Last week was Nurse Appreciation Week and it really got me thinking about all of the nurses I am in one on one contact with regularly.
As you all know Gabby had a five day hospital stay a couple of weeks back where they conducted a MRI and video EEG throughout her stay. I must admit that stay was one of our roughest. Gabby was just down right miserable majority of the time and several different hospital shifts assigned us with nurses that left me wondering why they became a nurse for children in the first place. Then of course there were the amazing ones. The ones who came across several halls just to say hello after recognizing Gabby’s name on the intake forms even though they hadn’t been her nurse in two years. The ones who go home at the end of their shift feeling blessed inside to be able to share in a child’s life to make a difference. The ones who feel lucky to have their career and do it for more than just an income.
Having patience and the heart to be a medical provider for anyone, especially children is not something that I take lightly. I love children and although I say I could work in a setting full time with them, I would never admit to being able to handle caring for kids that are seeking medical attention for whatever reason. The heavy heart the medical staff must carry for those children by watching them suffer, fight illness and some even losing their battle for life must be hard. Could you imagine? I admire the strength they must have.
Gabby has been very blessed throughout her 8 years by receiving some of the most amazing medical care by some of the best in their profession. To all the Nurses and Medical Staff out there, thank you for all you do and we hope you had a wonderful Nurses Appreciation Week!