It is crazy that of all places to be reminded that we as nurses need to take that time to stop and actually listen to our patients is on Facebook. I am "friends" with some of my AN friends outside of our AN family here. It was recently noted by a friend that it is important that we stop and take the time, in and out of the hospital, to listen to their stories. Many of them are of the greatest generation and we cannot forget what they sacrificed for us to remain free. Take a moment and listen but do not forget to thank them, or any soldier, for their service. Their sacrifice is great.
Today.....December 7...a day that lives "in infamy" is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I am reminded of a patient I was caring for in the ICCU 25 years ago when a bunch of very important looking men in uniform came into the ICU wanting to speak to my patient. I went and asked him and he said yes. To my surprise it was the military giving metals for survivors of Pearl Harbor....50th anniversary. He was on shore leave from the USS Arizona. He survived the attack. That night he talked to us ALL night about that horrible day. I never looked at December 7th the same way again. Best history lesson I ever had.
If you are reading this Sir....THANK YOU again for your service.
It is my dearest hope and wish that anyone reading this takes the time to hear the greatest generation....they are leaving us (I miss you Daddy) But also remember those who sacrificed every thing on Sept 11, 2001. Hug your local Police, Firefighter, EMT, EMT-P....they are the ones who run towards something the rest of us are running from.