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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

This post was to appear Saturday, but due to several different circumstances, including a power outage, it is a couple of days late.

Today, I want to tell you about some acts of kindness that brightened my week-end.

We found out last week that my husband would require yet another surgery on his leg. We needed to be at the hospital by 8:00 Friday morning, which meant we would need to leave the house by 5:30. As is typical of us, we were running a tad bit late.

No sooner had we left town than a local patrolman pulled me over for speeding through town. That is never a pleasant experience, but this officer treated me with respect, concern, and understanding, and sent us on our way with just a warning.

Saturday morning, I stopped by the coffee shop at Memorial Hospital for my usual order. I was engaged in light conversation with the lady ahead of me in line. She pulled out a Starbucks card, one of those cards that give credit toward a twelfth free coffee. I commented that I should have obtained one of them since I had been at the hospital with my husband for eight weeks while he had Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments. When I went to hand over my money for my purchase, I realized the amount on the cash register was different than I had anticipated. I apologized and when I started to reach for more change, was told that that wasn’t my total. The lady in front of me had paid for my order.

I didn’t even know her. When I looked around for her to thank her, she was gone.

My husband was discharged Saturday afternoon. His surgeon had told me on Friday that he would be off for the week-end and that his associate would be writing the discharge orders. However, on the way home, he called us on my cell phone to be sure everything had gone well, that we had the prescriptions we needed, that home care health had been set up, and a number of other concerns were discussed.

That evening, after a very long day, we were relaxing and watching some TV when the power went out. It wasn’t until then that it occurred to me we had not put my husband’s wound vac on the charger. The battery was low and the whole town was out of power for an indefinite period of time.

I called a friend who lives out of town, thinking they might have power, but their electricity was also off. However, she and her husband came in to town on a windy night in the midst of a dust storm with their gas generator to charge the wound vac.

In my opinion, that’s four acts of kindness within a matter of hours. You can say the police officer and the surgeon were just doing their job. You can say our friends were doing what friends do. I don’t have an explanation for the lady who paid for my breakfast.

I view all of these as above and beyond the expected. The compassion, concern, caring, and most of all, kindness of these people illuminated our lives during those two days when my husband and I faced yet another medical issue.

I’d love to have you share a time when you experienced an unexpected act of kindness.       


Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 6/17/2014 2:58:06 PM

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Cindi. The prayers mean a lot as well! Hubby will need more surgery down the road, but we're hoping he gets a break from going ""under the knife"" again for a few months.

Cindi Altman From Pennsylvania At 6/17/2014 12:02:29 PM

Thanks for sharing these acts of kindness. Reading them choked me up a little. It's nice to be reminded that there are still many kind people in our hectic world. My prayers for you and your hubby and that he doesn't need any more surgeries.

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