Waiting For Help

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I’ve been waiting on the scheduler to call back. Monday she said that she would take care of getting my MRI records and then she could schedule me for the next day. I called back today, and no one knew anything about that. Nothing had been done.

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I called the hospital that did my MRI. To get records sent, they were taking me on a long cycle of filling out forms and waiting and waiting.

Somehow, I was transferred to the radiology department and a human answered. When I told her the situation and mentioned that I had necrosis, she was more urgent. She asked for the fax number and said she would send it over right away.

I’m thankful that I could advocate for myself and get the ball rolling, so to speak. All chronically ill people have to deal with things like this frequently. If we don’t step in and push the system to act, no one else will.

They would have just made me wait until the ‘next available’ appointment in June. I really don’t like making these phone calls. I am polite, but I still feel my heart racing and my head pounding. My anxiety isn’t helping me, either.

Being a patient is a full-time job. The healthcare system is full of people needing help and there aren’t enough people to do the job. Because I have a daughter who is an Acute Occupational Therapist, I’ve heard how the system works and it’s not designed to help us right when we need it.

Many times we feel angry and upset that we aren’t listened to. We often are treated like little children that must be tolerated. Praying before these phone calls helps me to avoid sounding angry on the phone, because it will do more harm than good.

Some verses from the Bible help when I read them. Sometimes I just read them a few times and ask God to give me more faith. Praying to be healed is a complicated thing to me.

After my first child was born I had three miscarriages during two years. I’m sure that I had PTSD by the end of this time. As the specialist guided us through the pregnancy, I felt afraid every day. The three losses were probably caused by Mast Cell Disorder.

I felt like any moment of the day I could lose my baby. I was so terrified at the end of the pregnancy, because the doctor’s feared the baby and I could both die. This put me in a bad state and couldn’t really pray. But God had caused many people we knew to pray for her.

We were approached every day by people who said that they were praying for her. I still couldn’t pray. I’m so thankful that the prayers were heard. During a horrible delivery the baby almost died. A surgeon was called in the do an emergency C-section. Just as he arrived the baby was delivered!

I know that we often have prayers answered with a “no” but we need to keep asking. I am asking that God would let this ankle be treated well and that the ankle won’t completely die.

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Here are some verses that help me to feel faith:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

Proverbs 4:20-22 – “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”

Psalm 41:2-3 – “The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”

I don’t know what comes around the corner, but surgery will bring pain. Then, I’ll pray for grace to get through the recovery. I hope that you’re not in severe pain today. If you believe in God, I hope these verses might be an encouragement.

@2024, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and experiences and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

9 thoughts on “Waiting For Help”

  1. This sounds terrible. I recently had a doctor’s office call and cancel my appointment while I was driving to it and didn’t know until I got to the office after driving 30 miles!!!!

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