I’ve come to think of the hospital bed as being “The Great Equalizer”. When you think about it, the person occupying this bed could be a CEO, a movie star, or a hardened criminal. They could’ve been a war hero, a successful executive, or maybe they drove the garbage truck past your house this morning. Politicians, pastors, junkies, cashiers, teachers, bankers, mothers, fathers, accountants, felons, sons, daughters, engineers, musicians, or baristas. They could be wealthy, they could be homeless. They could be loved by many, they could simply attract hate.
The thing is, to a nurse, none of this really matters. We don’t know their story. We don’t know who they really are, what’s happened to them, what they’ve done, where they’ve been, or where they’re going.
All we know is that they’re here. Right now. In that bed. Placed by God. They’re sick. They’re broken. They need us.
So we step into their stories for a few hours. No matter who they are. We take care of them. No matter what they’ve done. We reach out to them. No matter how they react. We teach them. And, whether we notice it or not, they teach us, as well. What an honor – praise be to God.
Thanks for growing with me. ❤