Wednesday, September 24, 2008


In Spanish, "the flu." Apparently it's been going around for months, but it hit me like a ton o'bricks Monday morning for the first time this year, so bad that by 11am my alternating fever/chills were uncontrollable and my roommate graciously drove me home from the office.

Since then, I've done nothing much but sleep for 18 hours a day...but one positive thing about being completely bed-ridden is a chance to read books that had just been sitting neglected on the shelf--like a book I bought ages ago called Camino a Casa (The Way Home) by Henri Nouwen. It's an amazing read thus far, and I must say that reading English books translated to Spanish is a lot easier than books written in Spanish first!!

I'm starting to feel a little better, so today I ventured out to the store to buy some fruit and Gatorade--everything was going just fine until I hit the checkout line. Suddenly, as I was staring outside into the light (there's a song waiting to be written here), my vision grew blurry and I felt like I was going to throw up and pass out (in that order). I hastily grabbed onto the nearest vending machine and tried to maintain control while coughing. Thankfully, after about 2 scary minutes (which felt like 15), the sensation passed, and I was able to check out, bag my groceries, hail a cab (I wasn't taking any chances even though it's only a 10 minute walk to my house), and get home without further incident. (BTW, this is the second time this has happened to me here--the other time was in a local farmacy. So weird.)
Meanwhile, as the increased levels of rain slowly bring the temperature down to a less insane level, the political climate is heating up with the official start of the municipal election season here in Nicaragua tomorrow (election day is Nov. 5th). On Saturday our Dordt students got a first hand taste of it as they almost couldn't leave Leon for our trip to Granada because of some anti-protest protestors (it's complicated) blocking the roads in and out of the city. The situation actually got much worse before it got better, but thankfully by then the students had made it out and were safe with us until the crisis was resolved--and they got back into Leon just fine later that night.


Dawn said...

praying you'll feel better very soon. i'm glad you have a great read; i wish i could give you some tlc.

Javier said...

me too... i mean, praying...