It was Saturday night. Exactly one week after the horrific car crash that happened in front of our house and turned our driveway into a triage center. (Check out Ashlee Latimer’s blog post here for more information on that eventful and tragic weekend). I was completely exhausted after dinner, so I did some dishes and went to bed at 7:30.
In the middle of the night I suddenly woke up with body aches, nausea, fever, and chills. I was shivering under the blankets in my 79 degree bedroom! I woke up the next morning, feeling okay after a cold shower. I survived church and lunch before we got back home and I headed straight to bed. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I figured it was just a bug and I could sleep it off. Sunday night was the same thing. Monday and Tuesday followed with absolutely horrible headaches and nausea. I went running on the beach with the crew just to see if it would help me throw up. (I did throw up, I didn’t feel any better though). I was taking ibuprofen and drinking ginger ale to help my stomach (Unfortunately, Canada Dry is no Vernors and it didn’t help).
So Wednesday morning comes around. While Maryalice, Daniel and Josh are working out at the beach, Ashlee loads the kids in the car, takes me to the clinic, and sits with me. The doctor was worried I might have dengue fever. But she was also concerned that I haven’t peed in 24 hours, so she was going to hook me up to some fluids while we waited for test results.
I had two bags of fluids and some pain medicine during my “day at the spa” as Ashlee called it: an air conditioned room, cable TV, no children running around, drinks going straight into my hand…literally. Except for the part where I felt absolutely miserable, it was a great day at the spa (and expensive…thank you for helping me stay alive, donors!)
The test results came back normal. No dengue! Thank you Jesus.
Just severely dehydrated. Oops. I didn’t see that coming.
Guys, I’m talking so dehydrated that when the nurse tried to put the IV in my hand the first time and failed, I didn’t bleed. She was amazed. “You are SUPER dehydrated! No blood came out. That’s not good.”
After five hours at the spa, the doctor sent me home with orders to take it easy and drink a lot of coconut water (but not early in the morning because coconut water lowers your blood pressure and you could pass out if you drink it on an empty stomach…fun fact for you!).
But heres the thing: I drink water! I drink a lot of water. But I’ve never sweat like I do here! Seriously. I just wasn’t a sweaty person until living here. So I have a lot of adjusting to do. But honestly, I would have never guessed I was dehydrated. I didn’t see it coming. And drinking ginger ale only made me more dehydrated. I just didn’t know!
Theres a lady at the bible who was dehydrated (kind of) and she didn’t know it as well. Check this out. John 4:
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the welland drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus tells this woman at the well she’s going to stay thirsty if she keeps drinking water from this well. It’s not going to quench her thirst. She’s going to go back every day for more. It’s like drinking salt water. But he offers her something so much more.
The world is constantly offering us water they say will satisfy us. But its a lie, they’re selling you salt water. They make it look pretty and call it fame. They call it fortune. They call it beauty. They call it a good time. But please believe me when I tell you that drinking this salt water will only make you thirstier. If you’re searching for satisfaction in the things this world offers, you may not know this but you are dehydrating yourself. Just like when I thought my ginger ale was helping me, it was only hurting me.
But just as Jesus offered the Samaritan woman, he offers us the same thing; living water. Overflowing water. Eternal life. We’ll never go thirsty again.
I learned something important this week: hydrate or die. Dehydration is something that should not be taken lightly. It comes on slow, almost sneaky. You notice small symptoms, but you brush them off. No big deal.Then so suddenly, like a thief in the night, next thing you know you’re miserable, sick, you feel like you might be dying.
Drink down the salt water this world’s selling and you’re going to die of thirst faster. Go to any other source but Jesus for your drink, and your thirst just gets worse. – Ann Voskamp