Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-Eight

Lloyd, Sasha and Rick all got themselves a coffee and a sandwich when they got to the hospital cafeteria.

Well, Rick you’ve sure had some excitement with us this weekend,” said Lloyd.

That’s for sure. I could do with a little less of an adrenaline buzz the next time I go camping with you guys,” said Rick.

I’m amazed that you would even consider going anywhere with us again,” said Sasha.

Ah, come on, you guys are already like a second family to me,” Rick said with a smile.

Lloyd was watching the clock in the cafeteria closely. When the forty-five minutes was up Lloyd told the others that it was time to get back to the waiting area of the emergency ward.

The group waited nervously for word from Dr. Pauls. After about ten minutes he arrived.

Fortunately, I’ve got good news for you. I think Misty is going to be all right. The results of the brain scan came back and nothing abnormal was found. This is a good indication that there won’t be any permanent damage from Misty’s head injury. She did, however, suffer a mild concussion so I would ask that you keep a close eye on her for the next few weeks,” the doctor reported.

Oh, praise God!” Lloyd said. Lloyd isn’t a Christian but these were the first words to come out of his mouth.

Praise Jesus!” said Sasha in a loud voice.

When can she go home?” asked Rick.

We’ll keep Misty under observation for the rest of the night and the morning but if she remains stable you should be able to pick her up at about two in the afternoon,” Dr. Pauls answered.

I better call Mom,” said Sasha. Sasha walked the short distance to the pay phone to call her mother.

Hi, Mom. I’ve got great news. Dr. Pauls said that Misty is probably going to be all right. He told us that the brain scan did not show any evidence of a permanent brain injury,” said Sasha excitedly.

Hallelujah! Praise Jesus!” said Sheila almost screaming into the phone. I’ll have to phone all the prayer warriors and thank them for their prayer’s for Misty’s healing.”

 

 

 

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Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-Six

In approximately one more hour we should have the results from her brain scan. Don’t worry. I have assigned a nurse to sit in a chair beside Misty’s bed to monitor her condition. I instructed her that if there is any change in Misty’s condition to alert me immediately. Why don’t you go to the cafeteria to get a coffee and I will give you an update you in about an hour,” said Dr. Pauls with a calm, reassuring tone to his voice.

Thank you doctor. We’ll be back in the waiting room in about forty-five minutes,” Lloyd said.

While the doctor was talking to her father Sasha had gone to the nearest pay phone in the lobby of the hospital. She called her mother, Sheila’s, number.

Her mother picked up the phone on the second ring.

Hi, honey. How are you enjoying your vacation so far?” asked Sheila.

Well, it hasn’t been boring. I can say that much. Look, Mom the reason I’m calling is that Misty is in the hospital right now,” said Sasha very voice trembling.

Oh, my God, what happened to her?” asked Sheila sounding like she was choking on her words. Sheila was just about to go out to a Bible study.

Misty had an accident. Sheila slipped and fell and hit her head on a rock. The doctor was able to sew up the wound to her head but he is still keeping her under observation as he fears there may be some complications,” Sasha said checking to see if her father was still talking to the doctor.

What kind of complications?

Well, Misty has been speaking in gibberish and appears to be hallucinating,” answered Sasha.

Where were you guys when this happened?” asked Sheila beginning to sound very agitated.

We have been at The Lake Mariposa outdoor rock festival for the past two days. Dad took us,” said Sasha.

Did Misty take any drugs when she was at the festival?” asked her mom.

She smoked some weed but I think that a guy she met at the festival gave her some acid. The acid may have been contaminated,” said Sasha.

So what’s happening right now?” asked her mom standing up now and beginning to pace while talking on the phone to her daughter.

Well, Dad is talking to Misty’s doctor right now. I’m sure he’s getting an update on her condition.

Look Sasha. I’m going to quickly drive to my Bible study where I have some great prayer warriors that can start praying for Misty. And Sasha. I want you to call me as soon as you get further updates on Misty’s condition.”

I will Mom. I’m going to give you the phone number for Winnipeg General Hospital Emergency. I’m sure that Dad and I are going to be here for most of the night. I love you, Mom.” Sasha began to sob.

 

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-Five

After about a forty minute ride Lloyd’s van arrived at the Winnipeg General Hospital’s parking lot. Lloyd, Rick and Sasha all rushed to the area marked Emergency. They could see an ambulance pull in as they got to the hospital’s entrance doors. They notified the receptionist that they were there for Misty. The hospital receptionist told them that Misty had been admitted about ten minutes ago and she would get a doctor to talk to them once he knew what Misty’s condition was. She asked them to have a seat in the waiting room.

