First of all, thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers via comments, emails and texts regarding my Dad’s cancer. Your support means so much to me and I cannot thank you enough.
Today, I wanted to share a story with you that happened to me a few weeks ago, and still has me smiling and giving thanks for all the wonderful people I have in my life.
Recently, I had a friend text me about her daughter. Her 3 year old had been sick for the past few days. They had gone to urgent care and that doctor had told them that everything looked fine and to just wait out the illness. Standard advice for a viral illness, I say the same thing multiple times per day at work. . . Well, she wasn’t getting any better and her fever was pretty high. Anyone who is a parent knows that when their kiddo is sick, you get worried, and all you want is for them to feel better. Anyway, the text asked if I could give some doctor advice, but that she didn’t want to take advantage of our friendship and if I didn’t feel comfortable giving advice, that it was ok too.
Well, of course, I picked up the phone and called my friend. You see, I don’t mind helping friends out with medical questions or advice, as long as they are my friends first and the fact that I am a doctor is just an added perk to our friendship.
Thankfully, I was able to reassure my friend about her daughter, provide some medication advice, and guidance for when to go back in to the doctor if things didn’t get better.
What my friend doesn’t know if that this phone call was probably the best part of my day. What a blessing to be able to have the skills and knowledge to help out a friend in need. And her little girl got better just a predicted.
I saw my friend a few weeks later. She gave me the sweetest card. And because she knows my love for Caribou Coffee, a gift card. Both were completely unnecessary. It was the thought that she put into the card and taking the time to pick up the gift card that struck me. How lucky am I to have such good friends that value my friendship with them as much as I value theirs. Wow.
I have that card up on my desk at work and every time I look at it, I am filled with appreciation for my friends and all that they do for me.
So, today, I ask you to look around and be thankful for what you have, where you are and the people you are lucky enough to share this life with you. Thank you for all of you, for taking the time to read R4C, and for being part of my life.
Now, whatcha up to this weekend? We are headed to the Lake to spend some time working on the boat lift before it goes in the water (and by “we”, I obviously mean, Scott). Then, Luke is doing a fun run on Saturday night. And on Sunday we plan to head to the cities to visit Dad. Fingers crossed that Luke’s cold is 100% better so he can visit too!