where to begin with what happened this week??? i don’t know, but i can say that like nephi says, the tender mercies of the Lord are ALL OVER. and I saw that multiple, big times this week.
so let me tell you the full and complete story. pictures are attached, you’re welcome 😉 i took videos during this too. but those will have to wait (too big to email)
- background story: a few weeks ago, my comp and i were walking past a hospital and i expressed how i NEVER want to have to go to a phils hospital EVER. so yeah. how ironic when i end up in one just days later? be careful what you say out loud!
- so our activity at this farm place was way fun. and here is the hilarious part. and i already gave you the general idea of what happened last week, so i’ll just pick up from there. while waiting at the farm for the elders to get us transportation to the hospital, i was deciding how i would get to the transportation. i decided that i should hop on my other leg as to not put pressure on the wood, that could possibly go deeper into my leg. so i start hopping along. i had to hop along a bridge, over the water. i was about to raise up my hands (in a rocky type of way) as my whole zone watches us go towards to motor, to show that i was fine, and victorious, and whatever trying to be funny. i’m hopping along when BOOM my foot totally breaks a slat in the bridge and my foot starts to fall through. luckily the elders by me grabbed me quickly and i continued to hobble off to the motor. don’t worry, i was fine. it was just HILARIOUS. seriously, so funny. my whole zone thinks i’m handicapped now haha.
- last monday i spent the WHOLE day in the hospital. the ww2 looking hospital. it was so filthy and so not clean. ironically, all this time i was wearing my intermountain shirt, and wishing that i was in an intermountain facility! they had me on an iv, which i was so mad about. they insisted i have it, said i was refusing medical treatment if i didn’t let them put it in. so i let them. they numbed my leg with local anesthetic, made a 2 inch slice in my calf, spread apart the skin, and removed the wickedly sharp piece of wood. it was pretty deep in. then they sewed me up with 2 stiches only. then they sent to to my hospital room, with my 2 other roommates. sister mortensen was the one with me the whole day and boy am i grateful for her! i’m also so grateful for the elders who were with us. all of us were americans, so it was a relief that we could really express how we all feel about philippines healthcare without offending anyone! haha
- so i was stuck, sitting on this bed indefinitely. that’s when they said that they wanted to keep me overnight. i was like, “you have got to be kidding me!” so after counseling with our zone leader elder burton and sister maurer, i signed a paper that would allow me to leave at 8pm that. oh, that paper was me signing against medical advice. so yeah, i can check that off my bucket list now haha. such a rebel!
- at 8pm they let me leave. which was a relief. my comp and i (hobbling) went to the pharmacy to get my prescriptions- an antibiotic and nsaid. ok i’m taking to long and writing too many unnecessary details so i will skip ahead!
- tuesday morning we had zone training meeting. it was super good, and i was so glad that i didn’t have to stay in the hospital so that i could be there! after that we left to tacloban because 1) we had a sisters training the next day and 2) my companion had to take her english test since she’s going home soon. while we were at the mission home i emailed last week. and was under sister maurers watchful care. which was good because the redness surrounding my wound was spreading. sister maurer was communicating with the doc in manila about what to do. he prescribed more antibiotics and told me to keep off it. luckily we were at the mission home the whole next day so sister maurer could keep an eye on it with me! meanwhile, president maurer was making jokes about amputating my leg. going so far as to grab a knife from the kitchen asking, “do you think this one is big enough?” haha. it was really incredible timing. not coincidental that we happened to be in tacloban at this time.
- wednesday we had the sisters training which was awesome. i was still hobbling around and trying to sit as much as possible. shoutout to mom! sister maurer came and gave me hug after the training. she said that you messaged her mom! she said the hug was from you and i teared up, just a little 🙂 wednesday night we spent in tacloban because there were no rides home to sogod. it was so wonderful because for other random circumstances, the sisters that i’m closest with with in tacloban that night! the ones i was with during ruby! it was so fun! just another tender mercy!
- Thursday morning my leg was looking really good! i had the green light from sister maurer to go home, but strict instructions that i could NOT WORK. i oymed to guys on our travel back to sogod. here’s my story there (copied from my email to president) Although I spent most of my time in our apartment this week, I had a neat experience. On our travel from Tacloban to Sogod, I was talking to my two seatmates. They were professional billiard players, traveling to a competition. Many of the things they said highlighted gospel truths that I was able to testify of. I really experienced the gift of tongues. I understood everything that they were saying, until one of them said something inappropriate to me. Suddenly I couldn’t understand anything they were saying. I don’t know what was said, but the Spirit withdrew and I no longer understood. I could truthfully respond back to them, “I don’t understand what you’re saying,” and soon they quit saying such things. I am so grateful for the Spirit and the gift of tongues!
- after we got home, my foot/ankle swelled up BIG TIME. so i just kept off it. members brought us food, it was awesome. i napped, wrote letters, and was SO BORED. i hate not being able to work. its the worst. meanwhile the redness on my leg is increasing, then decreasing, then increasing, back and forth.
- friday morning i woke up WORRIED. the redness was getting bigger. it hurt so bad. i texted sister maurer and she didn’t respond so i called. she told me to have the zone leaders go and get the extra prescriptions and for me to take them asap and to see if i have a fever then text her back. she said “we’re waving right now. we’re driving through sogod on our way to a district conference. wish we had time to stop and say hello!” after that, i hobbled upstairs to get my thermometer and as i was coming back downstairs my comp said “why is president maurer here?” we looked outside and the maurers and the newly arrived sr missionary couple got out of the car and came into our apt! sister maurer said she felt like they should come and check on me. and it is no coincidence that sister hansen, the new sr missionary sister is a NURSE. she took one look at my leg and said, “this could be cellulitis” then drew a boundary around the redness so we could track how quickly it was increasing. President Maurer gave me a blessing! this timing was INSPIRED. i feel sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo blessed.
- the wonderful elders went to get my prescriptions and i’ve started to take them!
currently: i’m still taking them, the redness is still going back and forth though. so i’m still not allowed to work. pray that the antibiotics can knock this infection out! don’t worry, i’m not worried.
overall, i’ve been soooooooo bored this week. a member has sat with me while my companion goes out to work with a branch missionary (lucky!!). i’ve been so bored but i feel SO BLESSED. the hand of the Lord has been in this completely. i guess i just need to learn the Christlike attribute of patience 🙂
i love you all! i’m totally fine! don’t worry 🙂
love, j/sister brereton
pic 2: my leg
pic 3: i was so calm during the whole thing #thespirit