Angels Walk These Halls

Today was, as are most Wednesdays, my day to volunteer at my transplant center. It was a more hectic day than most and at one point I was asked to speak to a patient that had been informed only a few minutes earlier, that they were in need of a new heart, soon.

On days I volunteer, I never have an agenda or a specific schedule. I walk in, and see who I am able to see and I stay out-of-the-way of Doctor’s, nurses and the staff. It will leave me with some alone time, some gaps in time.

I had a gap in (busy) time today, and in addition, I had a reflective hour and a half (snow, slow traffic) drive to my transplant center.

Add all of that together, include a cup of coffee with cream and stir vigorously and all of the sudden you see angels.

You might ask, “What kind of angels were you seeing?”

Well, I will always maintain there are at least 3 different types of angels in every hospital. There are the nurses …. the proverbial “angels of mercy”, that are the living, breathing, very human people who are truly under-rated and under-appreciated that take darn good care of us. Then there is the angel that we all want to avoid ….. the “Angel of Death”. We all know that he lurks there, it’s easy “pickens” for him in virtually any hospital. And, even though he can be quite active and quite successful in a hospital like my transplant center, that treats over 45,000 patients a year, he also has his detractors, his mortal enemy …… OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS!!

As a person that went through a heart attack, triple by-pass, evaluation for transplant, coded over a hundred in two weeks, received a new heart, was out of ICU and sent home from the nursing floor , ALL in a grand total of 28 days, I KNOW that God had my Guardian Angel at my bedside at all times. I was VERY blessed!!! I know it and I am, and always will be eternally grateful. I am here for some reason, on some path, hopefully being guided by my angel.

As I walked the hallways today, I realized the Guardian Angels were everywhere in the hospital. They were watching over their patients, defending against the Angel of Death and usually winning the battle.

There are a couple of old sayings …… 1) There are no atheists in foxholes. And, 2) As long as there are tests, there will always be prayer in schools.

I might add my own to that short list …….. In hospitals, prayer will bring the angels, your faith will make them your guardians.

I could see the angels …….. they are there.

Can you see them?

Seeing the Angels!

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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5 Responses to Angels Walk These Halls

  1. Johnny says:

    Great post HeartBeat.

    And, oh yeah – I can see them and have seen them in the past. I’ve also looked the Death Angel in the face numerous times. However, I, just as you, have been blessed the each time I’ve run into the D.A., my Guardian Angels have been close by and have won the battle every time.

    God and the Guardian Angels are good all the time.

  2. Scott says:

    Ditto, this is an excellent post, great to see you’re a heart recipient. I manage campaign outreach for Donate Life Illinois and wanted to give you a heads up on a fun organ donation campaign we just launched in conjunction with Donate Life America. It’s called Mascots On A Mission ( and is intended to build some excitement around April being National Donate Life Month.

    Hope all is well,

  3. my2ndheartbeat says:

    Thanks Johnny!!

    Scott, I have your blog (I am. Are you?) on my Google Reader. Been a reader for quite a while. Thanks for the comment and the heads up on the Mascot campaign ….. I’m still trying to chase down the “Green Chair” (Donate Life Ohio) in Ohio, so I can sit a bit and tell my story.

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