Late in 2019, I developed a respiratory problem that made breathing difficult. Also, about this time, one of my legs became swollen and uncomfortable to walk on. I slept a lot, and I also prayed, but neither sleep nor prayer seemed to help much.
My condition soon seemed so alarming that some family members were unsure if I would survive, commenting that I was “quite out of it.” Then, I did what I should have done early on and called a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment. Mary Baker Eddy’s admonition is well taken: “If students do not readily heal themselves, they should early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid them. If they are unwilling to do this for themselves, they need only to know that error cannot produce this unnatural reluctance” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 420).
The practitioner and I prayed together for close to a month. After about a week, I was able to stay awake as needed. Later I was able to move more freely, think more clearly, and write again—something I had been unable to do. I also found that I could put weight on my foot.