Hello from Austria! It has been a rough day for me. It actually started last evening. I’ve really had a tough time with my allergies during my time here. It has been warmer than what is normal for this time of year and everything, and I mean everything, is blooming. Because of that, I’ve been sneezing, coughing, and had a runny nose almost non-stop since the first day. Yesterday evening, it took a turn for the worse and went into my lungs.
We had a time of praise and worship last evening and during the service my lungs started to close up and I found it becoming very difficult to breath. After it was over, I took a mucinex tablet but all that did was to keep me awake. I probably only slept about 4 hours or so last night.
This morning I talked with one of the staff people and they made me an appointment for me with a local doctor. However, the only appointment that I could get was at 5 pm. So, instead of working with the rest of the team, I went back to my room, laid down and got some rest.
While I was resting the remainder of the staff and short-term workers worked to clean up the students dirty rooms and prepare them for the next class that will arrive in two weeks. Michelle and the kitchen/cooking team cleaned the kitchen top to bottom.
At 4:15 pm, Phil (one of the staff members) drove me to my doctors appointment. Michelle went with me. It was about a 20 minute drive to the doctors office. The receptionist and the doctor spoke very good English so it was no problem explaining my symptoms to them. We registered first with the receptionist and had to wait about 20 minutes before going back to see the doctor. Her name was Dr. Eva Scharf-Hofner. She was really nice and obviously had treated patients from Haus Edelweiss before. Her diagnosis was that I had bronchitis, so she gave me a prescription of antibiotics and a decongestant medication that would help me breath better. The total cost was only $74.60 Euro (or about $85 US dollars) and I did not have to go to a drug store to pick up any prescriptions – it was a one-stop shop.
After we returned to Haus Edelweiss, Michelle and I walked down to the monastery Gasthouse and ate dinner. As soon as I finish this post we will pack and go to bed. We depart for the train station at 7:30 am tomorrow morning and our train for Strazburg leaves at 10:30 am.
Well, this is our last post from Haus Edelweiss. The next time you hear from us we should be in Strazburg, Austria. More to follow tomorrow. It has been a great experience here at Haus Edelweiss and we truly are blessed to have been able to be part of the work they are doing and especially to meet such wonderful men and women who love God and want to build His kingdom.
Below are a few pictures that Michelle took over the last day or so.
Cookie time! Every afternoon at 3 pm, Michelle and the other kitchen workers served cookies to the students and short-term workers. Notice the variety and they were all freshly baked here at Haus Edelweiss.