Recently I spent a few hours in a hospital recovery room with my mom while she was recovering from surgery on her ear. As I was sitting in the recovery room, I couldn’t help but hear all of the beeps from the machines scattered all throughout the room.
Constant. Annoying. BEEPS!
Not beeping in unison. Not really a pleasant sound. Quite loud, and at least for me, it was a bit irritating.
Okay, it was a lot irritating!
I watched, somewhat amazed as the nurses all went about their duties as if they were in a serene, peaceful environment. After observing this for a few moments, I couldn’t help but mention this to the nurse assisting my mom. How in the world do you ever get use to the beeping noises?
Her response caught me a little off guard…oh we like to hear those sounds, that means the patient is alive! When we don’t hear anything, when it becomes silent, then we become concerned. So, really to us, it’s a very pleasant sound. We actually like to hear those beeps!
Hmmm….I guess it makes sense.
The beeps can actually mean something good. All those things that I sometimes find to be rather annoying…well maybe I just need to change my point of view.
Like the nurse in the recovery room.
Maybe the beeps are actually signs of life. Maybe they are really the things that I should or could be thankful for?
I’m working on it…thus the reason for “Thankful Thursday“!
Just like the nurse, there are times that I need to be able to say that I actually like to hear the noise, and the beeps….because it means that there is life, and love, and family.
And for that I am truly blessed, and above all….oh so very thankful.