As some of you know my husband got pneumonia on the way down to Lake Tahoe and wound up in the hospital. We have not been around anyone that was sick nor did he seem to have a cold he just got pneumonia. I had, had surgery for hernias amost three weeks ago but I doubt that gave him exposure to pneumonia.
Well out of the blue while I was in Tahoe a older sister called me and told me one of the elders had bronchitis really bad. Now my husband still goes out in service and it seems this elder went out sick the week before my surgery and my husband worked with him that day. That Monday the elder got really sick and finally his wife convinced him to go to the doctor and that was when he was told he had bronchitis.
Then yesterday a different older sister in the hall called me and told me many in the hall have been really sick with either bronchitis or pneumonia.
Now my husband was not really around the members of the hall because of my surgery he missed a couple of meetings and then with our trip planed for Tahoe he missed some more. So really the only time he was exposed was that Saturday before my surgery. I had my surgery on Friday and by Sunday he looked gray, I called the doctor and they checked him out because of his heart but they did not look for pneumonia as we had no idea being he did not have any sings of having a cold.
I know it could all be a huge coincidences that so many in the summer have gotten really sick in a group of about 60 but I truly wonder.
I know where we live it used to be the rule if you were sick you should still be at the meetings because you would feel just as sick sitting at home so why not be where Jehovah wants you to be.
I remember about five years ago one of the worst colds I ever had was I swear from a elder. We used our car that day and as soon as he got into it was was coughing and sneezing. He said he was so sick but when he woke up that morning he though hey I will be just as sick if I stay home and lay in bed as I would if I went out in service. So instead of giving into myself I decided to serve Jehovah.
I was like thanks as I have to work I have no sick time. You guessed it I got one of the worst colds ever and I had to work through it. I was so mad.
I truly wish sick JW's would JUST STAY HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!