A Nurse's Experiences

Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for what understanding I have of the truth as demonstrated in Christian Science, especially during the time of the recent epidemic of hypnotic fear which swept our country from ocean to ocean. During three weeks of that time I was in bed only three nights and helped to care for twenty-four persons who asked and received help through Christian Science. The healings were complete, without the after effects of dizziness, weakness, or lassitude, or even any sense of food disagreeing with the patients. I am a trained, experienced nurse, and have been working in a small town in Nebraska in that capacity for the past five years.

A call came from a place thirty-two miles away, where a family of five were living in a box car beside the railroad track—three children, father, and mother, and previous to my going, three doctors had been in attendance whose diagnosis had been pneumonia, the so-called "flu" with complications. There was said to be only a slight hope of recovery for the man, while the seventeen-months-old baby had convulsions Saturday morning and lay in a stupor all day. I reached them Saturday at midnight. Sunday morning the baby had another attack, and to all appearance had passed on. During the night I had continually declared that God is our Life; and declared it then over and over. How long a time elapsed before the little fellow opened his eyes, I know not; but soon after he sat up. That evening he sat at the table and ate his supper with the rest of the family. At noon the man arose, dressed, and ate luncheon with his wife and two little girls, one of whom had lain unconscious most of the night from the effects of the drugs which had been given by the doctors. Toward morning the other child said, "I am all right."

I left on the evening train, and the man resumed his employment by the middle of the week. A telephone call came from the Reservation; a woman was said to be dying from pneumonia; would I come? I said I would if I could get an automobile to take me, but I could only stay two or three hours. They said I should come if only for an hour. Their words were, "We don't wish to be alone when she dies." I begged a man who keeps a livery stable to take me (this is only a village of perhaps four hundred people). He claimed that he could not get anyone to stay at the barn; so I tried several others, but was refused. I went back to the first stable and the man said, "Get a man to stay here and I will take you." This I did, but he would not go even then—the fear was so great. Just then a motor truck drove up, and when I told the men the circumstances, they said, "If you can ride on the truck we will be glad to take you." I went, and the trip was made in one hour and thirty minutes, a distance of twenty-one miles, fourteen of which was through the sand hills.

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Christian Science Church Services
February 15, 1919

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