A few things that I've picked up at the hospital (other than probably a few germs), where my Dad is still in the ICU:
- It's entirely possible to trust in God for everything, but still to have a big knot in your stomach as you walk into the hospital.
- Some of the greatest people in the world are nurses.
- It's a huge relief to see someone you love getting a little cranky about hospital food; that's a sure sign he's feeling better.
- Sometimes there are delightful surprises in the midst of worry, like when you find out that your favorite nurse, Don, was your favorite volunteer baseball coach for your son's team last year. Funny thing is that neither Don nor I made the connection ... but when said son came to visit Grandpa, he knew right away.
- Never, ever, EVER, let someone over the age of 70 be given an Ambien sleeping pill. Unless you want them to have hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and a really, really horrible night with virutally NO sleep at all.
OK, that's what I've learned so far. If I learn anything else, I'll be happy to "share".