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Caring Lessons Now #6

In Chicago today, it’s important to be Irish. We’ll leave soon to watch the greening of the Chicago River. The streets below my study window are filling with dots of green T-shirted people.

At the same time, people close to me are dealing with severe illnesses. Recently, a recipient of supposedly the best health care in America, told me an x-ray tech had said, “If you’re going to faint, I’m not doing you. My job is on the line if I don’t get good pictures.”

Not a good scene. When a patient is anxious, which is most of us undergoing new procedures, we don’t need to feel like we’re responsible for our technician’s job. After this tech walked out a second time, increasing this patient’s anxiety even more, a tech came in who gently and quietly said, “Everything’s going to be alright. I’ll going to go slowly and walk you through this. Now breathe in…”

The procedure took two hours instead of fifteen minutes, but the technician recognized and responded to the patient’s needs and protected her dignity.

Full of  thoughts about persons suffering at this time, I awoke this morning to this blog post about people’s use (and misuse) of the word God.  And then I landed on the final thought that Micah 6:8 says, “…And what does God require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

I think the second tech understood this text. Far fetched? I don’t think so.

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