Rick nervously started looking for something to read on the magazine table. He selected a recent issue of Sports Illustrated. Lloyd and Sasha opted to skip trying to read. They both just sat and waited nervously. There were about ten people in the waiting room. Some of them looked like they had been waiting a long time. Rick offered to get the others a coffee from the vending machines in the hall.

After approximately one hour’s wait a doctor walked into the waiting room and asked if he could speak to Misty’s father.

Good evening sir. I’m Doctor Pauls. I have examined your daughter and have sent her for a brain scan. We were able to suture the wound to her head but I am concerned about Misty’s garbled speech. We are checking for a possible brain injury. Could I ask you a question, sir?”

Of course. Is Misty going to be all right, doctor?” asked Lloyd with a worried look on his face.

We’ll know more after the brain scan. Try not to worry. Did your daughter take any drugs when you were at the rock festival?” asked Dr. Pauls.

She took some bad acid,” Lloyd replied.

LSD?” asked the doctor.

I believe so.”

Do you recall the time that she ingested the LSD?” asked Dr. Pauls.

It was probably early this afternoon. Some creep she met at the festival gave it to her,” Lloyd answered.

The reason I am asking is that the LSD may account for some of the symptoms your daughter is presenting. It appears that she may still be experiencing hallucinations,” explained the doctor.

Well, an acid trip can last up to twelve hours,” said Lloyd speaking as one who should know. Lloyd had tried acid a few times in his life but didn’t really like the drug’s strong effects. It had made him paranoid. Lloyd much preferred the milder, mellowing effects of smoking marijuana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-four

The passengers in the van were silent for a good ten minutes. Finally, Rick spoke up,” Sasha, you were saying some thing about some kind of healing prayer meetings. And what was the word you used, charismatic?”

Yeah, my mom took me to a few meetings like that in California,” answered Sasha.

So what happens in these meetings exactly?” asked Rick.

Well, it’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t been to one or are not familiar with The Bible, but I”ll do my best to explain it,” replied Misty. She was actually grateful to talk about anything and stop worrying about Misty for a few minutes.

Well, these healing meetings can either take place in a church or someone’s home or really anywhere for that matter. Usually the evening will start with a praise and worship band performing choruses or spiritual songs. The congregation will either dance, clap, sing a long or just sit and pray while this is going on. Then the pastor or spiritual leader will give the message for the evening. The message can go on from ten minutes to two hours depending upon the preacher and the move of The Spirit,” Sasha explained.

The Spirit, what kind of Spirit?” asked Rick.

The Holy Spirit. Like I said I’d have to go into a whole bunch of background teaching before any of this made sense to you. It would be a lot easier to explain if we were actually in a charismatic healing prayer service right now,” answered Sasha.

Well, okay. Let’s forget about The Holy Spirit for now. What happens after the preacher finishes the message?” asked Rick.

Then the preacher or spiritual leader will usually ask the congregation if anyone needs prayer. He will ask people to come to the front of the sanctuary to get prayer. Sometimes he will get a word of knowledge that someone needs prayer for a specific problem such as arthritis or migraine headaches.”

Wow, the more you talk about this Sasha the weirder it sounds,” said Rick.

Sasha laughed after Rick said this. “Well, you right it does seem pretty weird until you’ve been to a few healing services, Rick.”

How does the preacher know that a specific person in the congregation has a specific illness and what is a word of knowledge,” asked Rick. At this point he was trying very hard to understand what Sasha was telling him, even though he was completely baffled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-three

 

Thanks Rick. I probably shouldn’t be driving right now. I’m too upset about what happened to Misty,” said Lloyd gratefully. “If you and Sasha weren’t technically still on your first date I would say that you’d make a great son-in-law.”

After Lloyd said this they all broke out in laughter. It was a great release for their collective built up stress, anxiety and fear. However, for Lloyd it also increased the pain from his broken nose.

I’m really scared, guys. The only speech from Misty was gibberish,” said Lloyd.

We all are. All we can do now is wait,” said Rick, choking back tears.

We could pray for her,” said Sasha. “I believe in God and you told me that you do too Rick.”

I’m kind of an agnostic myself,” Lloyd offered, but I’d be more than willing to pray for Misty to get better.

I’d like to, too,” said Rick.

We’re all in agreement then,” said Sasha hopefully. “ Dad, pull over to the side of the road and we’ll all say a quick prayer for Misty. I know how to pray for healing. I’ve my mom pray for people to get healed many times.”

Lloyd pulled the van over to the side of the highway.

First let’s all hold hands,” said Misty taking the lead. “We need to all be in agreement when we pray. Okay, I’ll start praying,”Heavenly father, we hold up our sister, Misty to you. We ask you to pour your great love and compassion upon her. It says in your Word that ‘By your stripes we are healed.’ We ask you now to say the Word so that Misty will be healed. I know that physical healing is part of the atonement so we ask that you supernaturally restore Misty to full health. We ask this in total faith and agreement. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Lloyd and Rick both said, ‘Amen’ in unison.

