DayBreaks for 03/21/13 – Waking Up and Seeing
Today I’m sharing a story written in a blog by domesticdiva, MD, a doctor who blogs on WordPress about things she’s seen and learned in her time as a physician. I think you’ll be touched by this story:
“I was on a consult month at the time, and every day we would round on a particularly sick patient in the ICU (intensive care unit). He was a relatively healthy middle-aged man until a few months before, and then all of a sudden he got more and more sick until he was eventually having muscle spasms so bad that he actually fractured some of his vertebrae into his spinal cord (you need to have REALLY strong spasms in order for this to occur). To protect his body (and skeleton) from any further damage and possibly permanent paralysis, the man was intubated, sedated, and medically paralyzed.
By the time I finally met this patient, he had already been sedated and paralyzed for a few weeks. They had tried lifting the paralytic drugs once, only to have him quickly begin spasming again with concerns for additional fractures. Through it all, his wife was by his side.
“She was a shorter woman, hair pulled back in a ponytail, who sat in his ICU room in a chair wearing his big hunting t-shirts and the exhausted look of a family member with a sick loved one. To be honest, she was the sort of woman who blended into the surroundings, the woman you’d sit next to on the bus or plane and not remember any real features.
“Towards the end of the month, we again decided to lift the man’s medication to see if he could wake up and not spasm. The process starts the night before, with the hopes of enough of the drugs to be out of someone’s system by the next morning to see if they’re okay, and if not the medication can quickly be restarted (which had already happened before).
“That morning, I was getting a cup of coffee before rounds when I had a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and a beautiful woman was standing there. I had no idea who it was until she began speaking.
It was our patient’s wife. “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I hope he’s able to wake up today. Just in case, I wanted to look pretty just for him. Even if he only sees me for just a second, I hope he’ll have something to see in his dreams.”
“Our patient woke up that day. While he couldn’t move much since some of the paralytics were still preventing that, he was able to do one thing.
“Right after he opened his eyes, he saw his wife and kissed her.
“There was not a dry eye in his ICU room, especially not mine.”
Galen’s Thoughts: the day will come for God’s children when we awake from what will have seemed more like a nightmare than a coma, and we will see the One who loved us from all eternity, all through our lives, who sat by our bedside when we were sick and who held us together and bound us up when we were broken. I know that Isaiah said that there was nothing in his appearance that would attract people to him, but that was when he was in the Incarnation. When we see him, however, he will be in his full heavenly glory. What a sight it will be to behold him and to see his smile as he welcomes us to life!
1 John 3:2 (NIV) – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
PRAYER: When we wake from our “sleep”, to see you face to face, Jesus, will be enough for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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