I went to the emergency room this morning at 7am.
I was in severe pain. Could not walk, eat, drink, and could barely talk on the phone to my friends and family. I even learned what hyperventilating was like.
But most importantly, I was reminded of the best in people, online and off. That alone made it a good day.
I Will Likely Marry a Nurse
My first Tweet from the hospital was inspired by the nurses whose care I was in. “I hate hospitals but nurses are some of my favorite people…”
I am always amazed at the kindness they shower upon patients. I rarely have been in the care of a nurse who did not improve my mood. Their gifts of listening and empathy never fail to impress. And all while working long, long hour surrounded by death and disease.
And, of course, my nurses were very curious when I tried to plug in my iPhone charger while they plugged an IV into my arm. I even taught them a little about Twitter.
The Currency of Connections
Many would view a hospital visit as too personal of a moment to share with the world, must less tweet about.
So why share such a personal moment?
Relationships are about investing in each other. Sharing personal experiences is a piece of that investment. I learned a long time ago that vulnerability can be an asset. When we allow others to see our weaknesses, we form more rewarding relationships.
Privacy is important online. All of us draw personal boundaries with what we choose to share with our online communities. But there is also a high value in deepening the relationships with genuine glimpses of life.
That Which Makes Me Stronger
So the day ends with me and my new friend, a kidney stone, working out our separation from one another. Painful? Yes. But not life threatening.
And I gained more than just my new friend Mr. Stone today. I was reminded of the best in people, online and off. I am always thankful for that.