I was lying in a hospital bed in severe pain, body broken, unable to move, alone in the dark, physically and mentally exhausted but unable to sleep due to the pain. This was the story of my life for an entire February. On this particular night, I had urinated all over myself.
My body, hospital gown, and sheets were soaking wet. Due to my broken bones, I was unable to lift my body on a portable potty, and the nurse staff was too busy to assist me. My pride felt as shattered as my body. At 3:00 a.m. I remember looking at the ceiling crying and whispering to God.
I told Him that I could bare the pain and the lack of sleep. I would suffer by myself, soiled in urine and not make a single complaint. But the one thing I couldn’t bare was having the over twenty physicians and residents parade in my room, as they did every morning at 7:00am, with me being soiled with my own urine.
My pride and spirit would be crushed. I prayed that God would send me a certified nursing assistant to help me clean up, and at 6:30 a.m. God sent me an angel. She was an older Hispanic woman with a huge smile and desire to help.
She asked me if I needed anything, and I asked her for help to the bathroom and help with cleaning my body. My angel moved my limp body on a wheelchair and helped me to the bathroom. She cleaned my sheets, cleaned my body, and brought me a new hospital gown. Even with my broken bones and penetrating pain, I felt like a new person.
I thanked her with all my heart, and the minute she left the parade of physicians began. I said a small prayer thanking God for the angel He had sent me. She may have thought she was helping me with a simple task, but it meant the world to me.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
-Romans 8:35 (NIV)
“Lord, Thank You for being with me every instant of my life, especially during the difficult and painful times. God bless the people who put forth the small efforts that make such a difference. Please bring to remembrance those who have helped me, including…”