After three weeks in a hospital, I must say, the people who work here are among the most amazing in the world. That goes for everyone from nurses to technicians, to aids, to therapists and even volunteers. Maybe this isn’t true everywhere, and I just got lucky, but I feel like it’s more the nature of the job and the type of people who are motivated to do it day in and day out. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be here.
These are people who care about people and they deal with us at our worst. As soon as we are better, we leave. Still there was always a smile, a cheery voice, and a word of encouragement. But by far the most important thing I noticed is how everyone was treated with dignity. Everyone mattered. And it never mattered whether the job was undignified, the person never was.
Many times I was in humiliating situations and no one made me feel as if there was anything out of the ordinary with me. The worst was a few days after surgery when I became constipated due to the pain medication they gave me, so they gave me other medication to reverse that trend, which it did — a little too far in the other direction — and most of what I had in me ended up in my bed. That’s when two nurses came and literally changed my diapers. Talk about humiliating! And yet they went about their business as if they did this every day (maybe they do) chatting pleasantly with each other and with me without ever letting on that I was in an embarrassing situation. In fact, I never felt embarrassed my whole time here. I felt I was important and everyone wanted me well.
I think there’s something to be said here about what God thinks of us and how He wants us to treat others.
- God loves each one of us equally and completely.
- We are each dignified in that we bear His image.
- God wants us well.
- He has to clean up our messes.
- It may be humiliating, but then His Son was humiliated on the cross.
- Once you’ve lived through the humiliation of your own messes, other people’s messes don’t matter to you. Grace for you means grace for them. That’s grace turned outward.