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Purple Folder

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I thought I had covered all my bases.  I seemed to be the one making all the phone calls, confirming I had all the right information  So, as I walked into the hospital for my pre-op requirements, I was confident I was in the correct location.  The receptionist, however, was beginning to slightly panic.  She kept repeating to me, "But you don't have a purple folder.  We need a purple folder.  All of our patients have a purple folder.  You should have a purple folder." 

On the inside I was screaming back to her, "Please don't say the phrase PURPLE FOLDER one more time!"

We all took a minute to regroup and without much difficulty figured out where I needed to go.  As I began this second leg of my pre-op journey, the tears were fighting to be released.  I was wishing I had brought a friend with me, someone to help shoulder the emotional weight of it all.

There were 3 different tests to complete for my pre-op.  With two down and one to go, I was headed for the dreaded blood test.  I don't do well with blood draws at all.  It is pretty much guaranteed it will take four attempts and a spinning room to get through it.  I rounded the corner, looked up and saw a wonderful friend of mine.  This friend is someone who I don't necessarily speak to every week, but just seems to be there at all the right times in life.  I would say she is a "life-encourager" to me.

In the next few minutes I was able to bring her up-to-date on all that I was facing.  She expressed how much she cared and that she would be praying.  It's those quick moments of encouragement that can make all the difference – the "I've got your back" (in prayer) kind of moments.  

God has this way of showing up, many times in the form of His church body- just to let us know He's watching, He's there and not a detail is escaping His notice.

And, as far as the blood work went, one try- no pain- and no spinning room.  Now in my book… that's a miracle!!

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10 thoughts on “Purple Folder”

  1. Thanks, Rhonda! Thanks, too, for what you shared at Bible Study this week from last summer. It meant the world and it was so incredible to reflect on what God has done!

  2. I'm so, so happy that you are sharing your story. I agree with Rhonda…it is so wonderful to relive it with you….because of the sigh of relief at the end of it all!! Great post, Lori!!

  3. Lori.. you've got me hooked.. I had no idea..this is such a page turner..your style of writing is very engrossing and puts the reader right there in the moment.please continue…p.s. cracks me up about the obsessive purple folder..she prolly dreams about those.

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