In fact, I’m sitting here in the hospital right now. They just took my grandmother away for brain surgery. (She just had hip surgery 3 weeks ago!)
Here are some things I think:
– Few know the pressure of getting this call ON SATURDAY NIGHT: "Hey, guys? Can you
develop a message from scratch & speak for me tomorrow morning?" Kudos to our pastoral team for really stepping into the gap. I absolutely needed to be with my mother & grandmother that night. Brian Gann worked into the wee hours with Tom Herzog on a message that was thematically the same, but his own. Those guys hit a home run for God!
– This new hospital facility is very well designed: 1 patient/room, close parking, short walks for everyone, fast elevators.
– There are so many GREAT people that work in hospitals. There are also many that should be FORBIDDEN to get within 100 yards of sick people.
– The communications systems in hospitals seem to be broken. There are many times that the left hand seems to have no idea what the right hand said to a patient. I can’t count how many times we’ve heard, "WHAT?!?! Who told you that?!?!"
– If you want rest, get OUT of the hospital.
– If you want to get out of the hospital, you’d better have someone with you as your advocate.
– If you are infirm, you need an advocate with you CONSTANTLY…24 hours a day. It’s an exhausting, and thankless, and abundantly necessary job. Few volunteers. Kudos to my mom. She’s been a warrior.
– I praise God I’ve never been patient overnight in a hospital.