Well, this weekend was pretty eventful! I spent the last 24 hours or so in the ER in first Zoetermeer, and then Den Haag! Crazy! Here’s a quick little run down of what happened:
We were at a dinner appointment with [new member and sister]. I ate a piece of breaded chicken, when my normal, weird throat thing started to happen. (it happens every now and again at home, and usually isn’t a big deal) It’s already happened once at home, so Zr. Weber knew what was happening. So I went to the bathroom and tried to gag it all up. I was in there for like 30 minutes gagging, but it wasn’t clearing up like normal. I tried to wait it out for a bit, but it wasn’t changing. So, I called President Bunnel. From what I described to him he didn’t think it was an alergic reaction (because I could still breathe), but something with acid reflex, esophigus (spelled wrong 🙂 thing. He recommended I try drinking some oil to try and slide it down, but nothing was working. I couldn’t even swallow my spit! But again, I could still breathe just fine, so we weren’t super worried. Eventually, Zr. Weber was giving the lesson while I was on the phone with President and in the bathroom trying to throw it up(TMI) (it was actually a super awesome lesson and [new member’s sister] finally committed to read a chapter from the Book of Mormon!!!). President recommended that I try going on a walk in the cool air to see if that helped. Really, nothing was helping. So, we went home and I tried to lay down and just let it pass. At like 10:30pm there was still no change, so President recommended that I go to the hospital. So, the elders came over and gave me a blessing, then [new member] took us to the hospital with the tram.
After waiting for doctors and jumping through some hoops, we eventually got in to see a doctor. Luckily [new member] was there!!!! She was a LIFESAVER with translation and paperwork and everything!!!! The doctor came and gave me this shot in my thigh that would help relax my esophagus. We were waiting and waiting and nothing was really happening. So, they decided someone needed to stick a camera down my throat and see what was up. But, they didn’t have any of those people at the hospital, so I had to be transported to Den Haag….by ambulance. We didn’t have a car, so that was the only option. It was actually really fun! They wrapped me up in a blanket and strapped me to a gournie and wheeled me away! [new member] and Zr. Weber also rode with me Haha, we did some great ‘ambulance contacting’ and the guys were really nice 🙂
Okay, so when we finally got to Den Haag they gave me another shot in my arm with the same throat relaxing stuff, trying it again. When nothing happened, they decided I needed to be admitted to the hospital and they would do the scope the next morning. Nobody was allowed to stay with me, so I said tot ziens to everyone and was wheeled upstairs! I was in a room with 2 old ladies, who were great 🙂 By this time it was like 3am. I did manage to get some sleep. The next morning I was feeling better, but still couldn’t swallow anything. Haha, I didn’t actually end up seeing the doctor until like 11am, so I spent the whole morning reading my dutch book of mormon, my white handbook, and whatever else I could find in my bag 🙂 Haha, hospitals are really boring when you can’t watch tv or anything! I also talked to the old ladies a bit too.
Eventually I saw the doctor and she (she was a cool woman from India) said I would need a scope done. At around 1pm the nurse came in and hooked me up to an IV, then by 2:30 I was in the scope! They knocked me out (thank GOODNESS!!!), so that was a huge relief! Haha, I have a vague memory of talking to the doctor in dutch while waking up from the anestesia, but I’m not 100% sure what I said! After I was fully awake there was a cute lady by my bed asking what I wanted to eat and drink. YES!!!!!!! I’d been watching the old ladies get their food and drinks all day, just dying of thirst! All I wanted was some nice, cool appel juice. So that’s what I ordered! Haha, I drank it so fast that I had to keep calling them back and asking for more! They also gave me a sandwich, which I chewed VERY carefully.It was great to get some food in my system and be able to swallow again! They said I could go home then! I do have a follow up appointment in a couple of weeks, so hopefully we’ll hear more then! The doctor told me that one of the rings in my esophigus is smaller than the others, so that’s where food gets stuck sometimes. But that explains a lot! For now I’m just super paranoid and chewing my food very carefully! (lol I had a smoothie for breakfast:). [Ward mission leader] and [new member] and Zr. Weber came and picked me up afterwards, and we all went to [ward mission leader’s] house for dinner (it was like 5pm by then)! My throat is still a little swollen and tender from the scope, but other than that I am doing great! Poor President Bunnel, I think I kept him up all night as well 😦 Lol, there was no weekly missionary email from him, and I think it’s my fault 🙂
Well, I’m not sure if that was ‘a quick little run down’, but that’s the “condensed version.” I’m doing totally fine right now, so no worries! Other than that, I’m not really sure what happened this week lol. We did get to do a cool “MTC experience” night with the Youth from the Wassenaar ward. They all got name tags and were sorted into districts. Then, we were their MTC teachers and taught them a lesson and some dutch. It was really fun and I felt the Spirit really strongly as we were teaching. It was fun to get them excited about missionary work! Oh, and we also got to go to Wouter’s farm with all 4 sisters, which was SUPER fun! His mom made us pannenkoeken afterwards, which was echt lekker! It was great!
Well, I hope I didn’t give you all took much of a scare! I hope you have an awesome week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.Hospital selfie after the scope. I was feeling great!
.My little desk at the hospital
.Oh, and I forgot to mention. Look who’s coming to Zoetermeer April 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!! We are all SOOO PUMPED here!!!!!
.Here’s a picture from earlier that day. We got Roti for Zr. Wahlquist’s birthday!
[new member] has some more fun pictures of the ambulance and whatnot, so I’ll send those next week 🙂