We were contacted mid morning on Tuesday about 50 year old Ellen who needed to be transported from The Cleveland Clinic back near her home in Philly…. Tomorrow. Having worked with the Clinic on several occasions they have a good understanding of what we need for transports. I explained that if I could get all forms and paperwork by 2 pm today, weather permitting, I was confident we could accommodate the wishes of this family.
(I always like these kind of challenges.) And so per my request Katie sent everything necessary. So today with the skies of Indy overcast with clouds, off we go once again to Cleveland. Once above the clouds we enjoyed some sunshine.
We arrive much to our surprise to sunny blue skies in Cleveland (usually a little dreary when we are there) and a terrific ground crew to transport us. We enjoyed our conversation with Caleb and Shonda and they were very helpful to us once we were at Ellen’s room.
As we enter, she is sitting up in a chair with both of her parents at her bedside. She is having some abdominal pain and nausea so we tell her we are in no rush, allowing her to lead the way. She wants to use her walker to get to our cot and her nursing assistant gently helps her get up and walks along side of her. She is still very independant.
We make her as comfortable as possible and her parents accompany us to the ambulance. Her mom will be flying with us and her father will be driving home to Philly. Our flight was fairly short. Ellen lives and works in New York City for a publishing company. She has 1 brother and 3 nieces and nephews.
Her father is a retired pharmacists. Ellen has endured 4 liver transplants over the last 25 years and was told she is no longer a candidate for another. Her health is declining. She is now going to a rehab facility where her mom sits on the board. It sounded like a very nice place, 5 star her mom said.
She did well during her flight and both she and her mom were thankful to finally be back close to home.
We pray that God will bless this family’s time together.
I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL,
BECAUSE IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR THE SALVATION OF EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES: FIRST FOR THE JEW THEN FOR THE GENTILE.
Upon landing in Philly, Zac announced, ” As if this day wasn’t already great enough, I just found out my wife, Carol is pregnant!”
What great news !!! If you would also lift he and his wife up as well, as she carries this little one, for safe delivery and a healthy baby I know they would greatly appreciate it. What a wonderful way to end our day !!!! We flew back to into Indy once again in the rain, but even that could not bring Zac down.
Thank you to Hal and Zac for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN