Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Rainbow

One night after dinner, younger son and his friend Julie were outside playing and it had started to rain lightly while the sun was still out. She was 6 and he was 5.

I noticed a rainbow had formed over the mountains and excitedly pointed it out to the kids. Then I decided to turn the experience into a little lesson and so I said, "And WHO made the rainbow?"

Julie exuberantly shouted "The WEATHERMAN!" :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Classic M*A*S*H Clip - Soot!

This cracks me up! Don't you just love the kind of falling over, unable to breathe, knee slapping with tears streaming down your face kind of laughter? Hawkeye is excellent in this scene. Enjoy! :)


I think what Trapper says about humor at the end is true.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Thank You For Your Sacrifice

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Vietnam Soldier Memorial

Thank you to all the soldiers and military support personnel from wars past and present who have sacrificed greatly so that we can be safe, for the greater good - for freedom for all.

I chose Vietnam Memorials because my husband is a Vietnam Veteran.

My uncles served in WWII.

I am proud of them and have so much respect for their sacrifices.

Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend! :)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Scrubs "Like a Surgeon"

I loved the choreography for the surgeons vs medical -dancing docs at the end. That was a funny episode. JD thought Turk would have his back and tell his patient that he agreed that the surgery was unnecessary but Turk stood his ground and unapologetically stated that the patient did need the surgery. Most of that episode was about the competition between medical and surgical residents.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

One of My Favorite Books

Garden Gate Guard

I strongly recommend this book for anyone feeling the loss of a loved one. "Within the Gates" by Rebecca Springer is one of my favorite books and it was given to me as a Christmas present a few years back. This book is a revised (contemporary) condensed version of the original book written during the Victorian era which was called "Intra Muros" by Rebecca Springer.

I loved the condensed version so much that my friend found a first edition of the Intra Muros for me and gave it to me for my birthday. The contemporary condensed version is published by Christ for the Nations and I ordered 50 books from them (bulk prices) right after I finished reading it. I have given the condensed book to friends, family, my Lifeline clients and some hospital patients. I almost always carried some with me. I only offered the book if I felt an opening because they expressed their grief over losing a loved one. (Actually to friends and family -I just gave them the book because I thought it was so neat!) I tried to be sensitive to their needs as I would never want to offend anyone. No one ever refused it. They always seemed grateful.

I also gave this book to our Pastor and his wife and they liked it so much that they ordered a slightly different version (still contemporary - not as condensed) for the church bookstore because they deal with a different company. This version is called "Within Heaven's Gate" by Rebecca Springer and is published by~ Whitaker House.

Rebecca lived more than 100 years ago and took suddenly and seriously ill when she was visiting someone far from home. She was at death's door and it was during this time that she was given a vision of what we can expect in heaven.

"The vision emphatically teaches that there is a continuity between this life and the next, and the idea that heaven is a place fundamentally different from earth is wrong. Of course, as far as environment is concerned, all is perfect there. Nevertheless, heaven is a place where its inhabitants continue to learn and develop."

In the vision, Rebecca's brother-in-law said: "What strange ideas we mortals have of the pleasures and duties of the blessed life. We seem to think that the death of the body means an entire change of the soul. But that is not the case by any means. We bring to this life the same tastes, the same desires, the same knowledge we had before death. If these were not sufficiently pure and good to form a part of this life, then we ourselves may not enter. What would be the use of our oft-times long lives, given to the pursuit of certain worthy and legitimate knowledge, if at death it all counts as nothing, and we are to begin this life on a wholly different line of thought and study? No, no, would that all could understand, as I said before, that we are building for eternity during our earthly life. The purer the thoughts, the nobler the ambitions, the loftier the aspirations, the higher the rank we take among the hosts of heaven. The more earnestly we follow the studies and duties in our life of probation, the better fitted we shall be to carry them forward, on and on to completion and perfection there."

I tell people that even if you don't believe this really happened that this vision does magnify Christ and the things she speaks of do line up with Biblical scriptures and you can still look at it as a type and shadow of what is yet to come.

"If there is one great central truth that the book teaches, it is that human friendships made in this world are enduring in the second."

May anyone reading this book be filled with awe and comfort about our Eternal Home.

