Unexpected friends

19 Oct

It’s fun to tell a good story, and I have one to tell. I was diagnosed on a Wednesday. I was admitted to the hospital in Akron on Wednesday night. I met my nurse it was around 4, and she of course left around 7. We met, she was kind and gracious and loving. She smiled and made us feel safe. I of course requested her again. (A girl in the hospital should most definitely get what she wants). We became better acquainted over the next few days. She journeyed with me down this unknown road, yet familiar to her. The harder part was she knew there were many different outcomes, and this territory is all too familiar for her.

As we celebrated Hayleigh’s 4th birthday in the hospital she joined in the party. This is when we learned that our lives shared a great similarity, we both are raising girls. She with her two girls 6 and 4, and I with mine at 7, 4, 2. This fact made my story too close for comfort for her, yet she pushed through and cared for me well. We spent many days together over my three week stay and later one week. We became comfortable, yet she was still my nurse. I will tell you as a patient at times it is hard to understand and grasp how this person who is my care giver is merely doing her job. I am attached and need her, yet when the clock says 7 her family calls much like mine would while I was at work. It feels different, yet it is the same. I am relational and I cherish the many different people along my journey, both pre diagnosis and post. I encountered many nurses who were good at their jobs, but not many I would call friend. This dear woman is a friend. I can’t wait to see the stories we will have to tell in the years to come. Our girls love one another. Our friendship is one we would have never had, had we not taken this journey down an unknown never ending road. Blessings amidst the storm.

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 ESV)

2 Responses to “Unexpected friends”

  1. Angie October 20, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Nursing is such a difficult but rewarding job. I’m missing the connection at the bedside these days, but couldn’t think of anything else I would rather do. Helping those who can’t help themselves during “unexpected” circumstances makes me smile! So glad you got the right nurse the first night!!!

  2. Aunt Sue October 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I love how God provides even when we don’t know the need!

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