We began and ended our day with John Lennon. Our spiritual team lead Daneen, invited us to center ourselves, listen to the lyrics, and reflect on what it means to us to Imagine. We all shared one word to describe how we were feeling about the day. Grateful, excited, humbled, anxious, inspired, open, and hopeful were a few of the words I heard. We all agreed we also felt a certain amount of anxiety, wondering how the day would go, and the news we would deliver to patients – both good and bad.
Upon arriving at the hospital, we gathered for a blessing and to meet the hospital staff. Patients and families had traveled long distances and were gathered at the main entrance, waiting for their turn to see one of the providers. Before entering, we all stood together while Daneen led a prayer. It was very moving to stand alongside our patients, as their voices continued to lift in praise and prayer long after we said amen. The doors opened and triage began, with the intake and consult process moving along like clockwork. Some patients received good news – no, they did not need surgery, or yes, they will be scheduled for surgery. Others were disappointed to hear they were not candidates for surgery or they would need to wait for the next team. In all cases, everyone we met expressed an abundance of gratitude, to us and to God. It was beautiful to hear such unwavering faith and trust that God will provide. Bonds are being formed, both with patients and each other. Of course intrepreters are needed to translate medical information, but in general, whether we speak the same language or not, it doesn’t matter. Really seeing each other, demonstrating compassion and empathy, and taking care of each other creates a connection that needs no words. At the end of the day, we are all the same.
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.