When I arrived at my "home away from home" yesterday, there were signs posted which read: Visitor restriction- No Children. Aaaahhhh! Not cool! Because the floor I am on has mostly chemo patients, they take extra precautions during flu season. One of the nurses came down with the flu last week and up went the signs.
Well, there is no way that I was going to go 5 days without seeing my babies. So we met downstairs in the cafeteria with cousin Julie! It is amazing what visitors do for my body and soul. I was feeling yuck right before they got here. I prayed that I wouldn't get sick while I was with them, and I am thankful that I didn't!
After our visit, I got back on the elevator to return to the "penthouse," as i heard it referred to yesterday. A man and a woman (unrelated) were on the elevator with me. The guy looked at me and said, "you keep hanging in there." I said, "I will try."
And then I burst into tears. Woo! Doesn't take much these days! He then said, "I will pray for you right now. What is your name?"
"Aaaalllyyssa" More tears.
He got off the elevator.
The lady looked at me and said, "No more crying. I have cried enough!"
I asked her where she was headed.
"Same as you."
She was going to see her 25 year old daughter who is receiving chemo right across the hall from me. Cancer is just cruel. It breaks the hearts of so many moms, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, and friends.
The lady invited me to come meet her daughter. Her poor daughter was asleep, but she woke her up and insisted that I come in. Awkward? Yes. But I could tell that it meant a lot to her. So we chatted for a few and I left. It was so nice to meet someone who understands. It encouraged my heart. It is pretty isolating up here. Most other patients are elderly and pretty sick. Not that I feel great when I am here; but I do crave human contact, ya' know? I get chatty with the nurses and probably see them from doing their job sometimes! Ha!
My encounters with the man and the woman were such great reminders that God is here and taking care of me. I am so thankful for these moments where He shows Himself.