Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Day 319: Wrote A Get Well Soon Message
When I was a kid, I messed up my knee playing football and had to spend 36 hours at the hospital (I was a klutzy, injury prone kid. My mom tells the story best, but she arrived a little late to the game, saw an ambulance on the field and jokingly said "I bet it's Ryan." It was). My memories of my stay are pretty foggy, but there are a few things that I remember distinctly. I remember how I was on a steady diet of Jell-O and how I can't eat the stuff to this day (this does not include the occasional tailgate Jell-O shot). I remember how hard it was to go to the bathroom when you had to wheel around the IV stand wherever you went. I also remember how great it felt to receive "Get Well Soon" wishes from friends and family. My mom was there with me the whole time, but on the occasions where she went to go eat, talk to nurses, etc. I realized just how lonely of a place hospital rooms can be. That is why when I received those calls, it was really uplifting.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my "sista from another mista," Angela, and how she helped me in planning a surprise visit to see my sister, Tiffany, in Florida. Well yesterday, Angela's father, Mike, had to undergo surgery to replace his knee, and is set to spend the next 3 days in the hospital for recovery. When I heard "hospital" and "knee," I instantly started to think about my injury and remembered how great it felt to hear from people. So today, for my random act of kindness, I wrote a Get Well Soon message to Mike using the hospitals Email-A-Patient feature. I didn't know that hospitals had this, but it is an awesome tool to take advantage of should you know anybody who is laid up eating Jell-O and Salisbury Steak while recovering from something.