I Don't Know What to Entitle This Post

"My own belief of this mortal life is that no two friends can occupy the same place in our hearts. Each heart is filled with chambers stately and old, and each beloved guest is assigned a chamber exclusively for himself. That room is always his. If death or distance, or even disgrace separates him from us, still the room is his, and his only forever. No other person can ever occupy it. Others may have rooms equally choice, but when a guest has once departed from that room he has held in another heart, the door of that room is barred forever; it is held inviolate - sacred to the departed guest. And so in heaven each guest has a separate room or home. "In My Father's house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place (room) for
you." ~ Rebecca Springer

So - where are all these life after death thoughts coming from anyway? Well, I stated earlier that the OR L.A.D. cartoon triggered it, but really it has been on my mind for a while now.

I have been thinking about 2 families that lost their sons in car accidents last year. One was a classmate of my younger son and the other boy attended school in another district and was the son of a local doctor. One died in June - the other in July. They both would have graduated H.S. this year.

I have thought of these families often throughout this past year and my heart breaks for them. I started really thinking about them around Mother's Day because of everything coming up now. Proms, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, the anniversary of their deaths and perhaps other milestones as well.

I know the families must continually feel the loss of their precious sons but the feelings must be exacerbated with all of these significant dates coming up.

As a parent, I think the time period where the child gets their license is the toughest. It is an exciting time but it is also a new phase for which they will have a lot more freedom. It just always felt safer to be the taxi parent because you knew they got there safely.

I totaled a guy's brand new 1972 Mach I when I had just turned 17 and was on my permit. We all should have died - but the guys were discharged that night and I stayed over for a concussion among other things. We weren't belted. (I'll post about this another time) My point is that I know how easily these things can happen. It was my fault - I was speeding, racing actually and lost control.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a couple of my son's friends bragging and laughing about how they got from destination A to destination B in 15 minutes (Should've been a half hour in my opinion.) because they were going 90 miles an hour. Be still my heart! Of course I ended up coming in and lecturing but telling them that I did understand because I did it too- but things happen. I also told them that I have seen many MVA patients come through the ER that didn't have a good outcome. Accidents are stupid. No one plans them. That's why they are called accidents. People usually regret them. I sure did.

In my next post I have written about a book that I recommend for people that have lost loved ones. I hope it will be a source of peace and comfort to anyone mourning the loss of a loved one.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

From Just One Question

I love this question mark in the sky.

One night when my ER shift was done I went into the back by the doctor and nurse. It was quiet. I don't remember what had happened that caused me to ask the doctor the question I asked him. I don't remember if some one had died and therefore the after life was on my mind. Actually, it was a kind of statement question. I said something like, "Boy being a doctor and working around dying people - you must really think there is more to this life than just living-dying and that's it." He then looked at me quizzically and said, "NO...." in a sort of open ended response.

So I commented that he must see the difference when he is working with patients. One moment they are alive maybe even animated and in the next moment they are dead and so totally lifeless that they might as well be a stone. Where did all that energy go? Surely he must see the difference. He still said, "No..." and ended up lying down on the cardiac stretcher on his stomach with his chin propped up in his hands while listening and exchanging ideas. I don't recall what was said at that point. The nurse that was there was also a Christian and if she happens to come in here ...well maybe she can tell us.

I didn't know this doctor well other than working with him on occasion. He was a real nice guy. After that night we seemed to make a real connection. At that time, registration closed at 11 PM. If the waiting room was empty after my shift was over he would come out to me and want to talk about Christian things and so I stayed. We sat on the sofas and talked with the TV still on. He seemed filled with questions.

He wanted to know exactly what I believed and why. We talked about the salvation message but we also talked about healing miracles for today, eschatology (one of my favorite topics) as it relates to Biblical prophecy and current events and more.

He had also given me his phone number to call him at his apartment down by the city. I remember calling him on my weekends off on a couple of Saturday nights. He moved to another area not long after that and had wanted to keep contact but other things started happening in my personal life and I ended up getting sidetracked.

It was kind of exciting to see him soak this information up like a sponge. I never pretended to have all the answers but shared Biblical truths as I understood them. I encouraged him to read and study the information for himself. I encouraged him to pray and ask God to show him things and give him understanding.

I had this sense that something might be wrong, that he had a serious concern. I never asked him and he never said. Just one of those 6th sense gut feelings I had. I hope I was of some help to him. I hope I was instrumental in helping him discover the joy, peace and love that our Heavenly Father promises each of us who seek to know him.

