On Martin Luther King Day, my service to mankind was to donate blood at the local blood center for the children's hospital. I drank a couple of bottles of water and had a light lunch and headed to the blood center. Everything went fine during the donation and I actually finished in record time. After giving blood I decided the perfect pamper package would be to treat myself to a pedicure, so I headed to my favorite nail salon.
They seated my right away and began to work on my feet. Just as my nail tech was putting my color selection on my toenails I began to feel ill. My temperature went up and I felt like I was going to be sick to my stomach. I quickly informed her that I needed to get to the bathroom. She looked concerned but let me out of the chair. I headed to the bathroom and opened the door. That's the last thing I remember before I awakened to find myself flat on my back with my feet in the air and five nail salon employees standing over me staring at me. I didn't have a clue what happened, but I was informed that I had fainted and the nail tech caught me before I hit the floor. I stayed in the same place until I was stable enough to get up and sit back in the chair.
Before you get worried about my health, I am fully recovered and there is no need for concern. In my research, I learned that many people feel faint after giving blood, after all it is the equivalent of losing a pint of blood. Even though I replenished my fluids I am sure I didn't drink enough fluids before or after the blood donation process. I have been giving blood for four years regularly with no problems. Lesson learned. I won't ever have that problem again.
Basically, I had fallen down and couldn't get up with some help. I was helpless lying on the floor. I thought about other times I had emotionally or spiritually fallen. We all make mistakes, but it's what happens after the fall that matters. Have you experienced divorce, been fired from a job, treated someone badly or done something you later regretted? Something that caused you to fall from grace? The Bible says in Proverbs 24:16 (NLT) "The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked." In Joyce Meyers newest book, You Can Begin Again, she reminds us that "The mistakes you have made, the lessons you learned, the forgiveness you received - God can use it all to prepare you for an amazing life in Him."
In other words, just because you have fallen down, don't be afraid to get back up and start over. Just because I fainted after giving blood does not mean I won't do it again. Just because I fail in other areas in my life, I have to get up and start out again, wiser than I was before. With God all things are possible, so get back up, stabilize yourself and go for it. You can't keep a good woman down, at least not this one!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach