Nurses and Doctors. Stitches and Glue. Laminin and Jesus. They all hold it together to impact my life.
When declaring a major during my sophomore year of college, I knew it would NOT be in the medical field. Then, as a senior, I had a roommate who was a nursing major and her textbooks alone confirmed my decision, especially the chapters about skin diseases. Eww.
This past Tuesday, as the preop. nurses prepared me for surgery to repair 2 tears causing an epigastric hernia, I thanked them for choosing their profession saying, 'I couldn't do what you do'. One asked about my job (working in the Business Services Dept. for high schools) and stated with a smile, 'Well, I couldn't do what you do.' Perspective received! The Dr. assessed where he would make the incision for the repair, like it was no big deal. 'Oh, I will have that done in 30-40 minutes.' Business as usual I guess! Another older, friendly postop. nurse attended to me as I came off anesthesia with ice and encouragement on how to get dressed and into a wheelchair, but I was too loopy to express my gratitude effectively to her like I did to the others. I remember feeling so appreciative as I left though, because this communication major would have said something to an incoming and departing patient like, 'You're on your own, chica! Good luck with that.'
Anyway, spending days off work, lying on the couch on and off pain meds, while waiting for the internal stitches to dissolve (ouch) and the super-glued wound to heal across my belly button (will spare you the visual), I found myself reflecting on a message I heard recently about Laminin.
Lam-a-what you say? I did too when I first heard that term. The medical definition is beyond lengthy and uses vocabulary I didn't know existed (Google it and you will be as confused as I was, unless of course, you speak this unique language). What I've gathered as a general definition in layman's terms, however, is quite interesting. It is basically a cell adhesion molecule or an extracellular protein that holds the membranes of our bodies together and keeps the cells in place. It is 'vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues.' (The sentence I could actually understand amidst 20 paragraphs of medical terminology on Wikipedia.)
The structure often resembles the shape of a cross. Coincidence? I think not.
Back to the common function of nurses, doctors, stitches, glue and laminin ... they are constantly holding something or someone together. Okay ... so what does that have to do with Jesus?
'He is before all things and in Him, all things hold together.' -Colossians 1:17
I know this to be true, especially during the difficult times when life appears to be falling apart!
THANKFUL for medical professionals, who hold it together on the job to assist others.
THANKFUL for stitches, glue and laminin, that hold us together to aid in healing and stability.
THANKFUL for Jesus, in whom I place my hope and trust, for holding all things together, now and for eternity.