Praise be. Did you take any antivirals?
#1 Dragonfly (Homepage) on 2008-09-22 04:46
Nope ... since my liver enzymes were normal throughout, we opted to wait and see if it would clear. Which it did. Much to my inexpressible relief. =)
#1.1 AliRae (Homepage) on 2008-09-22 10:01
I am so, so glad you posted this. Writing is at it's very best when it is honest, in my opinion.

And I'm so glad you're okay.
#2 Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! (Homepage) on 2008-09-22 10:32
I'm glad you posted this too. I have been thinking you and prayed for you ever since I read about your needle stick. I have been lurking for months and have really been blessed by your blog! (In fact, I recommended it on my own blog recently.)
#3 Kim (Homepage) on 2008-09-22 10:41
I am so glad to know that you are okay, also.

I have learned that my faith wasn't worth much until it was tested. When things happened in my life that were worst-case scenario (like the death of my mom a year ago), it was so reassuring to see God on the other side of the awful, too.

I don't believe in the brand of Christianity that says that we are all supposed to be in a certain place at a certain time to see God's will in our lives. I think that life happens and it is up to us to see God's will during the wonderful times and the terrible times.

I hope that your faith is strengthened with every trial and that no matter what comes your way, you have the peace that surpasses all understanding.
#4 Snadrs on 2008-09-22 18:35
Oh wow, I am awestruck and elated!

HE mended you. What a glorious gift!!! HE never gives us more than we can handle, and I can only suppose that we are better, more empathetic people for our suffering.

My Dad passed away this Spring, a (relatively) young, strong, healthy Christian in every respect, and he died of a sudden heart attack. I held his cold hand as the emergency personnel worked on him in vain but could not bring him back to me.

Our pastor comforted me with the knowledge that my Dad's work here was done. It was not my Dad's plan to leave me, it was God's plan that my Dad was finished here.

Still, I couldn't help but have my eyes open to the suffering of the world and ask why God would allow such awful pain. My only conclusion thus far, is that everybody who lives, dies, our time on this Earth is brief, and somehow our suffering helps keep our humanity so we can empathize and help others in need. Always looking up to Him to help guide us until we can be reunited in Heaven.

Ali, I couldn't be more proud of you sharing your story, living your life, and trusting in Him as you do. You are an inspiration. Big hugs from a 28-year old mother of two, housewife in NY.
#5 ChristieNY (Homepage) on 2008-09-22 23:18
Hi Ali,

I've recently (two months ago) decided to apply to volunteer for Mercy Ships and ever since I made that decision I've been following your blog. I've gone through and read all your previous posts and I get excited every time that I see that you've posted something new. I am always moved by your unbelievable experiences and how you are able to convey them in such an eloquent and personal manner.

I read this latest post and I'm not really sure why I'm commenting. After I read it I knew that I needed to respond in some way but it's taken me two days to even come to this point and I still don't really know what to write. I definitely share your happiness in your joyous news and your story gave me a lot to think about while I was sitting in the doctor's office this morning waiting to get my physical and hepatitis vaccinations.

Needless to say, your writing has in no small way had a positive effect on my life for at least the next year and a half (and probably for as long as I live) as I apply and hopefully am accepted to serve along side you and the many others aboard the Africa Mercy. For that, I say thank you.

I know you're very busy and your spare time is precious but if you get a chance I'd very much like to correspond with you.

#6 Ryan on 2008-09-24 06:42
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