As I look back on the past, what really gives an impact into my life is when I remember those days that I was so sickly. I really did not get why I had that repetitious health challenges before.
I often got a fever which felt bad in any part of my body. It runs from place to another that I really cannot explain what’s going on.
It happened every now and then until one day I had the strangest health problem that I’d ever been in my childhood. It was when I urinated unconsciously. And that is not a normal urinating process my dearest friends as it occurred every single minute. That is a urinary frequency that I cannot hold every now and then.
My parents got worried about the thought that I might be dehydrated if it takes more than 3 days in that situation.
One day, they decided to bring me into the hospital and have me checked. The confusion started to sink in on my mind and even my mom’s mind because all the lab test results are just normal. I was not admitted on that day since the doctor said they found no problem with my kidney and my urine is clean and no presence of any bacteria that will give them a medical finding that I was infected.
We went home from the hospital the same day. And you know what it did not stop!
That turmoil continued for almost a week that time.
Our neighbor advised my parents to bring me into a local “albularyo” or a folk healer because we really did not know what to do that time. If I remember I was 7 year old at that time.
When we reached the house of the folk healer, he requested my father to carry me close to him. And then the folk healer touched my head and he whispered something which I did not understand.
Eventually, he asked my father a question that goes… Did you stop going to church where you usually visited during his birthday? My father showed a shocking face hearing that question from the folk healer. He rolled his eyes before nodding his head and said, yes, for two successive years we stopped candle lighting to the church where we usually did every birthday of him.
The folk healer in my town started shaking his head showing disagreement to what my father had told him.
And then he said, if you want him to be free from any illnesses like what he suffered previously and recently, you must continue to devote to the saint where you usually brought him and lighted a candle on his birthday. Do it every year because your failure will make your son so sickly.
Upon hearing those words, I had goosebumps. It felt like I was shocked and doubting with what the folk healer had said. On the other hand, I am happy because it felt like finally, I will be healed knowing that he seemed to know the reason behind all these health sufferings I had that time.
When we were on our way home, my father told me that we would visit the church once I would be healed. While walking our way home I felt like my body was lightened and the feeling of frequent urination was gone.
When we reached home, I felt so happy because I did not feel the same feeling I had before we went to the folk healer. It felt so tiring to urinate from every second if I was not mistaken. My parents had me wear a diaper that time to at least had me eased the feeling of being annoyed and disturbed.
And to let you know the saint that my father had devoted me to is the Senior San Narciso and it happened that it’s my father’s name as well. So every birthday of mine, I always make sure to visit the church of Senior San Narciso in Consolacion, Cebu.
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