Today, I HAVE to continue my blog on coincidences. In February, I wrote one of my blogs about finding pennies, https://aprojectforkindness.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/find-a-penny-pick-it-up/
In that blog, I had written that I had been told, that because it reads, “In God we trust,” that when we find one, we should count our blessings from God, and that we should trust that God has placed it in our way for a reason, therefore thanking him for our blessings at that moment! I have been finding lots of pennies since my mom died, (but I always find them – I think I am just noticing them more). Several people have told me that finding pennies are signs from our loved ones. All superstitions, I know, but today my strange coincidences continued.
Many of you know that I have been suffering from headaches for about five months now. After several doctors, an MRI, different medications and visits to a chiropractor, I finally saw a neurologist today. To get to her office, I had to pass the cemetery where my mom and Francine are buried. As I drove by, I decided that I would stop there on my way home to “visit” with them, so I said out loud as I passed by, “See you later mom”. I got to the doctor’s office and sat down in a chair to wait to be called on. The receptionist called my name and I went up to do the usual paperwork for a first time patient. I went back to my seat, and lying there right in the middle of the chair, was a penny. I smiled, thought of mom, gave it a little rub and put it into my pocket.
I went in to the doctors office, and as she entered the room, I knew that I had met her somewhere before – I just could not place where. I even said to her, “I think I know you from somewhere”, but neither of us could place where, and I don’t think she recognized me…yet. My check up was going on routinely and we began talking about family history. I had already told her about my mom and Francine passing away, (not the details), but just because I wanted her to know that these were not stress headaches due to them dying. They started months before that. I mentioned my mother’s heart history and suddenly she asked me what my mom’s name was. I told her and she asked if she had been a patient at St. Barnabas a few years ago on “2300”, (that was a floor on the hospital she had been on that time). I said yes, and we realized that must of been why I recognized her. We continued going over family history when all of a sudden, it hit me!! This doctor was the woman who was dealing with Francine’s brain injury just a few weeks ago. She and I had been talking several times during that day about the severity of her brain injury. We both realized now that we did indeed “know” each other. She realized who I was and she asked about our family and how we were all doing. She was concerned for my brother, and expressed her sympathy. I told her about our close knit family and how we were all there for each other and she said she could tell that from the way we all were at the hospital.
I did not leave with any new answers for my headaches, but I will have another MRI, this time of my cervical spine, and a new medication to try. I am hopeful, and I feeling quite positive after this visit. Was it the penny? Did it just give me that feeling that I needed to walk out of there with a positive attitude? I don’t know, but I do know that the penny wasn’t from my mom this time, but from Francine. As I walked out of the office building, I actually burst into tears. So many emotions were filling me.
Oh!!! And did I did not even mention, that as I walked into the building, there was a lot of construction going on. A new cement sidewalk had just been laid and in the base of it someone had carved into it, “DREW”. The name of my son, who has had numerous visits to different neurologists over the last year due to his concussions – another coincidence?!?!?! Perhaps, but for me I am taking it as another positive sign, knowing that we are going to get to the bottom of this and have an answer and some relief soon!
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