Thursday, October 27, 2016

God in a Phlebotomy Lab

Six doctor appointments over the course of two weeks!  A total of three this week, and three next week. My well-visit yesterday was with my primary doctor. I really love her. She presented all the things I should do, including a colonoscopy.

"I think I want to wait for next year for that one," I said wearily, "After all I have gone through with the cancer, the operations, the radiation, the broken rib...I am sick of doctors. No offense."
"You know, you could just do a fecal smear and not have to do the colonoscopy this year..." my wonderful doctor suggested.

Seriously????Why has no one ever mentioned this? It is a little gross, but totally noninvasive. I told her that was definitely my preference.

I hope you weren't eating while reading this. I don't mean to disgust you, but who ever shares this really important sort of advice? How many of you love colonoscopies? I rest my case.

"Ready for your blood work?" she asked.
"Yes...I fasted like I was told and I am feeling pretty faint."
"Oh! You don't need to fast before the blood work anymore! Hot off the press development."

Nice. Would have been nicer if someone had alerted me to that before fasting.

I don't think any of my other doc appointments involve pain, unless the dermatologist finds a suspicious mole. I am hoping she doesn't because I have had it up to my eyeballs with pain this year.

Anyway, I trudged to the phlebotomist who was exceptionally cheery. She probably hadn't fasted, was my guess. I am always a little fearful giving blood because once, long ago, I passed out while doing so. However, I didn't feel a thing this time! I couldn't believe it when she was pressing the bandage on me, and it was over.

"Wow! You are really good. That didn't hurt at all!" I said, incredulous and giddy with joy.
"I am so glad," she said, "I pray every morning as I drive to work that I won't hurt anyone."
"God answered your prayer."
"Yes, He is faithful."
"Yes, He is."

Who expects to find God in a phlebotomist lab? I am always so surprised where God shows up. I don't know why I am since He is everywhere. Always.

Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

1 comment:

  1. Word! I didn't fast and they said the results weren't quite accurate since was tested without fasting...after I called in asked if I should fast, since no instructions were sent...