Props to God, ignore the nurses - page 7

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My sister recently went through a horrible systemic group A strep infection and was not expected to live. Very long story short, she defied long-shot odds and today is mostly better, except for tinnitus d/t ABTs and rheumatoid... Read More


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    I'm a lot more peaceful since I stopped trying to reconcile religious dogma - like the Pope going to honor the victims of the Holocaust when his religion teaches they are all going to burn in hell anyway.
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    No. It is the body's way of being done. Through biology we learned that a cell has a life span and can only live through X amount of trauma for X amount of time in a less than ideal situation. If the patient doesn't survive? Well, the body had gone through enough and was done. It's just how things work.
    So if anything good happens, it all the staff's work. If anything bad happens, that's just nature...
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    Depending on how religious one is, praising God can be all inclusive to the medical professionals that ministered to her. Perhaps, OP, as the patient's sister, you can introduce: God is good, and let's not forget each and every one of the nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals who worked 24/7 in the ICU--it is due to them that I have my sister-- as your social media response.

    I am glad your sister survived.
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    For those of us who have had family members who lost, hearing people credit themselves for praying hard enough that God decided to save someone is pretty painful. I guess if I just prayed harder my 13 year old son would not have died, eh?
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    Mostly I dont believe in god but when i do, I dont think he (not a concrete being )had anything to do with what happens to us. good or bad. just there watching. does any religion or faith have this belief?
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    Quote from on eagles wings

    this is so good! : )
    I absolutely love this!!!!!!!!! It's beautiful.
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    B/c if God and life have taught me anything, it is this, "It's God that gives the increase." People are part of his plan, no doubt.

    Personally, I am as sure of this as I am my name.

    "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Everything, even many things in science, require various levels of faith.

    Some come to this insight, and others do not. I am glad He is a compass that is solid and true, while human's are incredibly capricious and fallible.

    Making sense of any of it falls short apart from Him IMHO.
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    You know, this subject could easily become a hotbed, and have to be shut down from the moderators.

    As a nurse, I am also a Christian. I believe in God, and believe that He has brought me personally through some very dark places in my life. I believe that He alone is ultimately responsible whether I live, and whether I die. The bible deals with all of these issues that have been discussed, and in depth at that. But to me, while it is nice to hear a patient say "thanks", that's not what its all about. There have been many many times that I have been working with a patient and able to make a rough spot in their life just a lil easier, even if they didn't realize it at the time. That was God, guiding me as His instument.

    But, having said that, I believe that ppl are free to believe whatever they choose. If you choose to not believe in a higher power, that is your right, and i'll stop you not.
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    Quote from nursel56
    I'm a lot more peaceful since I stopped trying to reconcile religious dogma - like the Pope going to honor the victims of the Holocaust when his religion teaches they are all going to burn in hell anyway.
    That's not true. There is nothing in Catholic doctrine that teaches Holocaust victims are going to Hell.
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    Quote from TeenyTinyBabyRN
    So if anything good happens, it all the staff's work. If anything bad happens, that's just nature...
    Well, yes. If the body is trying very hard to die, medical and nursing interventions can stop it from happening. Sometimes, the body succeeds in dying, despite our best efforts and knowledge. (Of course, I'm not talking about medical errors and stuff like that.)

    If you want to praise God for the good and explain death away by saying it's God's will, that's fine by me. I just don't look at it that way. Both belief systems are perfectly acceptable to me.

    Only one post in this thread makes me roll my eyes so hard they might stick that way. It's the one where I (and people who believe as I do) are "pitied" for our beliefs. I don't want a believer's pity. Do believers want mine? I might be able to scrounge up enough pity if I actually cared to.

    ETA: Heh. I just saw that I said, "Sometimes, the body succeeds in dying..." The body will ALWAYS succeed in dying, but medicine can prevent it from happening too soon or prolong what should have already happened.

    We ALL die, eventually.


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