Monday, April 4, 2016

So basically I had dengue

Hello people! It is raining over here and there is a cat sitting right next to me in the cyber and I am basically on cloud 9 because of that. 
Oh, you don't care about the cat and just want to hear about my burst of basically dengue? Fine. I see how it is. Cat haters.

So a little over a week ago I started having stomach problems and a headache. After P-day last week, my temperature started rising and I was hurting a lot in my neck. I know that when your neck starts to hurt that never means anything good, so I figured that it was time to call Hna Ayre (We are basically pretty use to talking to each other now because I have been calling her quite a bit recently because of some issues that my companion is having, and she now recognizes my voice when I call. I am special=)) and we thought there was a possibility that I had meningitis. She figured it wasn't worth risking, so at like 10pm we went on my second night adventure to the hospital! This time, we went to Hospital Britanico, so that was exhilarating (but don't be fooled, it was all very Argentine. But there were signs in English and Chinese!). So after quite a bit of waiting and some pretty light testing, the medic told me I had a viral infection. He told me to spend three days in bed and to drink lot's of water and avoid fruits and vegetables (umm... what?) and take some ibuprofen. So then we went back to the apartment and I slept a lot the next day and was able to read a lot of the Book of Mormon, which was so great because we had a goal as a mission to finish it before conference and I was very, very much behind. I am not the type of person that reads fast! But yeah the next day I started working again, but Hna Ayre told me to start on a antibiotic because we didn't really think the diagnosis was 100% amazing, and I was still having gastrointestinal distress. And fast forward a few days, and I am pretty much okay! I just have a cough now, but I am all great now! We still don't know exactly what I had, but I did have some of the symptoms of dengue so I'll just keep that going around=) I think it was actually a bit of a blessing so I could get some more sleep (I was sooooooo tired) and catch up on the Book of Mormon. Miracles come in crazy ways!

The Work and the Glory
Missionary work keeps on keeping on here in Soldati! It is a little bit hard here but I really love the ward. They were baptizing a lot in this area last year but basically none of the people are still active. So we are trying to find some hardy, gospel-ready people which is a little tough in the villa. Right now we don't have any investigators that are progressing but I know that if I do my part, it will all be just fine! 

General Conference
So I am sure the majority of you watched Conference this last week, and it was so good! I loved it. I got a lot of good notes and answers to questions. We had a pleasant surprise during the Saturday evening session, because we got to watch it with Presidente and Hermana Ayre and two of their kids! He had a baptismal interview or something and didn't leave in time, they were stuck watching it with us. =) The English room was featured on the MisiĆ³n Bs As Norte facebook page, and I am seen sporting a carton of orange juice. I got to keep it fun with those conference snacks!
But in all seriousness, it was probably one of the best conferences ever. I especially loved the talks by Sister Oscarson, Elder Gong, and the General Authority who talked on humility. The general vibe I was getting this conference was that we need to put our doctrine into action, and help other people! What have I been telling you guys! ¡Tenemos que actuar ya! I love the Spirit that was felt as I was able to listen to those inspired men and women that guide our Church. 

I hope you all have a week de diez. Do some good in the world today! See you all soon enough!

Elder Hardcastle=)

Just your average trip to the hospital at almost 1 o'clock in the morning.

 Spot my fanny pack facha.

Some of the great families of Soldati.

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