Sunday, July 8, 2012

Out of Patience

Lord give me patience . . . Because, if you give me strength, I'm gonna need bail money to go with it.

     We've all had times where our patience has run out with a person or circumstance.  The devilish side of us becomes more visible.  True for you too?  Okay well I'm going to share one of my stories on this topic.. yes, there's more than one to pick from, ha.
     As I've told you before, I developed a blood clot in my leg in 1996.  Well the doctor recommended putting a greenfield filter in my femoral vein to prevent any clots from breaking off and going to my heart or lungs in the future. I'm not allowed any sedation because it affects my breathing.  They said it was a simple procedure and practically painless so I agreed to it.  Well I don't know where they got this guy to do the procedure but it must have been from the School of Hard Knocks.  It felt like he was stabbing me with that filter every chance he could as it went thru my vein.  My patience was out the door and so was I if I had the strength to get off that table.  I didn't but I had enough strength in my left arm to throw the pulse/oxygen monitor across the room.  I was labeled uncooperative and sent back up to my room upstairs in the hospital.  The doctor came to talk to me about the importance of completing this procedure.  I insisted on some form of sedation before I'd agree to round 2.  They gave me something that they give pregnant women so its real mild but worked.  The filter got put in and I was loopy enough that all I cared about was where my nightgown  Seriously, I asked that about 5 times in 2 minute intervals.
      There is a balance to be met between patience and strength.  Some times it's best to walk away and remove yourself from the situation.  Time to think can keep you and your devilish side out of trouble.