Wow, where did you learn to pray like that, Sasha?” asked her dad.

From watching Mom. She’s also taken me to some charismatic healing services,” Sasha.

What’s a charismatic healing service?” asked Rick.

Let’ all get back in the van and I’ll explain it,” said Sasha.

They all got back I the van with Rick once again moving into the driver’s seat. For a few minutes there was silence and a strange feeling of peace in the van.

 

 

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-two

In about twenty minutes an ambulance carrying four paramedics arrived in the woods where Misty lay. During the wait Lloyd, Gypsy, Sasha and Rick all tried to communicate with Misty by asking her questions. All Misty could offer was some garbled speech. At one point Lloyd violently confronted Gypsy. Lloyd grabbed Gypsy’s vest and briefly lifted him off the ground.

This is all your fault you idiot!” yelled Lloyd with his face pressed close to Gypsy’s. “ You gave her that bad acid, didn’t you?”

Yes, I did. But she asked for it man. I didn’t stuff the acid down her throat. Misty told me that she was eighteen and that makes her an adult, old enough to make her own decisions. And by the way the acid wasn’t bad. I took some myself,” Gypsy shot back giving Lloyd a shove.

At this point Rick got between the two angry men. “Take it easy guys. This isn’t going to help Misty,” Rick said firmly.

Lloyd backed off and Gypsy moved away from him.

Yeah, cool out guys. I have my hands full with one medical emergency already. I don’t need you guys shedding more blood,” added Dr. Fields.

When the paramedics started unpacking their medical bags Dr. Fields briefed them on what had happened and his assessment of Misty’s present medical condition.

The patient needs to be taken to the hospital immediately. She will need some scans of her brain. I believe that this girl suffered a concussion. I just pray there isn’t a more serious brain injury,” reported Dr. Fields.

The paramedics carefully loaded Misty into the ambulance by placing her on a stretcher. One of the paramedics asked Lloyd, “Are you the girl’s daughter?

Yes,” Lloyd replied.

We’re going to be taking your daughter to Winnipeg General Hospital. You can meet us there,” said the lead paramedic.

We’ll go get my van and we’ll meet you guys at the hospital,” said Lloyd. After jogging to the van Lloyd opened the doors for Rick and Sasha. Can I come along with you guys?” asked Gypsy.

No. If you really want to be helpful man, just stay out of my daughter’s life,” Lloyd snapped.

Gypsy got the message loud and clear and walked away from the van.

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-one

After several minutes passed Sasha arrived with the young doctor. Lloyd was several steps behind, trying to catch up with them. The doctor knelt down beside Misty. He opened his black medical bag and pulled out a slim, tall flashlight.

Hello Misty. I’m Dr. Fields. Would it be okay if I examined you?”

Misty just let out a feeble cry.

I’ll take that as a “yes,” said Dr. Fields with a smile. At this point it appeared that all Misty could vocalize was moans and grunts. The festival doctor tapped Mist’s feet with the bottom of his flashlight to see if she would respond. She let out another moan that seemed to indicate that she had sensation in her feet.

I’m going to shine a light in your eyes now Misty. When I move it I want you to try to follow the light with your eyes,” the doctor instructed.

Misty was able to follow the light emanating from the flashlight. Misty then rolled over on her side and began to vomit. Mixed in with the yellowish discharge was bright, red blood encasing a part of a tooth, about a tablespoon’s worth.

It looks like your sister is going to need to see a dentist after I find out how much damage there is to her head and body. The vomiting could be an indication of a possible concussion. On the other hand it may mean that she is going into shock. Could I borrow your blankets?” asked the doctor.

Fortunately, Sasha had carried their festival blankets with her.

By this time Lloyd had pushed past Gypsy and was looking down on his injured daughter. “My God,” he screamed. “Is she going to be all right, doctor?”

Lloyd said this as if he was suffering from a terrible cold. His nose was all bandaged and he was starting to develop black marks under her eyes.

Yes, I believe there is nothing life threatening in her condition but we are going to need to get your daughter to a hospital as soon as I am finished my preliminary examination. She will need to have some tests done,” answered the doctor. Dr. Fields then carefully untied the makeshift wrapping on Misty’s forehead. He then got some medical supplies from his black bag to help clean out the wound on Misty’s forehead.

The wound on her forehead is going to require suturing when we get her to the hospital. I am more concerned, however, about the possibility of a concussion or a serious head injury,” said Dr. Fields. “We need to get this girl to a hospital immediately. I am going to call for an ambulance.”