Got the results from the (tropical) Doc yesterday - could have been better, could have been worse. She went through pages and pages of stuff, in a matter-of-fact kind of way, a bit like a teacher reading out your exam results. You know the kind of thing?
Teacher: Physics ... (long pause, whilst you look at the floor)... A.
English... (equally long pause) ... E.
Only this time the report read a little differently:
Doctor: Malaria ... negative
Kidneys... they're fine too
You do have a fungal infection on your foot, so we'll get you some tablets for that...
At this point, allow me to break away from the friendly Doc and confess that I am a failure in life. Yes, that's right, I have never completed a marathon. Failure. My brother's done it. My Dad's done it. I haven't. Just to really rub it in, my Dad's in training for another marathon this year. He's 70. Everyone else is playing bridge, whilst my father runs for four hours non-stop.
So what does that have to do with a fungal infection on the foot? Well, alas, it means that MY marathon training will HAVE to be delayed indefinitely. Shame. Every cloud really does have a silver lining.
The Doc did have more news to share. It seems that I now have my fair share of tropical ailments - all part of the package. Looks like I have:
2. An amoeba (somewhere within...)
3.Salmonella (yes, I've heard of that one)
Better take the tablets, I guess! At least it's not 'man flu'.
Like I said on my last post: I find it so reassuring that it is Jesus Christ who is in control. He died for me and for you (out of love for us), and he is in control. He cares about every detail of our lives and he is in control.