Mark 5:26 - She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
Your phone rings. It’s your doctor’s office. They tell you that you’re going to need to have surgery and it’s in-patient.
Though you’re nervous about having the surgery, you’re more concerned about developing a serious infection during your time at the hospital.
A friend of mine recently received one of those calls and needed to be hospitalized for the surgery. The surgery itself went well. However, while recovering she fell and was hurt badly. Then she developed a potent infection to top it off.
Am I even more nervous now about my upcoming hospital stay? Yes! And here’s why I should be nervous.
According to Scientific American in their article, “10 Ways to Stave Off Hospital Superbugs and Other Nasty Germs,” about 100,000 people die every year as a result of a hospital bug. However, hospitalinfection.org in their article, "15 Steps for Protecting Patients," provides us with ways we can do reduce our risks, such as asking hospital staff and visitors to wash their hands before they enter your room.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. The woman in the Bible had spent all she had on doctors, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. It feels like a page out of our own lives even two thousand years later. Take care and follow the steps above if you should need to be in the hospital. We can also take one more step – prayer. I pray before I see a doctor in their office or at the hospital. It gives me a sense of peace and perhaps will help the medical staff treating me to be more careful when it comes to infections.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.