Today's slice is all about angels and telling them so. People come in and out of our lives all the time. Day after day, we cross paths with many familiar faces and sometimes unfamiliar faces-some of them are angels in disguise. For me, today was no exception.
As you may or may not know, my dad was hospitalized for 11 days in January. He was in for congestive heart failure, pneumonia and a touch of the flu. Thankfully, he got out ok and seems to be in "pretty good" health and spirits. The good thing here is he's stopped smoking! However, he's still recovering from some difficult issues and has high blood pressure as well as diabetes. And now, we're going to follow-up appointments with the doctors who saw him during his hospital stay as well as having more tests done to see the condition of his heart and lungs.
During a testing procedure, we were blessed to interact with a nurse, Paula, who I believe was an angel to our family. She helped my dad feel more relaxed about his testing, made personal connections with him and took the time to explain each step of the testing process to us.
So how is she an angel? Well, since she made my dad feel at ease, about the testing procedure, which was a debacle since he didn't realize he wasn't supposed to drink or have caffeine, she rescheduled part of the test for the next day. She told my dad, "I rescheduled the other part of the test for tomorrow and I'll be here to help you through it." In the mean time, we found out, she was offered the day off...uh-oh!
Did Paula take the day off? No, she still decided to come in knowing she had promised my dad she'd be there. Thankfully, we were able to hook-up with her again and she helped both my parents go through part 2 of the testing procedure. If you could only see how relaxed she made both of them feel...I told her with tears welling up in my eyes, "You really are an angel. Thank you for making both of my parents feel relaxed and ok with going through the testing procedures." She became teary-eyed as well and hugged me whispering, "You made my day."
The moral of the story is: when feelings of love and appreciation come over you, tell the person who impacted your life just what they've done-because just maybe they really need to hear the message at that moment and what you say can uplift the human spirit!