On a Dime

It had been a week of fever, crushing headache, body aches, joint pain, and a mysterious rash when I finally panicked and went to the emergency room for evaluation.  What a bizarre world is the ER.  I saw a man, severely sunburned from head to toe, who had fallen asleep in the sun.  I saw another man pulling teeth out of his mouth, stating that he had fallen down a flight of stairs.  I saw a mother holding a listless child in her arms.

As I lay hooked up to an IV, I thought about all the people who have rested in ER beds, their lives having turned on a dime.  One minute life seemed normal and the next minute they found themselves in a bed being diagnosed with cancer, with kidney stones, with a head injury.

I remember listening to a minister who regularly preached “Live a life worth dying for.”  What I presumed he meant was to live life whole heartedly, with gratitude and grace, so that when it’s over you will have lived thoroughly.  At least that’s how I interpreted his charge.

For me, I was lucky.  I tested positive for Lyme disease . . . an inconvenience, yes, but nothing life threatening (thank heavens for antibiotics).  I think of those whose lives change daily, unexpectedly and I resolve to live on a quarter — just in case someday my life turns on a dime.

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2 thoughts on “On a Dime

  1. dmurgido

    Love your blog this week. How true it is to live each day to the fullest and enjoy life as you know it to be. Life not only turns on a dime but can change in a blink of an eye and you lose a loved one.
    Thank you for sharing and providing such insight into our lives.


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