As if one ambulance ride wasn’t enough, this week I got the rare chance of riding in an ambulance, going to the emergency room, going to a clinic, and being quarantined in our apartment for two and a half days with a highly contagious virus. Not bad for my second week. Not many can say they’re as intimate with the Japanese medical system as I can after such a short a time in this fabulous country.
On Thursday we traveled to a different area and I taught and worked with some other missionaries while my regular companion was at a leadership conference. It was pretty wet so I got nice and soaked. Probably not wise after being sick. But I got to teach eikaiwa (English conversation lessons) and it was fabulous! Teaching English is such a quality time.
On Friday, we realized that I had blisters all over my hands and feet and was starting to get red dots on my legs. Fearing the worst (not death, chicken pox) we were able to make a last-minute appointment with a clinic, but it was 20 minutes from the time we called, and we were at a park in Yokohama thirty minutes away. We biked like our lives depended on it, in skirts and blouses up this ridiculously steep hill. I was sweating buckets and two Japanese women in a car next to us were dying of laughter as we did all our interval-style sprints up this monstrous hill.
Solar panels and clothes line-drying!
Luckily, I didn’t have chicken pox, I had some other similar virus, but it meant I had to stay indoors for a few days until I wasn’t contagious. We were pretty frustrated, because we wanted to be out and working. But twice in one day, we came upon a scripture and heard it from our mission leader on the phone : it was from ア ルマー(Alma) 32:6, where the servants of the king cried because robbers had scattered their flocks, and Ammon rejoiced because he saw this crisis as an opportunity to serve them. According to Wada shimai, 機器は機械(ききはきかい)- that is, “crisis is the opportunity.”
A scripture that really stood out to me this week was about charity. Cooped up in an apartment all day 24/7 with another person means you end up needing a lot of charity. Obviously we should have endless charity anyways, but it’s always good to have a reminder I think:
“1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
– 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13 –