39.6°C the thermometer read! My Princess lay on my bed, lethargic, feverish and feeling sick. I worried, I fretted, stroked my little girl’s feverish head and wondered what I should do? I rubbed small circles on her back, taking comfort in our closeness. My hand paused mid-rotation and I prayed. My little girl had fallen sick on a weekend, after hours.
What do I do? Do I go to the Hospital (a potentially long wait before we see a Doctor)? Do I call a Doctor to the house (a potentially expensive exercise)? I did what most of do in these kind of situations. I rang my Mum, she always reassures me and advises me. Minor challenge there, my Mum was not at home, and she didn’t have her mobile switched on. I took her temperature again, still high. I prayed again. A good friend suggested I ring *13HEALTH. I had no idea what service they provided, but I was getting desperate. I dialled the number with my heart in my throat. I was put through to a Registered Nurse, a lovely lady who sounded very much like someone I could be friends with. We discussed the symptoms, she spoke to my girl, and then she put me through to a Doctor. The Doctor was great as well, she told me what to do immediately, reassured me, told me specifically what to watch for and at what point to head for a Hospital. I was filled with relief, I was so thankful for the service.
I remember facing a similar dilemma with MOPS. Okay, perhaps not the fever side of things, but the times when I worried, I fretted and wondered what I should do. The times when I sat there and prayed as I walked through something particularly tricky. I was a coordinator and sometimes I was unsure of what to do! I mean I thought I knew, but just needed that reassurance, that back up. I needed to know who to call.
The word of God is a good starting point. Note to self when I find myself in a fix…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
I love how God uses others to speak into our lives as well. In MOPS…YOU ARE NOT ALONE . YOU ARE PART OF A TEAM, YOUR STEERING TEAM.
Sometimes when there is a need for discretion, it might be appropriate to discuss the issue and pray with your Mentor or your Pastor. There are going to be times when you need to call someone else, someone who is familiar with all that MOPS entails, someone who will listen to your concerns and make an educated diagnosis. Someone who will reassure you and give you some specific advice to deal with the situation. This “someone” could be your MOPS Regional Coordinator, your MOPS Area Coordinator, your National Field Staff Leader Donna Hill or your MOPS National Director Margaret Sanders. They even offer a 24hour service via Email!
Why not take a moment to take your temperature? How are you going? Are you working through something in your MOPS Group that is a little tricky? Are you worried, fretting and wondering what you should do? Why not touch base with someone in your MOPS Field Staff? They will be able to help and support you if they know about it; in the same way that 13HEALTH wasn’t about to call me. I had to initiate contact. You don’t have to walk your MOPS Leadership journey alone! We all feel better when we know what to do 🙂
Regional Coordinator, N.T.
*Information and Links to Nation-wide 24hour health advice
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) is a 24/7 phone service for all Queenslanders. For the cost of a local call, Registered nurses provide health–related advice over the telephone. This may include symptom assessment, home treatment advice, referral to other health services, information, disease management and crisis intervention.
healthdirect Australia is a FREE* 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by Registered Nurses to provide expert health advice, 1800 022 222. Fast and simple expert advice about any health issue and what to do next. The 24-hour telephone health advice line is currently available to residents of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
NURSE-ON-CALL is a phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1300 60 60 24 for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria.