It’s a wrap. Not my first choice, but a necessity. My wisdom teeth are gone, and my mouth is beginning to forgive me. At least I can eat real food now! Carefully, mind you. And nothing too chewy.
I realized mid-week that there were some lessons in this for me. I work with critically ill and imminently dying patients every day. What could I learn as I coped with recuperation, physical discomfort, instructions and medications from my dentist, and patience with the healing process? Where did I gain some insight into my work as a chaplain?
Here’s what I learned about myself as a patient:
- I really don’t like being sick. (I’ve had patients who seem to glory in being ill.)
- I appreciate help, but not smothering. Two thumbs up to my family. 😉
- I have a limit on how much soft stuff I can eat. Texture, smell, CRUNCH are important aspects of my diet. I have a much greater empathy for patients on restricted diets!!
- Prayers and reassurance make all the difference. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and church family.
- I’m looking forward to fresh vegetables, salads and chewing!
- I am fortunate to have health insurance and sick days.
- I don’t want to take my health for granted. Ever.
Here’s to learning in every situation… and being grateful.
P.S. In case you wondered: The chaplain is a chicken. I had all kinds of dread and angst. I am SOOOOO glad it’s almost over!