I heard Billy Graham say once that he could study the Bible for the next 40 years and he STILL wouldn't know everything there is to know and his entire life's work was in the study of Biblical truths. As I said in an earlier post - I think this is because it is the Living Word revealing revelation after revelation and like God, it is never ending and it's profound truths breathe life into one's spirit.

God in the Box - Harness the Wind?

Que isso/What's this about

Funny how one little cartoon (see post below) can evoke so much thought. Then reading Chrysalis Angel's comment in my previous post - I guess has stirred something inside me, so I am not sure where all of this is going.

I have always been fascinated with the idea of an after life and since I am a Christian, I do believe in the teachings of Jesus who actually, spent more time warning people to live right so as to avoid hell and he made it clear that once there - there was no changing our minds. People ask how a loving God could condemn someone to hell but it comes down to free will - he gives them what they wanted - to be apart from him.

I realize the paragraph above might be offensive or seem ridiculous to some. I welcome any and all points of view.

That is my belief system and - I do embrace the Judeo-Christian ethics. Yet, sometimes... I still seem to make wrong choices - even when I know better. (Does that mean I am stupid? Or oh so very human?) I am counting on His grace, patience and knowledge that I am a work in progress. :)

It's too bad that some people limit God -if they even believe at all. Try to put him in a box and limit him to their own finite understanding or deny his existence all together- oblivious to the fact that as they can not harness the wind, so ...they cannot contain the Eternal Creator and because they do not believe-does not mean He does not exist.

Theology is such a deep subject. You can take one small topic and as you study, question, etc., it is like you just peel away layer after layer and still the information is inexhaustible as it leads to even more revelations. Probably why it is called the "Living Word". There is no end - there is always something more. Truths that profoundly breathe life into one's spirit if given the opportunity.

There is so much more after this life.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Life After Death -OR Cartoon

Have you ever had a life after death experience or known someone who has? I do. I wonder? Do medical personnel have patients that have had these experiences who later tell them what happened in the OR, ER or anywhere else? I've heard that often times people don't discuss their L.A.D. experience because it takes them a while to process it themselves and for fear of being misunderstood.

A close friend of mine had the experience of drowning in a lake when she was younger. After the initial struggle she said it became very peaceful as she left her body and watched it float downward. She said because of that experience she is not afraid to die.

This same friend developed an interest in the Death and Dying field/ministry and was involved with Hospice at various levels - teaching, training, grief counseling etc. She had also interviewed a man who was rear ended while driving in his Pinto. They were known to catch on fire if this happened and his did. He caught on fire and fell onto the pavement in awful pain. He too rose above his body and was able to watch what was happening below. He didn't feel any pain until he went back into his body.

I remember hearing a story of someone who was on the west coast flying out to see her father who was a pastor that was on his death bed on the east coast. While she was in the air she was praying that she would make it on time to see her father and say good-bye to him. He died while she was in the air but came back again.

They told her what had happened while she was still on the flight. Her father said to her, "Baby - dying is no big deal. It's like taking your next breath (he inhaled) and you're on the other side."

Friday, May 18, 2007

Scrubs Season 3-Radiologist a MUST see :)

I really enjoy Scrubs. My favorite character is Dr. Cox but they're all good. The radiologist is a hoot in this one. Drug seeker scene excellent too. :)

I may just put up a few of these Youtube clips as I am really busy right now. I do have a lot I want to blog about. I will update you about the renal scan and I have some memes that I was tagged for - I didn't forget. I do enjoy doing/reading the memes as they give more insight into the blogger if they aren't being facetious about them - although that is funny too.

Life is good - lots to do - back soon - have a great weekend! :)

P.S. I just came back today (Saturday) to check blog and confess to replaying the radiologist's temper tantrum several more times. I DO love, love, LOVE this scene!! L-O-L! :) I think most of us who work in a hospital have witnessed a doctor meltdown at one time or another. To their defense - they do have a lot of pressures and responsibilities and then add the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back and there they blow. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Power in Prayer :)

Wednesday - May 16th I will be getting a Mag III renal scan with lasix which I believe will be the determining factor as to whether or not I am going to need surgery to correct a ureteral stricture that I have been fighting for the last 17 months.

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I welcome all prayers and good thoughts from anyone inclined to do so. There is power in prayer. Thank you :)

These renal scan results are from a woman who had a recurring UPJ obstruction which affected her right kidney. These are the type of pics/results the doctors will be reviewing. Of course I don't have a clue what they mean ...but..the colors are pretty. :) In the end - she had a nephrectomy.