I’m back!

I’m back!  Got released from the hospital Monday morning.  I am so glad to be home with the boys!  So a run down of last week…  On Friday afternoon I got a fever.  Had fever on and off all weekend.  I felt really bad on Sunday bad headache and fever higher than before. I started taking an antibiotic on Sunday but was not getting better.  By Tuesday I started turning yellow.  The fever had no pattern and sometimes it was low and sometimes it was really high.  I went to a good friend and doctor on Wednesday.  He saw me right away and send me to get testing done.  He thought it was Malaria.  I thought it was Hepatitis.  I have already had type A so I was thinking the worst.  On Thursday morning Enoch stayed in town so that he could pick up the test results early.  I rode into town with dad and cried most of the way there.  I felt like my body was shutting down and I was dying.  It was bad.  So when we got to the doctor with the results it was a severe cases of Malaria.  It a resistant to the normal treatment of Chloroquine.  The doctor looked at me and said “this is very bad, you need to be in  a hospital you could go into a coma”  He had a small hospital above his clinic.  He asked what hospital I wanted to stay at.  I did not really care at that moment I just wanted to lay down someplace.  He did not think his hospital was nice enough for me to stay in.   I said I have lived here 14 years I do not need nice.  So I was admitted into the hospital there.  It was a interesting experience.  I have decided its all how you look at it.  I could have complained about many things, but why? really just be thankful for what you have.  I was given medication and IV fluids and taken care of very well.  The doctor and his wife sleep at the clinic several night a week, so he was there 24/7 if I needed anything.  There were two funny things.  First there was only one light in the hallway of the hospital.  That was it – no other electric.  That was not fun the first night. it was hot.   But the Livesay family came to the rescue with two battery operated fans.  I was able to share on with the person I was sharing my room with.  The room was very tiny just enough room for two twin beds and two little night stands.  Second funny thing –so the first day I was there I was on lots of IV fluids and I had to go to the bathroom.  Enoch went and asked the nurse where I could go.  She told him there was a bucket under the bed.  Really I laughed when I heard this.  Enoch did not laugh.  He said “miss, my wife is not used to using a bucket, it there a restroom that she could use? ” They thought I was weird as a bucket is so much more easier to use that going all the way down the hall to the bathroom. 

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So I am better but still a little weak.  I have to thank Enoch for all that he did for me.  He stayed with me each day and helped me through it all even the puking.  Dad came by several days with orange juice, ice and water.  Lori held the place together and answered lots of emails from everyone.  Enoch’s brother came and stayed with the boys while we were gone.  Keverly keep the boys busy with school activities.   God is so good!  The best part besides being better is that when I went to pay my bill at the hospital the doctor said.   “please do not say these things, it was an honor to have you at our hospital”.  I tired to talk to him and tell him I wanted to pay.  He then told me “I will never forget your mother, she was a great woman of God”.  Isn’t HE SO GREAT!  All medication, IV fluids, and hospital stay FREE!  Thanks God and mom! 

Isaiah 40:30-31 (The Message)

 

 27-31Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
   or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
   He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
   He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
   And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
   gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
   young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
   They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
   they walk and don’t lag behind

I want to thank all of you that prayed for me during this time.  It means so much that so many of you are behind us and love us!  Please continue to pray that I get my strenght back!

P.S. One other good thing that happened cause I was sick—Lori is blogging again!

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28 Responses to I’m back!

  1. debraparker says:

    That is awesome about the bill- God is so good.

    Get better.

  2. Phyl Saeger says:

    I’m so happy that you are better; you look absolutely beautiful! The doctor did a good thing for a good person…how wonderful when it works out that way!

  3. Bekki says:

    I’m so glad you are better and back – I cried when I heard of your illness because I felt powerless to help – then I realized I indeed had power to pray – and I, my friends and family and church people have prayed for you. I am very very glad you are better, my friend, and that the goodness of your Mom touches hearts even now. I can’t wait to meet her in Heaven! I love you – take it EASY!

  4. Kathy says:

    Glad you are better.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Licia, I am so glad you are home and getting well!! Praise God!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    PS – I loved what the doctor said to you about you and your mom. What a special blessing and encouragement!

    PS #2 – You look beautiful in this picture!

