The Long Labor

“She’s having contractions, but not very regular or effective ones,” the nurse explained to me as I received report on a patient in our fourth labor bed. “And her cervix is four centimeters dilated, which hasn’t changed overnight.” As I flipped through the patient’s chart, the handwriting and information started…

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Playlist

Every good road trip needs a playlist. That’s why Caroline suggested that each one of the six of us pick one secular and one Christian song. Once we got in the car, the song suggestions were coming so fast that Taylor’s Apple Music couldn’t download quick enough. It was only…

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Fat Baby

On April 4, 2019, a baby was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation, weighing in at a whopping 1.07 kilograms. She started out with a CPAP breathing machine, an umbilical cord vein for IV fluids and medications, and all kinds of electrodes for monitoring her heart rate, respiratory rate, and…

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Have Fun

“Take care.” “Be safe.”  “God speed.” When I moved to Africa, everyone always had a final parting word or piece of advice to share before saying goodbye. “We’ll be thinking about you and praying for you.”  “Can’t wait to hear from you.” “Good luck.”  That last one always made me…

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When You Don’t Know What’s Next

“I just don’t really know what I’m doing with my life,” she said as if that was the conclusion of the matter, and we all laughed as we took turns saying “me too” and “me three” and “me four.”  Just to be clear, we actually do know what we are…

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Door Holder

I carefully organized every hour of my day, writing down at what time each medicine needed to be given, when each lab needed to be drawn, whose IV’s needed to be restarted, and when each premie baby needed a feed. My day had become one massive to-do list.  The best…

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Measuring Dust

I’ve never worked so hard or been so exhausted in my entire life. Years from now, I’ll probably look back on this statement, roll my eyes, and tell my 27-year-old self that you don’t even know what hard work it, but for now, I can say I’ve never worked so…

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Head to Heart

I chose a purple and yellow skirt out of my closet, specifically because the person who gave it to me was coming to visit today.  We met last year, when she delivered her baby at our hospital. Her delivery was somewhat traumatic, since the baby was born with a rare…

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Living Water (Part Five)

Taylor sat across the kitchen table from me, and we held hands as we prayed for our friend, R* who had just responded to the gospel with belief in Jesus a few days earlier. She had agreed to studying the Bible with us on a weekly basis, and we were…

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Here, Have A Friend (Part Four)

I didn’t have a part four in mind when I published the previous three posts. But I can’t help but tell about how the Lord is continuing to write the story. And how it all fits into seeing something more.  Seeing something more is about finding the holy in the…

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