Hard couple of weeks……Dealing with VERY sick patients who pulled…… tugged……. YANKED at my heart…….
One young man was so sick we had to institute the “Massive Transfusion Protocol”which meant pushing blood so fast to save his life…….
Coolers filled with blood products
IT was QUITE a NIGHT…..
THAT patient WALKED out of the PICU a week later
My greatest gift that night besides “working hard for the $$$$” was allowing the parents 2.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep in the room while their son was in surgery to find the bleeding.
I felt so much gratitude from his family for the gift of sleep…..”works hard for the $$$$$ pays off!!!”
My next pt was an 11-year-old girl who was very sick, but stable enough to remind me of my OWN 12-year-old son…..she baked like him…….she was kind like him….
I cried in my car on the way home……
The morning after I worked with her she asked me “Who will be my day nurse?”
I told her someone very nice as she was such a nice patient.
She said “Well THAT is YOU right?”
Be still my “knows too much PICU nurse heart…..”
One week later, she is now on the liver transplant list fighting hard for her life……
The parking garage heard many tears in the last 2 weeks……..BUT
They rule my HEART
2013 was a challenge, BUT 2014 is OUR year filled with EXPERIENCES
those GREAT Mother -Son talks they so LOVE……
We went to the Lands Ends spot the day after Christmas and shared and walked and shared…LOVE
MY HEART is so FULL of LOVE for my boys!!
They are my NUMBER 1 Priority ALWAYS and THEY know it!!!!!
I saw this quote defining GRACE and it SPOKE to me….
“Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
I saw this performance and it gave me strength.
It also happens to be written by Sara Bareilles one of my most favorite singer/songwriters.
Holiday post coming soon…….
Taking time to reflect……
How night shift nurses give thanks at 3:20 am (thank you Yuliya for your talent)
My week …STARTED with a field trip…….HI Ry….
15,000 pounds of pears sorted,
Came home to THIS little beauty……..new boots for my new look……
Best way to END a 12 hour shift with a GOOD friend……
Discovered new music with the boy above who shares some of his favorite sounds…THIS one is my FAVORITE this week (thanks Nic)
I know it’s the WRONG year…but I did it intentionally.
Last November 9th was a very important day in my life.
First of all, it was the BIRTHday of one of my VERY close friends and Second of all, it was a day of ReBIRTH for me.
I filed papers that day to end my almost 23 year marriage. One year later, I have NOT one regret. I learned firsthand a life lesson in honesty.
For the privacy of my 3 fabulous boys, I will not go into the details of this decision but to say it was the ONLY choice I had given the circumstances.
The boys support and love me unconditionally and we are EVERYDAY growing closer in our new family life…
IT is VERY TRUE when they say that boys are PROTECTIVE of their mother.
I see it, feel it and love it firsthand…….SO Blessed …….
THANK YOU boys for holding my hand…….
Now back to my friend……..She’s a Hot Tamale to my Junior Mint…….she has a laugh that is contagious and makes me laugh all the more……:)
She held my hand and let me cry last week when I couldn’t decide which piece of furniture to take from my now SOLD house.
She was covered in sweat as she ran over to my house to support my “moment”…… I DID give her a paper towel……:)
She is the ear I confide in, the heart that loves me when I have a good or bad day and shows me EVERYDAY what TRUE friendship looks like.
I have called in many favors, but we are now like sistas and our bond gives us BOTH strength….
She ALSO cares for my boys as they were her own. Whats not to APPRECIATE?
THANK YOU for being my FRIEND……
I appreciate YOU Norma and LOVE you with ALL my heart and soul.