Friends Are Gifts From God
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I am writing this blog from the home of a friend. I'm having a sleepless night due to the fact that I'm not in my own bed, plus today's procedure recommends that I lay on my back to sleep, and my back is tired right now from all the hours of lying down. Nonetheless, I'm comfortable here because I know and feel the unconditional love and generous sharing that is offered to me at this home. Anyone who has read any of my recent blogs will know how scared I was to have my surgical procedure. It was my first hospital visit outside of childbirth, and I had no idea what to expect. The fact that the nations capital promised to serve up 18-24 inches of snow did not make it any better. Some would ask where was my faith, and I'd respond, it was here, and that's the only reason I didn't completely cave. But back to friendship.
Last week a friend whom I had met on the job in NYC over 25 years ago, and who also moved to MD a few years before I did, called to tell me that she would take a vacation day to be at the hospital for support. When we realized how much snow we were getting, another friend volunteered to transport me to the hospital since she has a front-wheel drive vehicle and neither my daughters nor I do. Her 17-year old daughter took the metro and two buses to join us at the hospital after school so her mother wouldn't have to leave to pick her up. What is significant here is that this young lady only moved to the US last July and this was her first time alone on the metro. I'm typing this blog on her computer and she has given up her room to accommodate me.
I have a wonderful family, but it is expected that family stick together. However, the way my friends came through for me was heartwarming. I received so many calls beginning from the day before I went to the hospital until I was ready for bed last night. And of course, my Spark friends were exceptional in sending well wishes and prayers. My spirits have been lifted. I have always known and said that I am blessed with friendship, and once again I am seeing this blessing in action.
For the most part the procedure went well. I was awake and only truly felt significant discomfort during the angioplasty. Both legs had blockages but only one could be done at a time. Now that I know what to expect I'll be less fearful when the other is done in 4-5 weeks. It has already made a difference in my mobility since I no longer feel the pain in my left leg, although it is still there in my right. I was advised against excessive stair climbing during the first 24 hours and since my bedrooms and bathrooms involve climbing stairs I am at my friend's home. Actually I did not have a choice. She drove me here and ordered me to stay put.
So thank you everyone. God has truly blessed me with good friends, seen and unseen, near and far. I've always known that and I am humbled by it. Great is God's love and he blesses us in so many different ways. I see it most in the gift of friends.