Friday, August 19, 2016
God's Gentle Care
For over 25 years, my family and I have performed drama and music traveling across the US--and in honor of my husband, my children and God, I have continued on in that ministry. This Spring, I injured myself moving sets for the Easter play. At first I thought it would heal up on its own. But it didn't. I have been into the emergency room three times since May and have found it increasingly hard to walk without a cane. Though I must admit yesterday, when someone told me I look quite snazzy with a cane, I felt quite pleased. (grin) Haha!
The last visit to the ER was last week. The MRI revealed the blood supply to my hip bone had been compromised, so a portion of the bone had died. That in itself was a shock. I wasn't expecting anything like that. The ER doctor referred me to a surgeon and I made an appointment with him right away.
The surgeon recommended hip replacement surgery as soon as possible. However, before surgery could be scheduled he needed a referral from a primary care doctor. (In the meantime, the joint could collapse or a life-threatening infection could set in. I'd already been running a low-grade fever.)
I was REALLY frustrated. I had been trying to find a primary care doctor in my "network" for over six months and could not find anyone accepting new patients. In fact, I had an appointment to be a new patient--but that was at the end of September.
Out of the blue, a dear friend of mine recommended I talk to an insurance agent here in town who helps people find good health care.
Karen discovered the coverage I had was woefully inadequate. She filled out an application for our state coverage and sent it in for me. What a blessing! She was wonderful--caring, warm and professional.
Miraculously, within a week I was accepted! I was blown away. It can take up to a year to get coverage--so I was floored, as was the young woman who called. She said this rarely happens and the fact it had was miraculous. She also informed me I was already signed up with a primary care doctor. The actual paperwork came in the mail on Thursday.
Happily, I snagged the last appointment of the week with the primary care doctor. The appointment was to welcome me as a new patient. Yesterday I had my first appointment with Doctor Andrea. She was great, was able to fill all my prescriptions, as well as sending a referral for surgery to the surgeon's office. It has only been 14 days since I first found out I needed a hip replacement. I am in awe.
The sequence of events--how it all fell together--is miraculous. Perfect timing is God's fingerprint. I would appreciate your prayers and I will update you when I can.
Miracles are happening all around us. We just need to take the time to look. (grin) Since my beloved husband flew away to heaven, I have been amazed and in awe at God's provision and gentle care.
God bless you, dear ones. May God's loving Presence surround you, as you walk the path of your life. Watch for His hand--He is always with us, working on our behalf.