Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Week In The Hospital

Last week I became very ill and had to be admitted to the hospital. I had a serious gallbladder attack on Monday and had surgery the next day. During the surgery, I experienced a rare complication. The right side of my lung collapsed.

The week passed by in a blur. I have had some time to reflect on this unexpected experience. Here are some things that I have been thinking about;
  • Life really is very fragile. I was going along fine one day and the next day I was seriously ill. Good health is the most precious blessing that we have. Health really needs to be a top priority in my life.
  • I will strive to never take my family and friends for granted. Even though I was too sick to visit, I was so glad that friends and family members called me or came by for a visit. Many more were praying for my recovery. I was especially pleased that my husband and daughter took turns sleeping at the hospital so I would not have to be alone.
  • Everyday will be Thanksgiving Day. My husband and I ate Thanksgiving dinner in my hospital room. I ordered turkey and dressing from the hospital kitchen and he bought a turkey dinner from the cafeteria. When times are bad, I should not stop counting my blessings. An attitude of gratitude helps me keep things in the right perspective.
  • I will live life to the fullest. Life is good even when things around me are bad.

My life has been changed. I pray that I will have the strength and courage to make a difference in the world before it is time to leave.


PainterMommy said...

Wow, I am sorry to hear about your hospital experience. Thank God you are ok and able to stay "Thankful" in spite of it. You are an inspiration!

DAWN aka PainterMommy

Dieverdog said...

Wow, those are eye-opening experiences. It's good to hear you are recovering well. It takes things like this to shake us up at times and good to be reminded by others like you before we go through something like this to be grateful for everything, even the small blessings.It puts things in persepctive!

Anonymous said...

Janette you really have some rich experiences from this hospital visit. I hope you, not only create more life lessons but share messages that make a difference from the platform. So much to share with hospital personal, families that need encouragement and oh the times of despair and how you overcame them. Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to more sharing.
Glad that you are seeing even more of the purposes you have and those you can help.

Holly Jahangiri said...

I hope you're well on your way to recovery by now, but I love your attitude and outlook on the whole experience. I've spent a holiday or two with relatives in the hospital; you can make special, memorable moments out of even a crappy situation.

May Christmas be a healthy, happy holiday for you!

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