapped in the prisons of our decisions whether it be by our bad choices or an innocent overlook. If we stay healthy in the first place we’ll have less to deal with later. As Romans 12:1 says offer your bodies to God. When God is in control we come under his protection (Psm 91:3). Let’s work hard this year to stay healthy body mind and spirit.