Thursday, April 2, 2015

I'm Still Alive But I'm Barely Breathing

Oi meu povo!!! I hope you are all alive and well and healthy and happy!! This week has been an adventure!

So basically I got really sick. Sorry I don't want to worry anyone so I'll just start out by saying that I'm totally fine and today is my first official day without having to use my medicines so we're all good! 

I'll try to explain what happened really simply and quickly but I'm not very good at writing emails so sorry in advance. Monday night we came home and started planning and I started feeling really naseous and lightheaded. It was super weird because I had felt fine the whole day so Sister Wootan and I thought maybe I was just tired. We grabbed one of our fans and I just sat on the ground in front of the fan and tried to breathe really slowly but after like ten minutes I barely made it to the bathroom to start throwing up. So yeah...That's where it all started. I threw up for a while and it finally stopped so I showered and tried to go to bed but I couldn't sleep. I was hot and uncomfortable and still in a lot of pain and really I only got like an hour and a half of sleep and I ended up throwing up more and there may have been some diarrhea...sorry haha We called Sister Young (president's wife) since she helps whenever we're sick and she helped us a little and told us what to do. We ended up staying inside all day Tuesday and I only ate an apple and like maybe ten crackers.

The weird thing was that we had been calling the Elders about what was happening and Elder Malone (the one in our district from Riverside, CA) got the exact same sickness. He was throwing up at the exact same times and couldn't sleep. Somehow he made it to our lunch appt that day but he was dying and he and his comp stayed home the rest of the day.

The next day I was feeling a little better (still really weak, but better) and we decided to try to work since I hadn't thrown up since the morning before. We made it to Liberdade but after our first lesson, I started feeling a lot of pain. Like a lot. I really wanted to work since we had a member with us so I made it through two lessons and then we went to meet with Edivaldo. We started the lesson and I couldn't speak. Sister Wootan finally asked me to testify at the end since I hadn't said anything and I said like two sentences and started to cry a little. Not embarrasssing at all...Sister Wootan started freaking out so we left, but we had to wait for the onibus to make it back to Centro so we called Sis Young and she told us to go home (obviously). We made it home and the rest of the day seemed kind of normal and I slept a little and tried to eat a little and I wasn't feeling that sick, but around 9pm I started to feel a lot of pain and I threw up again. We called the Elders too, but Malone wasn't sick still so we called a member to get a blessing. After the blessing, I felt better for a little so I tried to go to sleep but then I felt an insane amount of pain, more pain than I've ever felt in my life...So we called the members again (Vilson who gave me the blessing and his wife Gedilza who is the RS pres - love them so much) and they walked us to the hospital (we called Sis Young for permission). I had to walk to the hospital...Sis Wootan and Gedilza kinda dragged me because I could barely walk. I broke out in a cold sweat all over my body but we made it there and got help and they got me an ambulance to another hospital. The pain finally stopped and we made it there and they told me I had a fever. They gave me an IV (first time in my life!) and they took some blood and I peed in a cup and they made me sit a wheelchair and it was great...After a couple hours, they told me I had an intestinal infection. 

They took us back home in the ambulance and I finally slept!!! Oh and great news, Brasil is awesome and everything was free! We made it to District Meeting the next morning and I got my meds but we stayed home to rest for the rest of the day. I was really really weak. I lost 7 pounds in those three days. But we made it back to work after that and life has been wonderful!!!

Guess what?! We had 3 investigators at church yesterday!!! Edivaldo made it from Liberdade and he has committed to be baptized this next Sunday so we just gotta make sure he comes to church again! And we had two random people who we had never even talked to before! Julio Cesar and Vitoria!!! We'll be teaching all of them this week like crazy. And it's great because the Sister Treinadoras are supposed to be coming tomorrow. Vamos batizar y'all!!!! This weeks email title should have been milagres haha

Oh and I made it to Mosias 18 this week in the Livro de Mórmon! 

Eu amo vocês!

Com amor,
Sister Alia Yun Earls

And really, don't worry I'm totally healthy now and I'm eating normally again. We're still not exactly sure what happened but it was something that both Elder Malone and I ate...So we narrowed it down to two things that we ate last Sunday so we're just gonna be careful when we go back to those members' houses.


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