11 Feb Do You Believe in Miracles?
Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Besides being an aspiring fiction author, I’m a doctor, an anesthesiologist to be specific. I put the young and old to sleep for their surgeries, and wake them up again when it’s all over. My favorite part of each day, besides that first cup of coffee in the morning, is pulling up a chair in each patient’s pre-op room and taking the time to listen to their story. I’m buoyed by their struggle and bravery, sometimes against overwhelming odds. With reverence and sincerity, I accept their trust to do what they cannot do for themselves; get them safely over the hurdle of surgery to the recovery room.
The miracle of watching a talking patient fall into unconsciousness fifteen seconds after propofol is injected into their blood stream, is something I’ll never tire of. It is truly an amazing medicine and experience. The smartest scientists in the world still don’t know how propofol works, but it works every time.
Or after I place a labor epidural in the back of a laboring woman experiencing the worst pain of her life, unimaginable and relentless, and minutes later watch a hopeful smile spread across her face as the pain subsides, don’t tell me that’s not a miracle. Sure, there might be a scientific way to explain it, but it’s miracle, just ask the woman.
I feel the same about writing Pressure Point. Many people ask how I find time to write when I’m working full time at the hospital. I usually get up at five for a normal work day. When I’m in writing months, the thoughts and characters and fictional chaos in my head roust me at three. It takes the first cup of coffee and hour of time to get myself transported back to where I left off in the story the previous day. When I finally arrive, it’s like I’m watching my characters act out a movie and I’m merely documenting what unexpected things they say and do.
Now, I like seven to eight hours of sleep like everyone else, but when I’m writing, something comes over me. Sometimes when I’ve gone back and reread my work, I don’t even remember writing it. I, probably like a lot of authors, pray to God to give me the words; to use what I’m creating to give people hope. It’s not that I’m writing down a message from God. I’m writing military fiction. My characters use profanity, although never the Lord’s name in vain. But I do feel Pressure Point is God-inspired, because I know it would not exist if it were not for him.
Bottom line, I believe in miracles. I see them every day. Richard Blomberg, MD