I have been sick with food poisoning for twenty-one LONG days! It’s been awful… I didn’t know which symptom was worse – my choices: fevers, stomach cramps, bloating, stomach pressure, nausea, and the minute-by-minute runs to the bathroom. NOT FUN! By the 16th day I was so OVER the whole experience and at my wits end! I didn’t know what else to do, in order to get well.
I drank teas (peppermint & chamomile), drank cola, drank ginger ale, ate soup & crackers, ate rice, did a colon cleanse, and ate yogurt. Nothing seemed to do the trick. On day 16 I decided I would ignore the stomach cramps, and still do my weekly walk to the park. I read somewhere on the Internet that exercise is sometimes helpful for aiding stomach issues.
As I walked, initially I could barely stand up straight and forget taking note of the pretty day, I was just trying to get down the street without having an accident in my pants. However, I refused to quit and after a half-mile my muscles started to loosen and the walking seemed to ease some of the gas in my digestive system – Ah finally some relief! I could finally look up and take note of the lush greenery, pretty blue sky, and warm sun. It was a beautiful day.
After walking a mile, I decided to turn back and head on home. On the return walk home, I thought about how good this small window of freedom from my symptoms felt and I didn’t want to let this feeling go! I clutched by stomach and prayed “God please remove any and all foreign objects that do not belong.”
Two days after my walk I opted to do a second colon cleanse and I think it did the trick.
It caused me to spend two more days running to the bathroom but I think I finally got whatever didn’t belong inside of me, out of me…
Not sure what finally worked, maybe it was the combination of remedies, maybe it was my body running through the natural course of the poisoning, or maybe it was my little prayer to God.
It doesn’t really matter what lead to my healing, but something shifted inside of me in these last 21 days. I have a newfound appreciation for health and I NOW roll over thankful for it every day!
Two quotes that ran through my mind during those days of being doubled over in stomach, colon, and kidney pain and misery:
- “Dear Jesus, do something.”
―Vladimir Nabokov, Author
- “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
―Søren Kierkegaard, Author
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