Well, a lot has happened since my last post. Since I last blogged, I came down with strep. I had all the symptoms…sore, scratchy throat, headaches, weepy, etc. The frustrating thing about this is that I have had these kind of symptoms 3 different times in the last 2 months…not normal!
Now you must know that when I began working at CBC, I acquired my very own insurance! Along with that, I have the privilege of paying my own doctor bills. Our family has gone to the same doctor for years and years, however, upon receiving my own insurance, I quickly learned that this family doctor did not accept any insurance, which was code for “expensive”, which was also code for “shop for a new doctor!” I didn’t think this would be such a difficult task until I started looking around and found that NO doctor was accepting new patients. Frustrating. So, for the time being, I had settled on a doc-in-a-box. I liked him at first because he would perscribe me antibiotics, give me a shot before I left, and only cost me $25! However, after my second trip to this doc and talking to my mom, I realized that it wasn’t exactly a good thing that he never diagnosed me, nor did he tell me what kind of shot he was giving me! Sore throat #3 came along and I went to the doc determined to get a diagnosis. Well, when I asked him what I was sick with, he replied, “The throat.” Hmmm…thank you. In fact, I think I rattled him so much that he didn’t even give me the much-deserved shot!
All this to say, when the sore throat symptoms came back, I was not wanting to waste $25 on a doctor’s appointment that would get me nowhere and spend $35 on meds that I’d have to repeat 3 weeks later. Well, my mom sat me down at dinner, gave me a blank check, and told me to go to our family doctor…her treat. Thanks, Mom!! It was so nice to go back to our doctor and get some great medical attention. He swabbed my throat and the results for strep came back positive. I also had my blood taken to see if my mono has returned (I got mono my freshman year of college). So, I’m not sitting here with strep and praying that my mono hasn’t relapsed!!
I’m sure whoever is reading this didn’t expect a huge blog on my medical history, but there it is! If you made it through all that, congratulations! On to something different…
This past week Stephanie’s freshman roommate, Mary Beth, passed away. Stephanie is one of my good friends and was one of my roommates in college. Mary Beth was in a car accident in Austin, resulting in a broken pelvis and brain swelling. The doctors were unable to reduce the swelling and she went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening. Although I never met Mary Beth, her death has affected me deeply. More and more I am reminded of the brevity of our life here on earth and just how quickly we can be swept away and immediately be either in the presence of Jesus or the gates of Hell. I once heard Beth Moore say that we only have one chance, one chance to know God as mortals. Mary Beth’s death got me thinking more and more about that. How am I using my time to know God in this way…as a mortal, human being that has limited understanding, a short attention-span, and split desires? I have ONE CHANCE to experience God’s unlimited grace before I am face-to-face with him as an immortal being. I go through times of spiritual drought and spiritual apathy, but this shouldn’t define my relationship with Christ. I’ve been praying for God to stir within me a passion and desire to know him fully while I am here on this earth, so that when it is my time to leave this earth, I have soaked in every opportunity to know him HERE.