Good Monday morning, everyone! I’m glad to be alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic! How about you?
Friday morning was a bummer, that’s for sure; I was alive, but not enthusiastic. Friday morning I was suffering from some unnerving chest pain. Let me tell you what happened.
Friday morning I was going over some stuff at my computer. Actually, it was some papers outlining what was needed for me to start back to school, this time for an M.Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. To be honest, they stressed me out. As I sat there, the left side of my chest began to hurt worse and worse. The pain continued for nearly half an hour.
Finally, I went to my wife and told her what was going on. I had my doubts what I was experiencing was heart-related, but there was no way for me to be sure, therefore my wife insisted I go to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital here in Chattanooga.
The pain started around 11 a.m., but we didn’t get to the E.R. until around 1:30. Thanks to a lot of people there before me, I was triaged and sent back to the lobby to wait…and wait…and wait. Finally, at 4:40 I was taken back to a bed in the E.R., then admitted to the CDU (Clinical Decision Unit) at 8:08 p.m. For the first time in my adult life I was made to stay in a hospital overnight.
On Saturday morning, after having my blood drawn twice the night before, I was ready for some food. What I was not ready for was the heart-healthy crap they feed you in a hospital. For crying out loud, you’d think a multi-thousand dollar hospital bed would sleep better than it did, but then to feed me bland oatmeal and decaffeinated coffee? Torture, I tell you!
After breakfast I was taken for a nuclear stress test. Between injections, waiting, and treading on the mill till I thought I’d die, that was another 2 1/2 hours. But come around 11 a.m. I was being released – NO heart problems! Hallelujah!
But now my knee hurts from the tread mill. Oh well.
Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and all our blogs, can be used for a lot of selfish and cynical reasons. But this past weekend, as my inbox will attest, there are times when the internet proves its usefulness.
From the time I first got to the hospital till the time I was checking out, my wife was responsible for sending and checking all the messages. Because of what she wrote others picked up the ball and began to run. Before too long there were people all over the world praying for me, many of which I didn’t even know.
Then, this morning, a fellow blogger showed up right after our morning church service, just to come pray with me. Do you have any idea how much that means?
Folks, I have been tremendously blessed to have friends and family, both in person and over the web, who care enough to intercede for me. It reminds me of the story in the book of Nehemiah, the story where the people were spread out working on the wall, linked together by only a trumpet’s call. But when the enemy struck the trumpet would sound, and that’s where all the people would gather to fight (sorta like what the R.A.F. did during the Battle of Britain).
In the right hands social media became the rallying trumpet, calling those spread far and wide to the aid of one lone wall builder.
The wall still stands; the defenses held.
Thank you for caring and coming to my aid!
3 responses to “Social Media Done Right”
I am so glad to hear you are out of the hospital and that it was not heart-related. Although, I also understand (all too well) how frustrating the entire situation can be. And the frustration upon arriving home, knowing you do not have good, solid answers.
I was tempted to say “I cannot believe you had to wait for hours to be triaged with symptoms like that.” BUT…I can…having been in that situation many times. I am glad they took your symptoms seriously, once you were actually seen, though.
I agree. Social media (as misused and misguided) as it and most of its members can be…there are times it can be a real help and blessing.
I struggle a lot, these days…as the very same body of Christ has left me feeling quite judged, misunderstood, and abandoned. But there are rare times…still…in the midst of so much isolation and pain…that Daddy God sends someone to remind me that HE still sees, still very much understands AND cares.
Thank you for sharing this personal story and reminding me of this truth. I pray you are able to get the rest and peace and relief from whatever IS causing this extremely unsettling symptom.
Sister In Christ,
That’s just about the most uplifting thing I will likely read all day long! God’s people pulling together…kind of like we are supposed to huh?
Sure hope they figure out what caused all that, though.
I was using the same analogy with a brother Saturday night!
Thanks for the update, and we are all glad for the good news (in both forms)!