I haven't been blogging lately as I have had tech troubles. This is frustrating to me because I generally do not know how to fix the problem, but, thank goodness, my oldest son usually comes to my rescue with his knowledge of figuring out solutions! Yay! Now I am hopefully back on track and will try to resume my blogging on a more regular basis.
Earlier in the month, a unique opportunity provided itself with a chance to wear my nurse's cap, so to speak. When I graduated from nursing college a million years ago, we actually WORE a nurse's cap. We worked darn hard for that cap and pin, so I wore them both with my white nurse's uniform dress. O.k. Now I am really dating myself!! Yiikes!
I did not don my real nursing attire, but I was grateful to have assisted my mother in recovering from a total hip replacement. Hubby and I took off two weeks and drove to PA to be at her side. We made a good team, just like always. He busied himself with many house and lawn projects while I mainly took charge of her care. I certainly utilized my nursing knowledge in many aspects of her care. There was even an unexpected setback which called for emergent medical attention, and I was so grateful for my nursing instincts that "kicked in" at the right time. I am happy to report that mom has been making excellent progress with her healing!
More than just an opportunity to provide healthcare for my mother, it was a good time to connect emotionally and spiritually. This was a good thing for all three of us. Amidst the trials and pain, lots of laughter and love were certainly shared. I was thankful to have surrendered my fears and anxieties over wondering "if" and "how" I could possibly carry through what needed to be accomplished during those two weeks. With my current physical health challenges, as well as my hubby's back and hip issues, I thought I might not be capable of being on call 24/7 for that amount of time on my own. However, when we both prayed and surrendered to God's will, He provided us with answers and strength to carry out our mission and to do it well.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phillipians 4:13)
All three of us continue to be filled with gratitude and are amazed at how smoothly the recovery is unfolding---day by day, moment by moment. God gave us mannna for each day and that is the beauty of trusting and surrendering to Him.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
We have returned to our CT home and back into our ordinary, everyday routines. Healing continues for my mother but also for Michael and me. We are ALL stronger and uplifted by God's grace in walking through the Holy in the Hard.