This picture was taken yesterday at OHSU. Thankfully, Gordon was in an actor in a training video, not a real patient in a hospital bed. In their effort to keep patients, nurses, and therapists safe and unharmed, the good professionals at OHSU are creating videos on assessing patient mobility. Gordon was an excellent choice as their subject.
Seeing him in that bed brought some serious flashbacks for me. Even though I knew the scene was staged, I felt that old fear and dread rise up once again. I was also able to reflect on Gordon’s wonderful progress and be thankful that we can now laugh with the staff and participate voluntarily in this scenario.
Being nearly 7 years post-stroke, I was also able to express my appreciation for the compassion and positive attitudes of the nurses and therapists.
Recently, I was walking through the hospital where Gordon spent his first few weeks post-stroke. As I walked through those familiar halls, I noticed that the hospital’s gift shops offered many books for sale, none of which dealt with recovery, hope, or encouragement. I was shocked!
Gordon and I immediately decided to pursue getting “Painful Blessing” into a hospital gift shop. After all, we cannot be the only people who need encouraging words and hope to get through those awful, early days.
As of this week, “Painful Blessing” is available in the gift shop at OHSU! I pray copies of the book get into the hands of people who need it, whoever they may be. I pray that they will be encouraged to face their challenges and to hope for the blessings that God has for them.