It was rainy and cold in New York. I was so ready to go back home to Florida. As Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz says, there is no place like home!
My parents and I had finished our Hot Chocolates at the Starbucks near our Leo House Hotel in Chelsea. Goodbyes with hugs and I promised to text them as soon as I got to my hotel near Newark airport. Never will it matter how old I am. Mom and dad always want to know how I am doing and if I am okay. I do love that about them.
It wasn’t to long after I got comfortable and cozy in my hotel I experienced pain. It pulsated through my left rib-cage to my back. I didn’t know what was happening! Nauseous and I started to puke. A lot.
A few painful hours later, I decided to call my OBGYN On call nurse. She had me explain everything I was feeling. I could barely speak at this point. She informed me that the baby is okay however it sounds like I had a kidney infection.
This would need to get taken care of soon.
I could go to the Newark Emergency Room, wait and hope to get in or I could grin and bare it and make my morning flight. I did check with the Emergency rooms in the area. They said if I came in, they would tell me to “get comfortable.” I wasn’t about to wait in an emergency room with the pain I was feeling!
A warm shower. Letting the water hit my my back, helped. I fell asleep.
I made it to the airport just in time for my flight. My body was letting me down. What did I ever do to you but feed you, exercise you and take care of you?
The answer came. As I realized more and more how completely dehydrated I was.
Finally I made it home. My husband gently ordered me to start drinking several glasses of water. He was on his way home with cranberry juice. I sipped and sipped.
This kidney pain was still there. I was starving but I gave up on solid food since I couldn’t keep it down. Since it was the weekend we had decided to try to flush my body with fluids. The nurse said I needed to go in to a walk in or ER if it persisted by Monday. Although the pain was fierce, the last thing I wanted was to destroy my immune system with an antibiotic if it weren’t necessary.
I drank water and sipped cranberry juice.
Several hours later, the kidney pain was gone. The next morning I made coffee for my husband and a hearty breakfast. I felt like a brand new refreshed person!
More water please! This experience made me more aware of how important water is. Especially when you are pregnant and very active.My body was seriously dehydrated.
I was thirsty.
My body let me know in advance in several ways.
I ignored the signs.
Oh how I do this spiritually also! My soul needs to be quenched by the refreshing waters of truth.
My soul and spirit will dry up with pain and discomfort if I don’t soak in the word.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths, for his name’s sake (Psalm 23:1-3, NIV).”
” I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint (Jeremiah 31:25).”