Thank You, Nurses, for all you do.
Thank You to all the nurses who work so hard and often never know the impact they have on our lives. I started thinking of the many nurses that have helped me. I am sorry I do not remember their names.
At 4 years old, I had my tonsils removed and sties burned off of my eyelids. I remember how the nurse's voice comforted me.
When my daughter Alicia was born, my husband sweetly surprised me by hiring a full time nurse for 4 days when I got home from the hospital. She taught me so many things as we would talk. She told me to put wet socks on a baby when they have a fever. Then you rewet the socks as they dry out. We have used this trick in our family ever since.
When my father was dying of lung cancer in it was a 12 hour drive from my home. I was lucky enough to find a retired nurse that would go visit him each day for 3 years. Without her he never would have been able to stay at home. I also would not have been able to spend time at home with my daughters.
Then there is Nurse Jennifer. My mother was in the hospital for many weeks before she died. She became obsessively reclusive, so I had no clue what condition she was in. Thankfully, Jennifer knew she was my mother. The day after Thanksgiving I checked my phone messages to find a message from Jennifer telling me my Mom had died. Can you imagine having to make that call? I will be forever grateful to her.
When I had my open heart surgery at Mayo Clinic, the nurses were so helpful and respectful of my family's desire to help me. Which leads me to my next Thank You.
I owe my family gratitude for the help they gave me after my heart surgery. It is critical that you have an advocate that knows what to do in case of any medical procedure that maintains a consistency of information that can be utilized. I am so grateful that my family devised a system regarding hospital stays to advocate for the patient's highest need. Family members take turns creating a hospital record, writing everything down and asking questions that track all procedures, medications, dietary needs and patient instructions.
My family listened to the doctors and nurses and kept track of my progress throughout my hospital stay. Please check out my pages on Hospital Stays for more information about what to do to best care for a loved one in the Hospital.
So again, Thank You Nurses for the long hours, lack of sleep and hard work that often goes unnoticed. You are appreciated. We need you.
Toni Faile Lyerly
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