Why I’m Sad
I didn’t like seeing Stan connected by tubes to bags on IV poles. I didn’t like that he needed round-the-clock care in ICU for week after long week. I didn’t like that the lights always needed to be on, that the machines always needed to beep, that the nurses always had to stick and measure.
I drove home from the hospital last Friday morning, one final time, after leaving Stan’s now quiet and empty Room 11 that he’d occupied for so long.
I opened my Lent prayer app to the prayer-of-the-day.
This is what God had planted.
We Still Need People
Stan died in the early hours Friday morning. Today will be his visitation. Tomorrow will be his funeral. Stan is the husband of Kathy, one of the Four Corners, one of my life-long best friends.
I’ve known Stan forever. First as my big brother’s friend, then as my own friend.
These past few months, I watched Stan breathe through one machine and watched his blood circulate through another. Modern medicine can seem quite miraculous.
But technological improvements alone still aren’t enough.
We still need people.
So today, even though I’m sad, I’m also grateful.
Here’s to the Healers
I applaud you who work with the sick and dying, you who are strong for the weak, you who stay up late and get up early so patients can have 24-hour medical attention.
The 6th floor medical staff in the Cardiac Care ICU at our hospital (Anna, Taylor, Will, Des, Brandie, Leslie, Mallory, +) are more than phenomenal workers, they are phenomenal souls.
They know what to do with their school learning: they adjust levels and change out lines and read x-rays.
But they also know what to do with their emotional instincts: they offer genuine hope and they give generous hugs and they cry real tears.
They have more than skill. They have heart.
So here’s to the nurses, the doctors, the assistants, the caregivers: Keep doing what you do. Keep nurturing and protecting and tending to us when we’re sick, when we get better, and even when we die.
We need you. We pray for you. We love you.
Thank you for how you took care of Stan. And thank you for how you took care of us.
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Do you work in the medical field? Thank you! Have you had a good experience with your medical caregivers? Please share in the comments.
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