  7. Diane says:

    Ahh, Licia, I kept checking your blog and checking your blog….knew you were sick but NOT this SICK!!! I am thanking God today for you and for Him healing you!!!!

    Blessings upon blessings….your Mama is one amazing woman, and her blessings still overflow onto others!!!!

    Get lots of rest…….if you can:)

  8. Amy says:

    Licia – praise God for your healing! And praise God that the doctor erased the bill! How wonderful! You and your family have impacted Haiti is so many ways! This is proof!

    ~Amy in WI

  9. Tanya says:

    How awesome that the doctor thought so highly of your mom… very special….

    I prayed lots- and am so glad you are back home with your family… you are a beautiful lady 🙂 love that picture….

  10. dawn says:

    Welcome back Licia!!! I think we were all so scared for you and so worried. Thank-you for allowing us to pray for you! It’s good to see you back, healthy, and smiling!
    dawn:)

  11. Sharon says:

    Licia, glad you are better. You are soooo pretty! I always see Jesus in your sweet face. Thanks to Enoch for taking such good care of you. Tell the boys I said “hi”. God bless you all.

  12. Roberta says:

    Wow! Amazing! I’m SO thankful you are doing better and that you are OK! God is very good! Praying you continue to get better and regain your strength.

  13. ginger says:

    so glad to hear that you are feeling better!

  14. Angie, RN says:

    Licia we are so glad you are feeling better. We were really worried. I told Georgi and Madisyn about your illness over the weekend. We were all praying for you! Its great you didn’t even have to pay the bill! God is GOOD! Praise the Lord!!!

  15. Ralph and Sharel says:

    My dearest Licia you make us cry! We see so much of your mom in both of you girls. But I know that you have a call of your very own. That is God breathed and inspired. You amaze me. May you gain strength and refreshing from your vacation time. HAHAHAHA!
    Love you
    Ralph and Sharel

  16. Cindy Lambert says:

    Licia, missed you and prayed for you. I searched for news about you and saw Lori was blogging again. I was glad to hear you were doing better. God is Good!

  17. Georgi says:

    licia,
    we rejoice in knowing that God has taken such good care of you. He definately is a good God, isn’t He? as soon as we heard of your illness we started praying.
    we are so glad you are home with your family and feeling better, you look great!!
    God bless you,
    Wayne, Georgi and Madisyn

  18. Sarah says:

    So glad you are home and the picture of you smiling is beautiful and really shows you are doing ok. Now don’t go over doing it right away ok?
    What a blessing about the bill! And we will keep praying you back to 110% Health!!
    Love always,
    Sarah

  19. Jen says:

    I am SO glad you are doing better! Been praying for you since the last posting. God is good good good!

  20. Elicia says:

    Licia,
    SO glad to see your beautiful smile back again!
    We praying for you and you were on my heart so deeply.
    The verse you posted just made me bawl!
    It was exactly what I needed to read today!
    And just like God promised in Romans 8:28 “All things work for the good for those who love the Lord!”
    Your severe illness did create good!
    I really missed Lori blogging! 🙂
    We will still be lifting you up in prayer!

  21. marisbush says:

    Licia- we are sooo glad you are better! 🙂

  22. Wow! Singing His praises here!
    (But really, aren’t you just making the whole thing up? You look absolutely gorgeeous, not at all like a seriously sick person… wink, wink!)
    God is so amazing!

  23. kerid says:

    you look so beautiful for being so sick…..what a special moment about your mother……it just shows me that we all plant seeds and never know where and when they will flower!!!

    keri

  24. Ericka says:

    SOOOOOOOOO glad you are back. We were very worried.
    Sending you lots of hugs and prayers 🙂

  25. Sadie says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better and HOME. It was very upsetting to hear that you were sick through the Livesay’ blog, and nerve wracking to have to wait for updates. Stay well, mama.

  26. Shawn says:

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!! Please take it easy and give your body time to mend! I have to agree it is nice to have Lori back blogging!! God is good and once again volumes have been spoken about your mom!! Take care and we will continue to pray for all of you!!

  27. Beth says:

    Praise God. So wonderful to see that you are up and around. I will continue to pray for your physical strength, family, and ministry.

  28. Karen Osler says:

    What an honor to your mother. She must have been an awesome lady. I’m so glad you are better! You are a beautiful person and I’m glad you had lots of support.(And I totally agree w/ the bucket thing!

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