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Archive for September 4th, 2007


Apo Paredes Escapes Catastrophe (APEC) 22

Posted on September 04, 2007 by jimparedes

Thanks to Edd Aragon for the wonderful acronym.

I am finally home.

I was discharged from Blacktown Hospital yesterday afternoon after 5 days of confinement due to dengue fever which I must have contracted in Manila before I arrived in Sydney last August 18. At one point, I really thought I was a goner. I was on my 7th day of high fever, was delirious and my headaches were debilitating. To make matters worse, no one in the hospital had a working knowledge of what dengue was. The doctors only knew about it theoretically. It was Lydia who was a big source of knowledge for them since she had had it before. It’s not surprising that they knew little about the virus since there are no dengue mosquitoes here in NSW. I was in the uncommon and almost laughable situation of being under the care of the best medical system in the world, but with the ‘wrong’ disease.

It has been a grueling experience but it was made so much more bearable by everyone who showed concern and prayed for my recovery.

I sincerely thank all of you who visited, prayed and sent healing intentions. I am humbled that God listened to your prayers. I am so lucky to be loved by true friends and kin who helped Lydia and my family cope during the past few days.

All throughout this ordeal, I was sustained by everyone’s healing love especially Lydia’s. I am really not too well yet since I am recovering from a life-threatening condition. The doctors and staff at the hospital were just simply wonderful and caring and I could not have made it without their dedication and determination in healing their patients.

This will be short. Am still tired. Please continue to pray for my full recovery.

God is good. I thank God for a new lease on life.

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