16 Dec The Hospital Shirt…Finding Comfort
Have you ever paused to think of all the ways God sends comfort? Last week, after a strange reaction to an infusion for osteoporosis, I called the emergency number for the doctor office and was told to go the e.r. immediately. I didn’t have an allergic reaction. I had an “adverse” reaction to the infusion. No itchy throat or trouble breathing. My problems were extreme bone pain, nausea, fever, chills and muscles that kept contracting making my body feel like I had done 100 or more sit ups. Very strange feeling.
The infusion itself went well. The staff who assisted me provided information about the before, during and after components of an infusion. Being an almost 15 years breast cancer survivor and having dealt with chemotherapy and radiation all those years ago, I was a bit nervous. Stressful memories flooded my mind the moment the infusion was scheduled. I prayed and asked God to give me comfort. He answered. He always answers in one way or another. Days after making the appointment, I relaxed into my daily schedule and put the upcoming appointment in the back of my thoughts.
The day of the infusion was normal. No problems. I didn’t have the “reaction” until 1:00 a.m. That was when my body starting showing a dislike for the medicine that had entered my body.
After speaking with the medical staff on call and letting Alan know we needed to get ready and head to the emergency room, I slowly walked to the bedroom closet to find clothes so I could change from my pajamas to “day” clothes. Looking at the shirts hanging on the rack, my eyes quickly went to one shirt. Grabbing the maroon colored short-sleeved t-shirt and a pair of jeans, I dressed for the car ride to the hospital.
Alan opened the car door for me, helped me into the car and turned on the seat warmer. I closed my eyes and prayed as we rode through the dark of the night to arrive at the hospital.
On this ride to the e.r., I began thinking of the shirt I picked to wear. Something comfortable and easy to remove if a hospital gown was needed. Short sleeves would be easy for blood pressure cuff.
I started to wonder. “Why do I always pick this same shirt to wear to the emergency room or for stressful medical tests?” I have noticed a pattern in what I choose to wear for those possibly worrisome visits. I always choose the maroon shirt.
A calm came over my body and I remembered.
I prayed and asked God to give me peace and calm. I was afraid. He would be the answer to my fears. He would cover me with peace only He can provide.
Looking down at my maroon t-shirt, I smiled. God gave me comfort through an old shirt. God was reminding me that His love and peace are covering me in all situations. No matter the outcome, He covers me from head to toe. This favorite shirt of mine was one way God was covering me. No need for worry.
The hospital staff provided great care and soon we were on our way back home. I feel much better and have been busy with family and church activities.
Each time I see this old shirt hanging on the rack in my closet, I smile. One of these days, that shirt will wear out and I will find another one to wear to the hospital and doctor appointments.
I am thankful God’s love never gives out. God’s love never changes. He will provide comfort and peace in many ways, even in an old shirt.
How was God provided peace and comfort to you lately? Share with us. Your story may encourage others.
Have a blessed day,
KarenPosted at 14:27h, 16 December
So glad you’re feeling better, Mimi. So nice that your shirt brings you comfort during those stressful times. Merry Christmas!❤️😘
mimionlifePosted at 15:13h, 16 December
Thank you. I am feeling better. I love how God brings comfort in many ways. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Unmasking the MessPosted at 14:58h, 16 December
Thankful that you are feeling better!!
mimionlifePosted at 15:13h, 16 December
Thank you. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 15:10h, 16 December
Thankful to hear you are feeling much better! It’s scary when our bodies show such vulnerability, but it’s such a great lesson in how to cling to the Lord. God bless you!
mimionlifePosted at 15:14h, 16 December
Amen. Clinging to the Lord. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Kimberly Rose JohnsonPosted at 15:13h, 16 December
I love how He does those kind of things for us! I’m glad you are feeling better and they were able to help you.
mimionlifePosted at 15:14h, 16 December
God is amazing with all the special ways He shows His love for us. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
michellekaderlywelshPosted at 15:37h, 16 December
I am so glad that you are feeling better! Those adverse reactions are scary. God comforts us in such simple ways sometimes, which just goes to show how the little things really do matter! The Lord often comforts me through kind words or a hug from someone when I start to spiral into worry. Merry Christmas!
mimionlifePosted at 16:50h, 16 December
I agree. Hugs and kind words truly help. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Bettie GPosted at 15:40h, 16 December
Oh, I am so thankful that the Lord brought you such comfort and peace in that scary situation! And I’m so thankful that the Drs were able to help your body find relief! What a precious comfort and strength we find in our dear Jesus. Blessings and hugs to you dear Melissa!
