Today, I am at the hospital riding out Hurricane Harvey while Houston gets inundated by water. There are many things to be grateful for in the face of this devastating hurricane:
- Elana, Elana, Elana. Her ability to watch Ryan while I am required to serve at Texas Children’s is humbling in the least. She is covering me as she usually does and covering more than her fair share and loving on Ryan as a great mother while I work. It’s not lost on me and while I am here I feel awful about not supporting her at home during this weather, but fundamentally I am grateful for her. I love her!
- Praying with staff who are desperate for news of safety for their family and their homes. During these prayers and times of gathering around the units, I find that there are people who are handling so much trauma, so much uncertainty, so much crisis during this time and yet emerging resilient. Their strength and their love reflected in tears is beautiful inasmuch as the grief is heartbreaking.
- Assisting physicians do free writing as a way to manage their own stress and overwhelming emotions. Today, I got to watch a physician lead his own fellow physicians into places of vulnerability, and it was a privilege to be there for support and encouragement and listening.
- The pictures of Ryan that Elana sends that sustain me with smiles and comfort.
- All the people and friends who have contacted me and sought out to send their prayers and thoughts my way.