Lessons Learned As A Patient By Paul Collins

June 7th I entered the ER (emergency room) at our nearest hospital.  I came home on the 9th.  I had symptoms resembling a heart attack.  It was not a heart attack.  Due to extreme shortness of breath, I was barely able to make the short trip home.  I returned to the ER on the 13th and they discovered a large blood clot in my left lung.  I was released on the 15th.

This adventure was debilitating.  I am still in the process of recovering.

So, what did I learn?  First, if you want to experience all kinds of unpleasant physical tests, the hospital can oblige.  If you want to find the cause of a physical problem, the hospital can oblige.  If you want to TRY to sleep in an uncomfortable bed, go to the hospital.  You will be able to test the limitations of normal bodily functions, ways to “rest” without adequate sleep, and discover the necessity of being very cooperative with the nursing staff.

All in all, in spite of my negativity concerning the ER and the hospital, one thing was very positive: I was able to re-affirm the absolute power of prayer in touching the perfect heart of God who has unlimited authority.  I am trusting God for the completion of my healing.  He has work that I will be privileged to perform for His Son, Jesus the Christ. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will discover that work.

Stay blessed,

Dr. Paul Collins