mimionlifePosted at 16:51h, 16 December
God truly provides comfort and strength. Even if I can’t take that medicine again, the Lord will help the doctors find the correct medicine. Blessings and hugs to you, too, dear friend. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Jacquie A. BradfordPosted at 15:56h, 16 December
I’m amazed at the simplicity of the supernatural; a maroon t-shirt I love this! I am thankful you’re back to to the things of this wonderful life!
mimionlifePosted at 16:52h, 16 December
I love how God uses the simplest of things, including an old shirt, to provide comfort. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Jacquie A. BradfordPosted at 19:56h, 16 December
Merry Christmas! ♥
Gail JohnsonPosted at 16:06h, 16 December
Thankful you are better, Melissa! Hugs!
mimionlifePosted at 16:53h, 16 December
Thank you Gail. I feel much better. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Barb ReadyPosted at 16:37h, 16 December
Glad you are ok! Love God’s silly little blessings. Love it more when we recognize it! Merry Christmas, Melissa!!
mimionlifePosted at 16:53h, 16 December
I love how God uses anything to bring blessings, even an old shirt. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 18:41h, 16 December
Oh Melissa, I’m so relieved you’re okay. God is good! I loved reading about your special shirt. I have one too…it’s my purple Crohn’s Disease sweatshirt. I purchased through their foundation. Whenever I wear it, I feel as though God’s arms are around me. I have my infusion this Thursday. We never know how are body will react, do we? Merry Christmas!
mimionlifePosted at 20:11h, 16 December
God is so amazing. He even gives us special shirts to remind us of His protection. I am praying your infusion goes well.Thinking of you and sending love and hugs. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 22:31h, 16 December
Janet from FLPosted at 20:12h, 16 December
God always finds a way to let us know He is right there with us! I too have a comfort item that I got when I was going through chemo and radiation, a soft blue blanket. I wrap up in it when I get home after a stressful medical visit. It always relaxes me and reminds me that I will get through this too. I am supposed to get osteoporosis treatment in January. I am opting for the shot, instead of the infusion. I hope I can avoid a bad reaction like you got. What did the ER do for you to help?
mimionlifePosted at 20:22h, 16 December
Janet, I am praying all goes well with your infusion. Since it wasn’t an allergic reaction, the e.r. gave meds to give me comfort. Nausea medicine and pain medicine. Those worked. Praise the Lord! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
mimionlifePosted at 20:23h, 16 December
I meant to type your “shot”. 🙂 Praying all goes well.
bethbingamanPosted at 21:47h, 16 December
I’m a jeans and sweatshirt woman myself! Glad He gave you that assurance at a scary time.
mimionlifePosted at 23:07h, 16 December
Thank you Beth. I am thankful for His assurance. Merry Christmas! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 23:48h, 16 December
I actually love this color. It almost looks like the one you’re wearing in the picture.
I’m sorry, I didn’t know you had to go to the ER but I’m so glad you’re okay now. It must’ve been scary but your reliance on the Lord was so encouraging. Thank you for the post.
mimionlifePosted at 00:22h, 17 December
I just realized that I must really like that color. haha! Several shirts in my closet are maroon. haha! Yes, I am feeling much better dear friend. Merry Christmas! 🙂
S. A. FosterPosted at 02:15h, 17 December
Glad you are feeling better! Your story about the shirt is a sweet reminder that God is always with us and makes His presence known in a variety of ways.
mimionlifePosted at 12:39h, 17 December
Thank you. Yes, God is always with us and He shows His love in many ways. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
J.D. Wininger (@JD_Wininger)Posted at 09:49h, 17 December
One of my most treasured “comfort and grace” items (as I call them) is a bulky, large print Bible that belonged to my little brother Paul. He’s awaiting me in heaven, but after his tragic death, his Bible was the one remembrance of him I wanted most. Not because I had purchased it for him, or it was large print and easier to read than my Scofield study Bible, but because of his faith. You see, my brother Paul was legally blind and could barely read or write because of disabilities from birth and damage from epilepsy. And while Paul listened intently to messages and to the Bible on cassette tapes and later CDs I would give him, he always carried that big Bible with him. He knew the power of God’s word in his life. Today, I’ve loaned it to my dad when I returned him to live with his eldest son, with the understanding that it comes back to me when it’s time. For now, Daddy carries it to his church services every Sunday (we helped him get started back in church when he lived with Diane and I here in TX). I miss it, but Paulie and I both know it’s power is still with me; just like my buddy “Stretch” is. God’s blessings and Merry CHRISTmas dear lady. Am so glad you’re feeling better.
mimionlifePosted at 12:43h, 17 December
Thank you dear J.D. Your story brings tears to my eyes. I can picture the treasured Bible. How special for your brother Paul and now your Daddy to have the Bible. Precious. God is wonderful with all the ways He provides comfort. Merry Christmas dear friend. 🙂
YvonnePosted at 13:40h, 17 December
I am so sorry you had problems after the infusion and I hope they can find an alternative but I love your thoughts on the shirt. God provides in so many wonderful ways that we could easily miss if not careful.
