Soothing Souls

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On Tuesday, Bob and I spent the greater part of the day at OHSU (aka Oregon Health & Science University). OHSU also houses two hospitals, and my surgery will take place at one of them (OHSU Hospital) on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s schedule contained three appointments, each of which included questions and answers, tests and more tests, and an introduction to a research study I’m participating in. At the time, my head was swimming until we got a stretch near mid-day for lunch and taking a breath.

Everything went well. All of our questions were answered. We also received a detailed description of my surgeon’s plan. The end result came at the hands and compassion of medical staff at the Spine Center. 

In the midst of all the negativity around us by the government, protesters, the news media, and more, it was a delight to meet people who were actually soothing souls. Not one negative attitude during the entire day. Not one person who came across as an ego-loaded jerk. Not one shrug or smirk at any of my questions.

These soothing souls provided me with the sense of calm and peace I’ve been seeking as I head into the most complex of the spine surgeries I’ve had to date. Prayers from friends and family helped me along. Coming home felt almost unbelievable when compared to how I’d felt that morning heading out.

Gratitude is lifted to God for the gift of these people committed to working in the field of medicine spreading calmness and peace.

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9 Replies to “Soothing Souls”

  1. I’m happy to hear your meeting went well, Sherrey. Sending up prayers for your surgery on Wednesday.

    1. Thanks, Jill, for your prayers and encouragement.

  2. Sherrey, I’m so happy you are surrounded by caring and compassionate healthcare workers as you embark on this challenging journey. God’s speed, my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    1. Kathy, you of all people know the importance of caring and compassionate healthcare workers. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, as always.

  3. You’ll do fine, Sherrey! And I’ll be praying for calmness as you contemplate surgery.

    1. Thanks, Marian, for your prayers and words of encouragement.

  4. Sherry, glad your meeting with the staff went well for you. Prayers for your surgery on Wednesday. Healing & Hugs, June

  5. Thinking of you as you recover from your surgery. Sending soothing loving thoughts. xo

    1. Thanks so much!

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