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These last few weeks you might have noticed that I was absent from Facebook, and the last couple of weekly readings never got filmed. Well, that’s because I’ve had an intense few weeks that included hearing the words, “you could have died.”

Let me start from the beginning, and please know that as I write this I am healing, happy and comfortable! Everything is okay now and I wanted to share with you what has been going on.

A couple of weeks ago I started to experience pain. It was through my hips and around the front of my abdomen. I don’t usually get aches and pains (except when I do too much at the gym) but this was getting fairly intense. My intuition said something wasn’t quite right. I knew I needed to make an appointment to see someone. Plus I’ve co-authored a book called Living Pain-Free where we talk about the spiritual and natural solutions to discomfort! So I knew that this pain was different.

The pain was so severe I could barely breathe. I was gasping with discomfort and no matter how I sat, stood, or lied down the pain wouldn’t ease up. So first thing Monday morning we called my Doctor and made an appointment.

After some tests he diagnosed me with 3 bulging discs in my lower back. As a result of that, I was given some pretty heavy duty pain killers. I didn’t want to take them but they were the only things that were giving me relief. I was on the verge of tears and could barely move. So every four hours, on the dot, the pain would come back at full intensity and I would take more medications.

The pain wasn’t getting any better, in fact, it seemed to be getting worse. It felt like more that just back pain, especially since I didn’t really have any pain in my actual back!

I couldn’t sleep, so in the middle of the night we went to the hospital emergency room. They gave me some pain relief and sent me home. Over the next week I went back to the emergency room twice more, still in terrible discomfort. They gave me more medications and let me go.

Finally, with yet another night of severe pain I ended up back in hospital for the fourth time. To ease the pain the Doctors were giving me morphine every two hours, and even then the pain wasn’t completely gone. This time however, I was lucky enough to be seen by a surgeon who did some more investigating.

They ran some blood tests and found that one of my results was 500 times higher than it should have been. Clearly something more was going on than just slipped discs. They admitted me to a ward and ran further tests before discovering that I had appendicitis… and my appendix had burst.

A ruptured appendix is a life threatening condition. The severe pain I was experiencing was likely from a dangerous infection that followed the appendix bursting. If I didn’t finally get the proper care when I did I may not be here to write this story. It was a frightening ordeal that brought up a lot of thoughts and emotions.

I was lying in hospital for a week on IV antibiotics, and the pain was finally going away. Interestingly they no longer remove your appendix if it ruptures. They wait until things have settled down and then take it out later.

During this whole time I was calling on my angels, praying for healing, as well as receiving loving support from my family, loved ones, and friends. My situation was pretty bad to begin with, but I healed very quickly. The Doctors and nurses said they were surprised at how fast my body responded to treatment and how dramatically I improved in just a week. I have no doubt that this was from all that positive energy, as well as the fact that I rarely take pharmaceutical medications. My body hadn’t built up a tolerance to antibiotics and so they worked extremely effectively when needed.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been healing and listening to what my body needs. That’s involved a lot of rest (and daytime TV) as well as some powerful insights. I’ve received some incredible messages and guidance that I’ll definitely be sharing with you soon. So while not entirely pleasant, I’m finding the silver lining from this experience. It’s given me a new appreciation for so many things and a fresh outlook on life itself.

Please know that I’m okay. I’m healing, feeling better and better, and so grateful for your support. Before I finish this post I want to leave you with one of the insights I found during this ordeal. You are more loved that you realise. There are so many people in your life who love you and care about you. I was overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness, the messages, the visits, and the flowers that people were sending me. Please realise how lucky you are to have these people.

Many blessings,
Robert