Last week at the closing of my Memorial Day fun, I started to feel extremely fatigue and sore. I woke up to tremendous body aches and pains. As Monday progressed it only got worse and a fever ensued. I was at the point where I was in a ball moaning in pain; I could continue to lay there or I could do something quickly to help my aching body. So it was off to the emergency room.
Upon arriving I was told I had a fever of 103 (my body was trying to burn up some serious toxins). My blood pressure was extremely low and I was nearly dehydrated. I spent many hours hooked up to an IV bringing me saline, pain killers and antibiotics. When the ordeal was over I was told I had a viral infection and sent home with pain killers and antibiotics. The following days were horrible. My temperature bounced back to 103 several times. I was holding ice cubes in my hands, being covered with ice towels and many people prayed over me. If it wasn't for God's grace I really believe I would have still been sick because my tempreture was not budging.
At the end of my sickness I was left reading the book of Job and wondering why did this happen. I talk every day on my virtual soapbox about being healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that sometimes I take for granted basic health. Having the ability to move freely, walk without being in pain and not being dependent on prescription drugs. This experience was humbling on so many levels. I try to encourage people to attain huge athletic feats but to the sick just walking to the bathroom is like crossing a finish line.
I am happy that I am better now, but I am also glad that I had the experience. It opened my eyes on how I take health for granted. It also made me realize that I have to slow down. After rethinking my lifestyle the week prior I was running on very little sleep, my diet wasn’t properly balanced and I hadn’t been drinking my normal gallon of water per day. I was setting myself up for failure.
Have you ever had an eye opening health scare? What lifestyle choices do you think make you more susceptible to illness? Share your thoughts and comments.