One Word Wednesday
Sometimes when life gives you lemons you have to make lemonade.
My computer is at the computer doctor such an unexpected interruption. So I have a beautiful friend that today loaned me her computer. The word is unexpected.
I have been a nurse since 1989. My career as a nurse was unexpected. I was a mother and a wife who returned to school as an adult. Life gave me lemons as I had migraine headaches and I lost my job as a hospital clerk. So I made lemonade and became a nurse.
I have had an amazing career. There were many unexpected adventures. I really hoped to specialize in emergency room nursing but due to an injury, home health became my niche. Between management and as a technical nurse, I served. Now I am in the hospital, no longer a boss.
“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” C. S. Lewis
My job now is a hospital case manager. Also, I am a part-time care giver for a family member. Every day brings unexpected joy. You see when a person becomes willing to serve God, joy is part of the job: Jesus, Others, You.
Recently, I helped an elderly man at the hospital and I was given an unexpected reward. A poem.
To Someone Special
Hospitalization brings to mind a new bill and how will I pay.
And I had no answer but knew I’d have to find away.
Did not know a person could have such a beautiful day.
Especially in a hospital there is just no way.
So let me tell you about a person so very rare.
And let you know there’s always someone who will care.
Into my room she came saying all the paper work had been made.
She said her name was Diana and my hospital bill would be paid.
Trying to understand I suddenly realized.
That she was not lady, but an angel in disguise.
I was blown away by this unexpected acknowledgment and truly what I did was part of my job, to aid the patient with the resources that are available so I am no angel but it sure was an unexpected pleasure to be rewarded this way.
At home as a caregiver, my role is different. I support my husband who is the main caregiver. In supporting him, I have the unexpected job of being his cheerleader.
What role do you play? What is your most challenging part of this job?
Father God, today I pray that I will never take for granted my role as a nurse and as a caregiver. I pray for the person reading this post that has not been acknowledged, perhaps he or she is feeling taken advantage of or perhaps unloved. I pray that you will give us strength and you will renew us so that as we serve you our joy will be reflected in how we relate to the person we are giving care. We ask for wisdom, we ask for endurance. Blessings. Diana