I recently was unexpectedly hospitalized for five days, and while I definitely didn’t want to be there, I encountered some kind and caring people. They ranged from doctors and nurses to the aides, and cafeteria workers who delivered my meals. Surprisingly, I found the variety of food good and enjoyed it all.
I received spiritual comfort from Chaplin Dan. He also gave me a beautiful, soft, yellow prayer shawl knit by the women of the Lutheran Church in Hartford. I also received consoling words and confession from the priest at the hospital.
I am grateful to Christopher and his pleasant talk when he brought me to my room, and then to the car on discharge.
As I sat in the recliner chair most of the day, I missed my home and the simple tasks I did each day.
While I was away, my son and son-in-law checked on my house. They said the birds and squirrels were noisy—wondering where I was! When I got home, the birds came to greet me at the back door—as if to welcome me. I was very glad to be back in my own home in Granby and to go about my humble routine.
—Bernadette R. Gentry