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A Different Kind of Week

I felt a bit dizzy during the night Monday. When I wakened Tuesday I was quite nauseous. I stayed in bed until about 11, then Don prepared me a very light breakfast of fresh fruit.

Back to bed to sleep – for hours! It’s years since I’ve done that. At 4 o’clock I wakened, feeling like I was going to upchuck. I got up as slowly as I could and headed toward the restroom. I hit two walls on my way and barely made it before losing everything I’d eaten (or so I thought).

I called my doctor’s office at 4:50 to ask for advice. A nurse called back shortly. “You’re too late for office hours and urgent care won’t see you if you’ve thrown up today. You need to go to the ER and get checked out.”

I knew throwing up was one possible symptom of COVID-19, but I had no others.

“You don’t sound good, and I think it’s important you be seen tonight.”

“Do you really think that’s necessary?” I asked.

“OK. I’ll go.”

I dressed and told Don what the office had said. On the way I said “I really don’t want to throw up in your car, love.”

Don pulled into the ER driveway. I opened the door, and wallah – you guessed it! A kind man pushed me inside in a wheelchair while Don went home to wait (no visitors allowed).

Over the next five hours I was poked for blood tests (great job, hardly felt it), given an EKG, gave a urine sample, and was put into a bed and given two warmed blankets to cover me (later, a third was added). The nurses and aides were gracious.

At one point I overheard the woman next to me say “Thank you for being so kind to me,” and I prayed God’s blessing on her. I heard several “Code Blues” and felt it a privilege to pray for those individuals and the medical personnel caring for them. Of course I prayed for Don, at home waiting for news. I’ve recently been anxious over fires and riots and yet, in the ER I was truly at peace the whole time and so grateful for God’s presence with me.

From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey–-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:23-24 

I told one of my nurses I was praying for them, and he thanked me. “I really appreciate that,” he said. “I think this is the first year that people are really thanking us–oh, here and there people have, but as a whole.”

We were very thankful with the report that all my vitals looked good, no COVID, just vertigo. I left late that night with medication and exercises to help.

I’ve been very thankful for our medical personnel before, particularly when Mom needed care over the past year plus. But somehow when it’s you in that bed and waiting for results it really sinks in how much these men and women are on the front lines – doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, aides, registrars, cleaning staff.

Thank you, each of you, for treating me with kindness and respect, and ensuring you did all possible to check whether or not I had an infection or virus. God be with you, each and every one!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15


  1. Katie says:

    In these days that is scary, so glad you are ok. I have a few friends with vertigo and it’s not easy. Maybe it was a one time thing for you?
    Every day is a blessing!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thanks Katie. Yes, vertigo is no fun. I have had it before but not for years – and when I did have it we weren’t dealing with Covid. You’re so right, every day is a blessing. Love you!

  2. Shirley J. Buxton says:

    Oh, my goodness, Carol. I’m sorry you’ve been through such an ordeal, but happy it is not COVID-19 or other serious problems. I definitely will be praying for you.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Shirley! We are thankful to God and to those who cared for me. I’m much better but still have some symptoms of vertigo hanging on. Love you!

  3. Shirley Buxton says:

    Oh, my goodness, Carol. I’m so sorry you have been this ill, but happy it is not more serious than it is. I definitely will be praying for you. Love and blessings always.

  4. Karem O'Connor says:

    Carol, so happy to know that you are okay and were well cared for. God is gracious and our front-line workers are his angels.

    1. carolnl says:

      They are indeed Karen! Thank you.

  5. Ann Marie Dokken says:

    Carol, so glad to hear you are on the mend and also that you are not in the fires. So many things going on now, but praise God HE is with us through it all!!!

    1. carolnl says:

      Amen, Ann! So grateful for His faithfulness!

  6. Terra says:

    You were so calm and at peace while in the ER, and I am glad the news was good, not coronavirus.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Terra. God was with me. Hugs to you!

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