Thank you Banner Acute Rehabilitation Hospital West.

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

Recently I had the unfortunate circumstance to suffer a stroke. I spent a week in Thunder Banner medical center before transferring to Banner Acute Rehabilitation Hospital West. My suggestion to everyone to eat healthy and exercise I did and I still suffered a stroke although it probably didn’t help I was already a Type 2 diabetic.

There are a few physical and occupational therapist that will be well remembered. Take for instance Jenna, the occupational therapist, who worked my arms and upper body to death. Then there is Deby a physical therapist that always said she was “going to crack the whip on me”. So I went around telling everyone that she was the nice one. Then there was “Crystal” during my first week at Banner Acute Rehabilitation Hospital West Crystal comes into my room for my next session of P.T. half way through my exercises, while still in my bed,  she rolled me over whereby I immediately grabbed a large basin and started throwing up. She quickly went out of my room and asked for my nurse who quickly came into my room and asked if I wanted medicine for the nausea. In between my heaving and ralphing I nodded my head yes. Just fyi ralphing is a 70’s term for throwing up. Then my nurse returns a few minutes later and tells me that I can’t have my anti-ralphing medicine for another 4 hours…what a tease.

The next day right after breakfast Crystal comes back into my room and takes me into the gym for my daily therapy. I was going to ride the stationary bicycle but the seat wouldn’t move and as Crystal tried to adjust it I stood up as she requested as she moved to the stationary bicycle next to the stationary bicycle I was standing at the seat fell down with a loud crash. So she had me move to another area apparently both machines were broken at this point. As I started my exercise I looked at Crystal and said “First you make me throw up then you bring me into the gym and try to kill me with broken equipment.  Is it always this exciting with you? We laughed. The following week I had group therapy with Crystal and some other patients. In the middle of our exercises a wave of nausea hit me fortunately Crystal looked at me and asked if I was alright. When I weakly replied “bucket” Crystal quickly grabbed a trash can just in time for me to throw up in. From that point on I mentally dubbed Crystal as my “what’s going to happen next” therapist.

I am grateful for a great many things since I had this stroke. I am grateful to God that I am alive to live another day. I am grateful to the many nurses and therapists that have helped me get better. I am grateful to God for His healing hands upon my body. Tis the season to be grateful.

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)