Tonight I looked in on you, you looked so sad & lost in that bed with your nasal canula resting on your cheek. As I carefully readjust the canula, you wake, look up at me and say thank you for taking such good care of me. Do you know what that did to me? You will never realize how your simple words made me want to cry. I want so badly to make your pain and struggles go away. I feel so helpless; I can only do so much for you. I'm afraid it's not enough. I can give you medicine to ease your pain, oxygen to help you breath, reposition you to relieve sore muscles, clean you when you have an "accident", feed you when you're hungry, hold a glass for you when you're thirsty. I assure you it is an honor to care for you; you don't need to thank me. I rearrange your pillow, tuck your blankets around you, then I quietly walk out of the room. You don't know it, but, I stand in the doorway, watching over you as you fall back to sleep. It is all I can do, I wish it was more, but, I will watch over you and be by your side each night on this lonely walk. I am always there, looking in on you as you sleep. Have sweet dreams my patient.
Your Night Nurse