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Thankful

Driving to Work
Driving to Work

This morning as I drove to work, I complained to myself about how horrible the winter driving conditions were.  I took a picture through my windshield with the intent of blogging about the woes of winter weather and block heaters and 30 below wind chills.

Today's Coffee Instagram
Today’s Coffee Instagram

Later in the morning I took a picture of my triple espresso Starbucks latte and posted it on Instagram.  I included some kind of cynical caption referencing the necessity for extra caffeine in my day.  It was only moments later that my pager went off and I scurried to a c-section to help resuscitate a baby, like we do for every c-section.

By the time I got back to my triple espresso Starbucks latte 3 hours later, it was cold.  I picked it up and downed what was left as I sat down in exasperation.  In that moment I was thankful.

I was thankful for my two healthy, crazy, devilish children.
I was thankful that I listened just a little closer to that baby’s chest.
I was thankful that I was not the parents who had their dreams of cuddling a healthy baby shattered as I explained to them the significance of their baby’s chest x-ray.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

I was thankful that the worst part of my day was that I had to drive for an hour in crappy winter conditions.

8 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. There’s nothing like a little perspective to make us reconsider what it is we are thankful for, right? But those morning commutes in weather like that….ugh….never fun 😦

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    1. Horrible! On Friday when I was driving home post-call, it took me 90 minutes! I turned up the christmas music and enjoyed the time to myself though 🙂

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  2. This might sound weird, but I’m sure you’re going to understand what I mean. It’s kind of a gift that we get to be around such sick people — not only in that we’re able to help them, but because it helps us be thankful for our health, especially in times when we’re struggling to find gratitude.

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  3. I am not sure what to say to this one.

    It definitely is a blessing to have happy, healthy children. But those of us who have ZERO medical knowledge are blessed to have those like you, who help keep our kids healthy. What you’re doing is an amazing thing and those parents and that sick baby are definitely blessed to have you, who listened a little closer.

    You definitely deserve that Starbucks. And stay safe in the snow!

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    1. Thank-you! I am glad that other people see people like me this way. I do work hard, but not just for myself. Often I don’t even know why I do this everyday… I am tired most of the time! I hope to continue becoming better at my job and making a difference in the lives of others.

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