A recent kidney stone highlighted something I’m very, very thankful for…medical care. I realize a lot of people in this world, and even in this country, don’t have access to adequate medical care when it’s needed. And on top of that, I have good medical insurance which I’m also thankful.
If you haven’t had a kidney stone before, thank your lucky stars. If you have, then you know how desperately I needed help.
I made an attempt to find someone to give me a ride to the hospital to no avail. So, I drove myself. Not one of my best decisions. Driving during morning rush hour traffic in intense pain that was so bad I also had extreme nausea, was NOT a good idea at all. But, I made it…barely.
As I walked, hunched over, into the Emergency Room a kind registration employee immediately noticed things were not ok. He got me in quickly and how did I thank him…by vomiting violently while he checked me in. His kindness was exactly what I needed.
The registration employee’s kindness was followed by a nurse, doctor, and radiology attendant who put up with my inability to speak in complete sentences. In fact, the doctor examined me as I was curled up in a ball. I can not express how much appreciated him not making me lie flat on my back…I suppose he knew I couldn’t at that moment.
And, the final thing I was thankful for that day…pain medication! Within minutes of receiving IV pain medication, I felt soooo much better. I almost felt guilty for taking up valuable Emergency Room space.
Have you even had a medical professional provide you kindness when you needed it?