Surprising lessons you will learn waiting at the ER

Lessons learned from waiting for healthcare #waitingtoolong#ERwait#urgentcare

Vietnamese people with bicycles, standing outside a clinic
People waiting to enter a medical clinic in vietnam.

 

I have waited for medical care too, from both sides, as a patient and as a doctor. Physicians also wait-

  • for lab results
  • for xray and scan reports
  • for consultants to call or send evaluation findings
  • for insurance companies to pay claims
  • for prior authorizations for surgery and medications to be approved

 

We all have to wait and it usually isn’t by choice or pleasant.

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People waiting at a medical clinic in Panama.

 

 

The Bible talks about waiting in this passage –

Isaiah 40:31, NKJV

But those who wait  on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

 

 

 

I think it’s easier to wait when you expect, hope and, trust that waiting will lead to a good outcome, your problem will be solved, your illness will be successfully treated, your pain eased, your sorrow resolved.

Sometimes waiting teaches us valuable lessons that we might otherwise not know.

group of people sitting under a tree
People waiting at a clinic in Zanzibar.

 

 

Please read this poignant post from Martin Wiles about how visits to  hospital emergency rooms changed his perspective on waiting.  It might change yours also.

Lessons from a Waiting Room  by Martin Wiles

 

“Waiting rooms have taught me life is unfair. When I see people who don’t have and can’t afford insurance. When I see people who’ve been abused by others or who’ve had crimes committed against them. And when I see people addicted to drugs who are making a visit to get a pain fix. Or when I see bodies mangled by wrecks.”

 

those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar like eagles Isaiah 40:31
Isaiah 40:31 graphic from the Lightstock.com collection

 

 

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

Most people know of Dr. King’s assassination, but don’t know his mother, Alberta Williams King, also died violently. At age 69, sitting at the organ of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mrs. King was shot and killed on June 30, 1974. Her 23-year-old assailant received a life sentence and died in prison.

Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.

Isaiah 40:4-5

"I have a dream"
Plaque honoring “I have a dream” speech by Dr. King

On the third Monday of January, the United States observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official federal holiday.

The Reverend Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His famous “I have a dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is remembered, read, and recited by people all over the country if not the world on the anniversary of his birth.

“Martin Luther King’s commitment to nonviolent advocacy,  coupled with service, won the hearts and minds of many Americans. King’s public and civil advocacy,coupled with a willingness to serve the most vulnerable, brought genuine transformation.

Though he did not possess all the markers of power, he brought doctoral-level training and broad cultural experience to his philosophical personalism and commitment to dignity of all people…as America’s most effective prophet…his  movement’s power was not in its social location but rather in its gospel commitment to truth, love and service. “

Gabriel Salguero,president of the National  Latino Evangelical Coalition, writing in Christianity Today ,November 2015

Violence-a tragic legacy

Dr. King’s life reminds us of the tragic effects of violence. His life ended suddenly and prematurely when, on April 4, 1968, an assailant shot him as he stood on a hotel balcony. He had delivered his last speech just the day before. The shooter was apprehended, and after confessing to the murder, sentenced to life in prison where he died.

Most people know of Dr. King’s assassination, but don’t know his mother, Alberta Williams King, also died violently. At age 69, sitting at the organ of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mrs. King was shot and killed on June 30, 1974. Her  23-year-old assailant received a life sentence and died in prison.

Violence between persons creates social, economic and political problems, and serious medical consequences. It is a leading cause of death, especially in children, adolescents and young adults.

Non-fatal injuries often cause severe and permanent disability that changes lives, burdens families and increases medical costs astronomically. These include

  • TBI, traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries leading to paraplegia, quadriplegia, ventilator dependence
  • Amputations of limbs
  • PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder; other forms of anxiety; depression
  • Chronic pain, often leading to opiate dependence

Here is the post from about  why and how we need to address violence in our society .

You can learn more about Dr. King and listen to part of his famous speech at this link at Biography.com

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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings

And a biography about Dr. King written for children I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.

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