1 TIMOTHY 5:4
BUT IF A WIDOW HAS CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN,
THESE SHOULD LEARN FIRST OF ALL TO PUT THEIR RELIGION INTO PRACTICE BY CARING FOR THEIR OWN FAMILY AND SO REPAYING THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, FOR THIS IS PLEASING TO GOD.
We arrive at 87 year old Jean’s hospital room to find her 2 daughters Lucinda and Susan and her granddaughter at her bedside. Just a few days ago these 4 girls decided to get away for awhile at the request of Jean. “Mama just wanted to go somewhere,” is how Lucinda put it in her so sweet southern accent and so, they ended up in Myrtle Beach.
With their vacation only just beginning, Jean took a fall at their hotel on the first day. She was transported to the hospital immediately and diagnosed with a fractured hip and arm. In need of surgery, she was taken to the operating room to repair the hip fracture it was during that time that she coded during her surgery. The doctors were able to revive her and finish the repair.
Now, so far from home the girls just want to get her back to Tennessee. They know that to make this trip by ground would be too long and painful on her and so they requested our help. Jean is a tiny framed little lady with a sweet spirit and a sweet smile. She also suffers from some dementia and is hard of hearing but she is simply adorable. As we explain why we are there and gently lift her over onto our cot she has no complaints.
We wrap her up to keep her nice and warm. Lucinda and Susan will be leaving at the same time however they will be driving back. Back in Tennessee they take turns caring for their mama along with their sisterinlaw
Cathy whom will be waiting for her when she arrives back home. You can see the love they have for her as they gently kiss her goodbye and promise to see her soon. I sent a text to Lucinda as we boarded Nellie in effort to let them know we would soon be airborne. Jean rested comfortably during her flight and when she awoke we were just landing. As she opened her eyes she softly asked where we were and why. We quickly explained and assured her that she would soon see Cathy. She just nodded and said, “OK.”
We land in Sparta and our drive to the facility in Smithville is about 30 minutes. Smithville is located just over an hour southeast of Nashville. During our drive the views are breathtaking the tranquil rolling hills, mountains and lakes. Tennessee is such a beautiful state and this particular part is spectacular.
We have finally arrived at our destination and as promised Cathy is waiting for Jean. Once we placed her into bed she immediately walked over to kiss her forehead. After we prayed I snapped a picture of the two of them to send to Lucinda and Susan so they would have peace in knowing their mama was safely home.
Our drive back seemed to go so quickly as our ambulance crew shared with us so much history about the area. Both grew up here and were so knowledgeable, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them. It was evident how much they loved it here and why they had chosen to stay. Thank you to Hal and Danny for sharing this mission with me.