It was five in the morning and I got lots of rest on the weekend, thankfully. On my computer screen a message flashed and I learned that my sister had been airlifted to ICU in Regina. Within minutes my bags were packed and the four-and – a-half-hour drive I was on my way. One message and all immediately changed. All the plans for the next few days have lost their meaning and I have been in a whole new set of goals.
The week before I was part of a nine-person team that walked High River streets distributing lunch supplies. First hand, I’ve seen the devastation that goes with unexpected trouble. I had also been waiting and watching as a citizen of Medicine Hat the flood waters that threatened to disrupt the dreams and accomplishments of residents who had worked for a lifetime.
And now, I faced a personal trauma here. There are so many things I can thank for at this time:
1. Excellent staff and understanding customers-My entire week had to be rebooked and although many of my customers had their own struggles to discuss with me, everyone offered grace and allowed us to move their appointments to the next week. 2. Financial planning-I had gas in my car and could afford a hotel room, restaurant meals and handle the days I was away with no income. 3. Strong relationships-My brother-in-law, nephew and I had a foundation that enabled us to cry together comfortably and talk about things that no one would like to talk about when someone is in ICU.
4. Prayer support-I knew many were investing their time and energy in reminding us with requests for strength and wisdom. 5. Professional expertise-We knew that the top notch was the hospital staff and medical equipment. 6. Stranger kindness-The hotel staff provided customer service at the end of the day, which lifted tired and heavy hearts. 7. Strong character-All members of the family were fortunate to have experienced and weathered trouble in the past. Even though we were concerned and very sad, we shared the idea that whatever happened we could and would accept. Article Source: http:/EzineArticles.com/789731 (That’s difficult to do!)
Well, my sister is still very ill and we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen-or when. She is still fed by tubes and will probably never be able to return home. But there are comfortable new beds in the hospital and she is in a quiet room so she can sleep. At times we all have trouble and usually without advanced notice it comes at an unexpected time. Regardless of what your life’s trauma or crisis is, please remember to look for the things you can thank for!