By Timothy Koh, Singapore
I was discharged on 28 May 2013. During my one-week stay in hospital, I experienced many different emotions and gained some insights about life.
Going back to the accident scene, as I scrambled out of the car and lay in pain while awaiting the ambulance, I remembered crying out to God to save me. I was afraid, and at that moment, many regrets ran through my mind. I didn’t want to leave this world yet!
I suffered internal bleeding and parts of the large intestines were dislodged. But such injuries were mild considering the impact on and damage to the car. The head trauma surgeon remarked that he had never seen any car accident patient with no broken bones, and I was the first. How do I explain this? It has to be God in action, and I’m so thankful for His protection over my life.
Over the next few days in the ICU and then in the general ward, many relatives and friends came to visit. I’m so thankful for each and every single one of them. Each visitation brought cheer to my spirit, and there was always much laughter, although I was tormented by some of them eating in front of me when I couldn’t eat at all! I would like to thank especially my dad, mum, brother and Jane, whom in their different ways took care of my needs and always made me feel safe.
Insight number 1: Always cherish those whom God has placed in our lives. Don’t leave anything unsaid or undone for them. Do it while you can!
I would also like to thank all the healthcare personnel: the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and ward assistants who were all so helpful and conscientious in taking care of me. I feel that nurses deserve a lot more credit and respect than they are currently getting. As a patient who was bedridden, I depended on their help in doing things as simple as drinking water or going to the toilet. And they were always so prompt and happy to assist me. They were like angels to me in my low points during the hospital stay.
Insight number 2: As a student studying to be a healthcare worker, I believe that my experience as a patient will help me find greater meaning at work in the future, and also enable me to better empathize with patients and how they are feeling. I want to be able to be a blessing to other patients in the future.
Insight number 3: God is the Healer! This truth resonates strongly within me when I sing the song Healer. I can’t help but cry and be amazed at how He protected me!
I want to be serious with God, and I want to make this life count. Cherish and enjoy life, and give thanks daily for all the good and seemingly bad things that happen in life! Life is definitely worth living!