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A Healing Touch
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“He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy” (Isaiah 40:29).  

As a health care worker, I hadn't pictured myself on the other side of health care. But, there I was. The nurse's made efforts to be cheerful and positive in their interactions with me but often their somber faces matched my worry. I knew how rushed they were without their having to tell me; I avoided asking for anything extra.  

Despite of intense medical efforts, for the better part of a week, improvement seemed elusive. The numbers were not heading in the right direction fast enough. Physically I felt awful although it seemed no one was addressing that. My hope was rapidly fading; fear and anxiety filled me. No one spoke to that. A deep sense of loneliness rolled in over me like a fog. I was overwhelmed. 

Stared into Space      

Partly because I felt less vulnerable in that position than when lying down, I sat up, cross-legged in the bed and propping my elbows on my knees, rested my chin on the palms of my hands as I stared into space.  

The shy young woman from the housekeeping department quietly went about her work cleaning the room. But she was doing much more than that.

“Do you want to talk about anything?” she inquired with remarkable tenderness, cleaning cloth in hand. Still staring off, I shook my head. I had no words. Putting the cloth down and taking off her gloves, she stepped over to the bedside, gently put her arm around my shoulders and drew me close. Intuitively, she sensed that I could not make even the simplest response.  

“I won't say nothing,” she said softly. “I'll just listen.” And listen she did – to my silence, to my falling tears. She uttered no words. Her touch was profoundly healing.     

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