Here’s to the Healers

Why I’m Sad

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.

Prayer for Health Workers

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.

Here's to the healers

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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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14 thoughts on “Here’s to the Healers

  1. floyd

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for Kathy and her family in this dreaded time in life. May God hold them close to His heart.

    And thanks for honoring the folks that work to keep people alive daily. My wife and two oldest are nurses. To see the toll this kind of event has on their lives is impactful. It is a calling to serve in that capacity.

    I’m prying for you too, sister.

  2. Joanne Viola

    I am sorry for your loss. I am also grateful to you for writing this beautiful tribute to those who extend care and compassion and healing during difficult times. They are a gift which words truly cannot express fully.

  3. Barbara Harper

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Even knowing he is with the Lord, it’s hard as we miss them.

    I don’t think I would have connected that verse with nurses and caregivers at first, but it certainly does fit. What a lovely tribute to some of the most overworked and underpaid people on the planet. The good ones are worth their weight in gold.

  4. Lesley

    Lisa, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, but I’m glad he was so well looked after. This is a beautiful tribute to medical staff and caregivers and the wonderful work they do which is not always appreciated as it should be.

  5. [email protected]

    I am so sorry for your loss! What a lovely tribute to the healthcare workers who work tirelessly to care for us!! They are not appreciated nearly enough!! Thank you for this and thank you for linking up at Worth Beyond Rubies!!

  6. Laurie

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Healthcare workers do deserve our gratitude and a special blessing. My dear mother-in-law was a nurse. I know how hard she worked to bring solace to others and to relieve pain. She truly had a heart of gold.

  7. Jean Wise

    OH, Lisa, I am so sorry for this loss of a good friend. I worked as an RN most of my adult life – I considered it a calling, sacred work. To be able to connect with another physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is a beautiful tribute. Thank you for writing it so well.

  8. Carol

    Bless you for being there for Kathy and Stan. And may God guide, bless and give strength to the nurses and doctors that work hard for life. I am now retired, but know the challenges that nurses face.

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