lessons learned from sickness

Reverse Isolation

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 27: Reverse Isolation

lessons learned from sickness

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 of 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 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 just 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 for transportation just to show their love and affection to their former pastor.

In a way I’m grateful that my requests for exemptions such as these were also granted by my guardians.

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

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and 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 has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

New Zealand Fights Child Poverty Through Campbell Live and KidsCan

At first, it seems unbelievable to me that child poverty in New Zealand is quite serious.  A recent study revealed that about “270,000 live in households where incomes fall below recognised poverty thresholds”.

I heard it from the news.  Then Cambell Live, a popular current affairs programme in New Zealand, took time to confirm what the child poverty study results say.

When the TV show documented what the kids in decile 10 and decile 1 schools were having for lunch, I was quite shocked watching the big difference.

While decile 10 pupils enjoyed the choices of fruits, sandwiches, sausages, bread and biscuits in their lunch boxes, pupils in the decile 1 group had almost none.  Unbelievable but true!

To realize clearly what I’m saying, you’ve got to watch the video by clicking on the link below…

Lunchbox differences in decile 1 and decile 10 schools

As the Cambell live video camera panned the empty tables of decile 1 pupils, I can’t help but be heartbroken for these children.

Also, I can’t imagine how one pupil, even if he or she had only chips or soda for lunch would eat while around him or her had none.

The most common reaction would be to say that the parents of these poor children were remiss of their responsibilities.  However, granting if their parents indeed are irresponsible, will society let them suffer?

I agree with Campbell’s view that something has to be done to address the issue because it’s not the children’s fault when they are in hunger or poor condition.

This viewer’s comment expresses my personal conviction:

“I agree that SOME parents need to rethink their spending but there are so many good parents out there who do care and they are being lumped under the same umbrella. In order to truly understand how these families are living you have to walk a mile in their shoes, until then it’s all just speculation. This is a vicious cycle that just repeats itself from one generation to the next. The only way we can change this is if ALL NZders pull their heads out of the sand, stop pointing fingers at the poor, the government, and anyone else they can blame and instead, offer a helping hand in whatever way they can.”

Read more: Campbell Live and KidsCan present Lunchbox Day

Campbell Live and KidsCan held “Lunchbox Day” on September 28.  Schools, businesses, and communities held fund raising programs.  The event raised the over $300,000 and still counting.

They are aiming for $1.8 million, the budget needed to give school lunches for children in decile one through four schools.

Indeed, the Lunchbox Day became a “celebration of community and kindness” as Campbell Live and KidsCan vision it to be.