mimionlifePosted at 18:18h, 17 December
Thank you Yvonne. Yes, I am thankful God provides in many wonderful ways. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Emily Saxe | To UnearthPosted at 14:02h, 17 December
I’m so glad to hear this was taken care of and you’re feeling better, Melissa! God recently showed me comfort just yesterday as I wondered about what the next months would hold depending on the results of tests of my own. The tests showed life would carry on as normal for us, so I’m thankful God reminded me that even if our lives were about to change, He would still be in control no matter what!
mimionlifePosted at 18:19h, 17 December
I am thankful your test results were good. Yes, God is with us when all is well and He is with us when life is filled with change. He is in control. Amen. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Savoring Sixty and BeyondPosted at 15:13h, 17 December
I marvel at the way you always find God in everything! So inspiring!
mimionlifePosted at 18:20h, 17 December
Thank you. There is comfort in finding God in the every day moments in life. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Savoring Sixty and BeyondPosted at 18:49h, 19 December
Elizabeth WhitleyPosted at 16:15h, 17 December
So glad that you are feeling better! I know situations like that can be scary. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that God covers us with his peace and love!
mimionlifePosted at 18:20h, 17 December
You are welcome. Yes, He covers us at all times. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Candice BrownPosted at 01:20h, 18 December
Scary; I’m glad you’re ok. I never have time fyi choose an outfit when I’m having an allergic reactions but I memorized psalm 91 to comfort me when I have to go to the hospital.
mimionlifePosted at 14:18h, 18 December
Thank you for the reminder to memorize His Word. His Word will bring comfort. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Lisa QPosted at 18:03h, 18 December
I had a special neck pillow once… It was the pillow I used birthing my babies. I placed it under my neck for added comfort, and that pillow soon became symbolic of comfort during difficult challenges. So, I relate to your maroon shirt! I do think God uses many things to reach us and communicate his presence to us. We just have to be open to seeing those things. Glad you’re feeling better! May God bless your health.
mimionlifePosted at 23:20h, 18 December
Thank you. Yes, I am feeling better. Not 100% yet but much better. I love how you had the pillow. Amazing how God uses various things to bring comfort. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Jennifer KingPosted at 18:03h, 19 December
What a sweet moment between you and the Lord. Sometimes the simplest things speak the loudest, like the comfort of familiar shirt.
mimionlifePosted at 21:20h, 19 December
Yes, sometimes the simplest things speak the loudest. You are correct. 🙂 Amazing how God uses the simplest things to give comfort to us. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Melissa McLaughlinPosted at 20:00h, 19 December
Wow. This is a beautiful story of how God has been with you through the valleys. Thank you for sharing this and how you saw God’s hand in it. This also speaks to your faith and the ways you seek His presence. I’m lifting you in prayer. May God continue to heal and strengthen you. And most of all, cover you in His peace and love.
mimionlifePosted at 21:19h, 19 December
Thank you Melissa. His love covers us in all situations. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
debwilson2Posted at 03:59h, 21 December
Melissa, I’m thankful you are doing well. I love how God used a familiar shirt to cover you in His peace. How sweet. You have a wonderful gift of being able to see Him in the ordinary. Blessings to you.
mimionlifePosted at 13:10h, 21 December
Thank you. I appreciate your kind words and your friendship. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Vickie @Vickie s Kitchen and GardenPosted at 17:45h, 22 December
I’m so sorry about your reaction Melissa. Its like you knew that shirt would be there as well as God’s presence. I hope your feeling better now and you have a Merry Christmas.
mimionlifePosted at 17:51h, 22 December
Thank you Vickie. I will see the doctor tomorrow about continuing bone pain that has occurred since the infusion. I am comforted by God’s presence. Have a Merry Christmas! 🙂
ordinarilyextraordinarymomPosted at 15:00h, 23 December
So glad God sends us exactly what we need when we are stressing to the max. Hope everything went well and your holidays are wonderful ❤️
mimionlifePosted at 14:28h, 27 December
Merry Christmas! All is well here. 🙂 Blessings to you and your family.
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 21:34h, 23 December
TI’m so glad God clothed you in His peace and comfort during that anxious time. Have a wonder Merry Christmas Melissa!
mimionlifePosted at 14:29h, 27 December
Merry Christmas! God is wonderful. He comforts us and He loves us. Have a blessed day! 🙂
My Brother's Bible - J.D. Wininger, Christian AuthorPosted at 13:17h, 01 January
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mimionlifePosted at 19:40h, 01 January
Thank you J.D. May God bless you and your family in every moment. Happy New Year!!