Confession time. I actually like hospitals.
I enjoy the hustle and bustle, the muffled sounds of rubber soled shoes, the various televisions and conversations going on around. The smells even. I know! I'm weird. I accept it. But there must be others who feel as I do because the hospital is crammed full of caring and compassionate workers who choose to show up every day and spend up to 12 hours at a time here.
Since receiving the news of Chadd's accident on Thursday we have spent most of our waking moments here. We have come and gone from the same waiting room in the Trauma Neuro Unit for days. We see the same families who come to sit with their loved ones. Occasionally there is a new face. But there is a familiarity and a comfort in seeing these same faces even as we are not discussing "our" patients with each other.
Now as I sit here there is construction work nearby. Someone is drilling. So much for the quiet waiting room experience. But it doesn't bother me when I think of all that it takes to keep a massive building like this going.
Yesterday as we sat and waited Chelsea put together a GoFundMe page for Chadd. She titled it Blessings for Chadd. Sadly, Chadd had just changed jobs with the goal in mind of bringing in more income so they could afford to be married. He was relieved to hear that his new job is still in place when he is able to go back. In fact he was so relieved that I was afraid he was going to hurt himself in his hyperventilating. But what the job change means is that he was in between insurance coverage. His new coverage was expected to kick in after 90 days of starting his new job. I'm going to give you the link to the page but hope that you won't feel any obligation. It would be great if it could be shared though. It is Chelsea's second greatest concern, after Chadd's health, that they would still be able to get married in May. If he has mega bills that would definitely have a negative impact on those plans. We have faith that we are still in the palm of His loving, caring and all knowing hands.