You long time readers of my blog will remember that I am no fan of hospital gowns. It became very clear early on that these folks were not going to budge on this issue and let me wear doctors’ scrubs as in my October visit to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
Not easily dissuaded I had to direct my attention another direction. In Karla’s posting today she mentioned that we were informed by hospital staff that laptops were not allowed in ICU. Guess where I am as I type these very words. Diplomacy with a smile could change many things in this world for the better!
On another note: You all might be encouraged to hear of an encouraging Providential encounter I had this afternoon. Lest any of you skeptics out there imagine that God is not at work in all of this in countless ways that the whole lot of us combined can hardly begin to imagine…listen to this.
After the cerebral angiogram and embolization this morning I was taken up to ICU somewhere around noon. The 3-11 p.m. ICU nurse came into the room and, after performing all of his necessary procedural stuff, asked me if I was from Iowa and if I write a column for a Christian Newsletter for home-schooling dads in Iowa.
He and his wife receive this newsletter and read it…all the way up here in Rochester. Randy is a brother in Christ and yet another encourgement to my soul that the Lord truly is with us in this journey…no, not just with us…He is behind, before, and all around us!
Our day began early this morning as another Randy (a big-hearted pastor we hardly even know) was here at the break of dawn to pray with us and encourage us as we actually begin to deal with this thing! I hereby declare Tuesday Feb. 9, 2009, as “God bless the Randys of the world day.”
Psalm 91:1 says “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” Dwelling and abiding is everything it’s cracked up to be.