1 Peter 5:7 Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.
|Pain medications are a special blessing!|
Despite the 5 star accommodations, Christopher's pain level was still sky high. The cheerful orange design of the room wasn't nearly enough to control the pain that had been left by hours of surgical tinkering inside his abdomen. This kind of pain required serious IV pain medications and copious amounts of antibiotics to ward off the ever-present threat of infection.
I thought Christopher might be disappointed that he wasn't going to get to go home right away after the surgery, but as it turned out he didn't mind staying at all. He didn't even want to get up to go to the bathroom much less endure a 45 minute ride home in the car. He was more than happy to just recline in his hospital bed, push the button on his IV for more pain medication, and allow the professionals to do the heavy lifting.
|The healing power of SLEEP!|
Sleep really is the best medicine after surgery. The body craves restful slumber after the scalpel assaults the inner sanctum of the body, so I encouraged Christopher to dream away the pain. I reminded him that we would still be here while he slept, and that the most important thing was for him to focus on recovery.
While Christopher snoozed, Breanna and I had time to settle in for a long afternoon of watching Christopher sleep. We were soon joined by Breanna's mom, Becky, who came by to help us turn afternoon into evening. The three of us sat chatting while machines dripped comfort and hydration into a very exhausted Christopher.
Since it was clear that sleep had taken a strong hold over him, we decided to move our conversation to the hospital cafeteria. Over a late lunch we made small talk. I was so grateful to have visitors. Being in the hospital often means long hours of nothing but sitting, waiting, and waiting some more. It can be very long and lonely, so the light conversation over coffee and snacks really helped to fill those empty hours.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can pray like this: