The Day after Christmas – Part 1


On the first day after Christmas, this is what I received:

ONE  ride to the hospital at 6:00 AMHospitals_W&I provided by my gracious son.

TWO doctor consultations (one of which resulted in a canceled surgery – which is why had gotten up at 5:00 AM.)

THREE attempts to  put in an  IV – one of which ended with my shouting “Good, God” to anyone in the emergency room who would listen.

FOUR opportunities to  totally dress or undress.

FIVE requests (at least) to share my  name, address, phone number (ad nauseum) for computers that evidently don’t talk to each other even though they are in the same hospital and sign the same form I had already signed twice.

SIX   “Oh, my God’s” as people looked at my ugly  swollen leg and said “How did that happen?”

SEVEN hours of lying on my back on a variety of  beds and tables wondering what is happening next.

EIGHT heated blankets – one provided by the sweetest and cutest young male nurse I have ever seen.

NINE times I regretted fasting since midnight for the surgery I never had,

TEN  attempts (at least) to adjust my position on a skinny plastic mattress the ER (“oh, you got one of the OLD beds”) which would have made a great slide for a toddler.

ELEVEN discussions on  two floors of the hospital oemergencyn whether I had a blood clot in my right leg and how “life threatening it could be.”  (The discussions prove to be the correct diagnosis)

TWELVE  mostly pleasant interactions with nurses (2), registration people  (3)  doctors (2), volunteer  and staff wheel chair pusher (3) , an ultra sound technician, and delightful janitor.

Stay tuned  for The Day after Christmas – Part 2:  A hospital stay can be the perfect time for training in spiritual formation!


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3 Responses to The Day after Christmas – Part 1

  1. Thanks to both of you for your well-wishes. As you will see from the next blog, it was all a blessing.

  2. Julie Korst says:

    Sending you wishes for healing and comfort, and thanks for posting this.

  3. Hope you are feeling better ☺

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