Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 27: Reverse Isolation
By pastor Ronny luces
I confess there were lots of things that I didn’t like during my hospitalization.
Foremost is the cost. I found out that it’s really very expensive to get sick.
It’s no wonder why many people who need immediate medical attention just preferred to stay at home and learn to maximize the use of alternative or herbal medicines.
I even read a joke about a patient who was already healed of his heart ailment and was given the go-signal to be released after his long confinement. But he died of cardiac arrest when he saw his hospital bills!
I certainly hope that it’s really a joke and not a true story.
Next to that, I dislike is the pain and discomfort related to or resulting from my treatment. But I have come to accept them since I knew that they were a significant part of my healing.
But there’s still another thing that I didn’t like – no matter how this doctrine was explained to me.
They called this Reverse Isolation.
According to this phenomenon, I can’t accept visitors in my hospital room because they might have colds, cough, or flu, and their virus may affect me.
While I understand that this was a valid way of safeguarding my already feeble health, I find it difficult to accept it.
That is why there were some instances that I struggled against the insistence of people looking after me to allow people, especially those who came from far away places, to enter my room and pray for me.
I really sympathized with those people who came from churches that I previously served as pastor. I knew that they came from remote communities.
They traveled long distances and spent their hard-earned money on transportation just to show their love and affection to their former pastor.
In a way, I’m grateful that my guardians also granted my requests for exemptions such as these.
Isolation is never a good thing for me because I just don’t want to be alone.
Posted on FB: 19 March 2015 – 7:18 PM
About the Author
Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of the Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and his wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.
Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.
In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.
Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny wrote his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.” In July 2015, he passed away.
May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.