I haven't been feeling 100% for a few weeks, but on Sunday afternoon I started to go rapidly downhill.
So on Christmas Eve I decided to go to the hospital to get myself checked out. After phoning ahead, I was told that I needed to get there in the next half an hour to guarantee that I was tested before the lab technician clocked off. So off on a boda I went and Caleb kindly came with me for the Christmas Eve night time ride and more importantly to keep me company.
We got to the hospital and I quickly did the tests and then we patiently waited for the results.
I was VERY shocked when I went in to see the doctor for the results.
He told me that I had a very serious bacterial infection. That 0 is normal, if it was a 10 you would feel like you were living in Hell........ but mine was at 25! The doctor told me that if I had left it much longer to come in, that I would have rapidly developed a very high temperature, then the infection have got into my blood stream, gone to my brain and then he told me thatI would have been dead within 2 weeks!
It was shocking!
I cried at the thought of leaving my three children without a mother!
The doctor then went on to explain the difference between a viral infection (which we usually get in the UK and which we can usually easily get over without meds) and then a bacterial infection, which can be deadly!
I think that's the last time I will EVER diagnose myself online to save myself money and time! I self medicated (you can buy anything over the counter here) but it was actually making my condition worse! So as well as taking 500 mg of antibiotics a day, I now have to take meds for a yeast infection every 6 hours for 4 days as well!
As I rode home in the darkness, I was so grateful to God that I had caught this infection in time, and so thankful that I had the money to pay the 123,00 shillings (£29/$46) to get the treatment and meds that I so desperately needed. It obviously wasn't my time to go, and I really know now, that once again, my time and life are in HIS hands.
It was lovely to get home and see that the Christmas elves had laid the table beautifully for breakfast (including crackers!)
and that Santa had already visited and left us all presents under the tree!
PS Thanks for sorting all that out darling:)