Today is the fifth day since I became ill, and the first day when I have been able to get up and move around. Yesterday was the worst day of the illness. I woke up yesterday morning with a skull cracking headache and extreme nausea that caused me to spew everything, including my medications, until there was nothing left. And still I heaved. I saw stars, I felt like I might pass out. I was too weak to even use the phone. I just laid there until 11:30 or so when Sikki called to ask about me and I told her I was too sick to do anything. She came home early and insisted I go to the hospital.
I dithered around for about three hours while she called the doctor and told me to get ready. I felt so weak and nauseous I didn’t even know how I was going to get dressed. We finally left around 3 o’clock and headed to Wilmington. The first ER we went to was really busy. A friend of mine is a triage nurse there: he said the wait was five hours and suggested another facility that was close by and had no waiting. I was crabby because going to an ER is always such a long, drawn out pain in the bahakas. Sikki drove to the other place and we got in right away. They did x-rays, blood draws, and I had a pretty lady stick a Q-tip way up into my sinus cavity. By about 8 o’clock, we knew that I didn’t have the flu and didn’t need to be on the flu medication that had been prescribed the day before: the medication itself turned out to be the cause of my violent sickness.
Sikki said she had peace of mind knowing I could stop taking the wretched stuff. We left the hospital. She was starving and went to Burger King. I ate about a half a chicken sandwich and drank a fountain cola. I didn’t feel any nausea and by the time we got home around 9 I felt much stronger.
Now I am back to just having plain old pnemonia, instead of pnemonia with a colossal hangover. I slept fine and woke this morning with only a very slight headache. I have been coughing a lot (which I should be), but other than that I am feeling much, much improved.
Pastor Bobby visited this morning and brought me a book to read about this area, The History of Brunswick County North Carolina by Lawrence Lee. It is a comprehensive history of the place from first European settlement to 1976. I will not be working until next Monday at least, so I am looking forward to reading this book. I like to know the history of a region, because different geographic areas have unique iniquities and spiritual forces at work, which can often be traced in history and are relevant to the present state of things, both in the physical natural world and in the heavenlies.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. – 2 Corinthians 2:11
But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. – Daniel 10:13
But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” – Jude 9
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. – Revelation 12:7