Posted on: 04/26/2016

Author: Kampman, Marybeth


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Today at devotionals pastor Marty Nichols talked to us about being open to surprises and opportunities. So I decided to make a list today of all of the surprises that I encountered. To embrace the unexpected and try to begin to  learn from it. So here is a list of things I noted and thought about today, listed in no particular order of importance that gave me food for thought.


Walking to the Obras I happened to catch a quick glance behind a closing gate to an alley. What a saw was a profusion of colorful flowers. Since I had my camera in hand I quickly raised it up to catch the shot. Just then a man appeared to complete the closure of the gate. Disappointed, I lowered my camera. To my surprise, the man smiled, and motioned to me as he reopened the gate - inviting me to take a picture.  We connected with smiles of appreciation for the beauty of the flowers and the morning, Random acts of kindness do make your day.


This set me up to continue to make note of “surprises” or things that didn't quire turn out the way I had expected. I thought it might be a good way to organize my thoughts for the day.


On rounds I saw children that I expected to be uncomfortable and out of sorts, instead smiling and calm even after very uncomfortable procedures the previous day.The strength and fortitude of the patients is humbling.


I thought I recognized a baby from the day before - but wait the woman lovingly holding the baby is someone else. That is because the grandma had taken over holding the baby to give the mom a much needed break. The constant expressions of love and caring that is shown for the patients by their family reflects the unconditional support and love they share with to each other.


I felt like I recognized a woman entering pre-op today getting ready for an operation, and in fact I had. Her young daughter had been in the same bed the day before awaiting a tonsillectomy. Today was her turn for a gall bladder operation. The importance that FIP makes in the lives of the families we serve is amazing. Our choice to be  part of the team is an important one.


I met a 16 year old male patient who was so happy to have lived through his operation. His friend at home had warned him that he didn’t think he would come back alive.His response was that he could now smile not for the picture I was taking, but in thanksgiving to God for the success of his operation.


I watched Sally hand out the toiletry bags filled with goodies donated by friends of Marilyn Ewing to the women on the wards who had undergone surgeries the day before. What seemed  as simple necessities of life to me were gifts that were treasured by women who could not afford to purchase them. The generosity  and caring of so many that support Faith in Practice and the patients we serve is truly appreciated.