My second baby came early.
Barely 35 weeks pregnant, I was rushed to the hospital when my water broke unexpectedly.
(…in CHURCH, no less – and if you ever want a few hundred people praying your baby into the world? Start having her during the 10am service.)
But as I was wheeled into the maternity ward, I spied a baby boy through the glass, born just that morning – he was ALSO born at 35 weeks. And he was blue.
Incubator. Lights. Tubes.
With one nervous wreck of a mama.
My hand on my belly, I prayed God would miraculously grow this baby for as long as He would hold her in my womb. And they wheeled me into my room…
Three days (and very little sleep) later, my body still hadn’t gone into labor. The fluid levels were getting dangerously low. And panic was setting in.
So after the doctors induced my labor and a rush of water and blood brought a tiny (but strong) 4-pound-15-ounce baby girl into the delivery room, I thought the danger was over.
She was healthy. Pink. And she nursed like a Hoover.
What I didn’t realize, as I bundled my little one to take her home the next day…was that even though my baby was leaving the hospital unscathed, *I* was taking one additional thing home with me.
And it didn’t show up for days.
Now, as a general rule, you don’t realize that a horde of evil germs lurks in your body until they riot and start causing symptoms. And these symptoms? Were unmistakeable.
Diarrhea (yes, I just said the D-word) reminiscent of third-world squalor.
Scorching fever and exhaustion, so I could barely pry my cheek off the cool tile floor.
And the stench of rotting flesh.
(Delicious, right? Even fresh out of the shower, I smelled like a corpse.)
So of COURSE the symptoms were bad enough that I got help. They diagnosed me, hooked me up with the strongest antibiotics this side of the Nile…and in a few weeks, I was back to normal, and back to caring for my kids.
But let’s talk about business for a minute – because on your blog? There’s another disease you can get (which is just as deadly) where the symptoms aren’t so obvious.
It can keep you from converting visitors to subscribers – so you’re forced to sit there and watch your traffic slip through your fingers.
And it can go undetected for years.Continue Reading >>