Sunday, May 18, 2008

Got a Kidney???

If anyone needs a kidney out there, don't come looking for mine! Mine suck! Once again, I was rushed to the ER on Thursday with another kidney infection. This time, it was my left kidney. I had one about 7 years ago right after Jacob and I were married. It started with a pain in my side that started on Tuesday evening. It started getting worse on Wednesday so I called and made a Dr.'s appointment for Thursday afternoon. Thursday morning was fine until about 10:30 when I just hit a wall. My body just couldn't take it anymore and my fever spiked, I got the chills, relized the full extent of the pain I was in and I started vomiting. The worst part was the migrane that my head was swimming in. Then, mass pandamonium started...
My very good friend, Amanda called me for something trivial and discovered that I was not okay. She tried to move my appointment up but we had no luck. Wonderful Amanda pretty much alerted the entire ward and I felt so rediculous because I felt like the whole ward was in an uproar because of me. I pretty much relized what was happening by now with my kideny so we decided to go to the ER because I knew the Dr. would tell me to go there anyway. Amanda came over along with the Relief Society President and then Amanda raced me to the hospital while the Relief Society President watched my kids. This woman (Amanda) has the most tender heart! As I was puking in her car (don't worry, I had a bucket) she was rubbing my back and when I looked up, she had tears in her eyes because she knew I was just misserable. We finally got there and by then I was shaking because of the fever and my heart rate was way high because of the pain. They poked me a lot and I finally got some relief by way of I.V. with some pain killers, anit-nausea medicine, fluids and lots and lots of antibiotics. I was about knocked out for 3 hours (because of all the meds) but Amanda stayed by my side and stroked my hair the whole time unil Jacob arived from his job site in Logan (which is an hour away). They sent me home with some very lovely drugs including some very strong antibiotics. When I got home, my house was cleaned, dishes were washed and the phone immediatly started ringing off the hook with calls of concern from friends and people in the ward begging to bring us dinners. Before I left for the hospital, by the way, my house was a disaster because as I layed there on Thursday morning, the kids sat in a cardboard clubhouse, watched cartoons and got out the rasins and crasins and crackers and can see where this is going. Two of my girlfriends came and brought us dinner and wished Jacob well (because I was passed out until about 8:30).
Notice there are no pictures of all of this because I looked about how I felt. These past couple days have not been fun because I pushed myself too much (Jacob's grandparents were in town and I had bought tickets to the Dave Ramsey Live Show in Salt Lake).
The point of this post is not to get sympathy. I've had about as much as I can take thanks to my wonderful friends and ward! :) My point is to take care of your body!!!! I recieved a testimony of this as Jacob and Amanda's husband, Jeff gave me a blessing. In the blessing, Jacob said that the Lord has blessed me greatly with a healthy body that I will heal from this. He also went on to say that when I did get better that I was to help other people because I was healthy and able to do so. I felt like Heavenly Father was basically telling me: "I've given you this body, so take care of it!! It's not so fun when you don't, is it? :) It's a gift, so use it to do good unto others." I knew I hadn't been drinking enough water and I knew my past history with my kidneys so I should have known better.
I have been given this wonderful body that I begged for in the pre-mortal existance and I need to do all I can to ensure that I take care of it to the fullest. That includes taking time to excersize and also eat the right foods! I had been on a sugar binge for the past month or so with complete disregard to what it was doing to my body because I didn't see it on the scale...yet. We need to be proud of our bodies that our Heavenly Father has given us so generously and not be so hard on ourselves, too. We are a work of art, created by our Heavenly Father, and in His likeness and we need to look in the mirror and tell ourselves that. I think we, as women especially, don't see ourselves as Heavenly Father does our wants us to.
So....DRINK YOUR WATER, put only good foods in your body and be proud of them. They really are a gift that we have been given so that we can go forth and do good unto others.