Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sacred Life Sunday: Not Being Nauseated

Today I am enormously thankful for not being nauseous.

All day I was not nauseous.

It was because of the wonderful, blessed medicine I am taking.

Yesterday I began the day by having uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea. It continued on and on, for hours. It ended up in the emergency room with me getting fluids for dehydration. It turns out I had bacterial gastroenteritis, probably caused by my eating some contaminated produce (that's LoveHubbie's guess) from my garden. LoveHubbie noted that I'd been eating tomatoes right out of the garden, even ones that had fallen on the ground of the garden bed, which was fertilized by our chicken droppings...yumm! I had done this with good intentions, having read that it was healthy to eat unwashed organic produce to build our immune systems...I will not make this mistake again!

But anyway, all day long it felt so sweet not to be nauseous. I realized how this is how I feel pretty much all the time. I realized how many people there are that do NOT feel this way, especially those having chemotherapy, pregnant women, other people who are ill, etc. and how seldom I think of them or of my good state in life.

So today I just enjoyed the sweetness of not being nauseated.

Most of the time we walk around blessed out of our socks and don't even realized it. It was a sacred, sacred day.


yertle said...

So glad that you are feeling better. I know that my two pregnancies definitely gave me a new appreciation for not feeling nauseated.

thailandchani said...

Ugh! I had that for 14 days recently... so I know exactly what you're saying! It does feel wonderful to be over it!


Rick Hamrick said...

O, I'm sorry for your digestive-tract trouble, and I'm happy to hear how you managed to turn it into a gratitude festival.

I fully agree with you that the single-best way to empathize with those who are suffering is to experience it! Not that I recommend it, only that I acknowledge the power of experience over that of "well, it sounds really bad, so I feel sorry for you..."

If it is okay with you, O, I will stick with the "sorry you suffered" reaction in this specific case. I have about 20 hours of driving to accomplish in the next couple of days, and none of your symptoms would work well with that task!!

Karen said...

So glad you're feeling better! That is absolutely my least favorite kind of being sick.

Olivia said...

Thanks, yertle; oh, I'll bet. There are some things we never ever think of until we have them, which is too bad. Our lives would be much more lived in gratitude---which is another reason I really enjoy so much your daily gratitude lists! Blessings and love, O

Olivia said...

14 days?!?!? 14 days!?!?! Oh, no Chani!! I'm trying to even imagine. I really, really feel for you. At the time, I had honestly never even heard of gastroenteritis! I just thought, "oh, stomach troubles"...didn't have a clue.

I couldn't imagine getting through without medical help. I became delirious toward the end and was passing out.

I guess it will take several more days for me to feel better, but just feeling human is such an improvement---I'm happy!

Sorry I didn't really empathize with you at the time!

Love and peace, O

Olivia said...

Hey Rick, thank you, and NO! I do not wish you to experience ANY of these symptoms any time, but especially while driving. Uncontrolled vomiting. Uncontrolled diarrhea. Not. While. Driving. That's for sure!

I'll miss you, take care and enjoy,

Love, O

Olivia said...

Thanks, Karen; yes, it has become mine as well. In 50 years I've never once had gastroenteritis and hope to never have it again! xxoo, O

Claire said...

poor olivia!! pleeeease promise you'll now wash all your produce :o)
take care of yourself - your poor body's been through the ringer... xxx

Olivia said...

Hi, Claire, thanks for the kissys :) Oh, I know you know about healing! Yes, I will indeed. And you, too, my friend. Love, O

kikipotamus said...

Olivia, I am so glad you are getting over the bacterial gastroenteritis. I am also really bad about popping anything into my mouth that I pick off the tree or vine, as long as no pesticides are used on them. But now I know not to do the same once the fruit or vegetable has hit the ground. Love and healing hugs, K

Olivia said...

Thanks, Kelly. Talk about learning the hard way!! In the olden days, people actually DIED from this. It is a lesson I will not forget, and I'm glad that maybe you'll not have to go through this, either. xxoo, O