I've had some strange things happen to me after a patient has died..at home, not at work. I used to do Hospice nursing, and one particular patient that I had gotten very close to had told me that she would be my angel when she died. One morning while working on a paper, it felt like someone was stroking my hand. I would stop what I was doing and look at my hand and saw that the hair on the back of it was standing up. I went back to writing, and felt the same thing again. Just then, the phone rang. It was my patients hubby telling me that she had just taken her last breath.
During the next week, if I was in the kitchen working on the computer, the burners on my gas stove would turn on full force. I'd shut them off only to have them turn on again. The coolest thing happened the day of her funeral. My twin daughters went up to bed, but came down screaming for me. I ran up to their room to see that"someone" had laid out a complete outfit for each of them on their beds...shirts, pants, underwear, socks, shoes. It looked like a body on their bed...just couldn't see hands, feet or head. Needless to say, my girls were petrified. Since my patient never had daughters, only grown sons, I assumed this was her way of letting me know that she was okay in heaven. I told my girls this, and together that night we thanked "Edna" and asked her not to help with their clothes anymore. She never did anything like that again, but I know that she watches over me to this day.
I'm sure that you other nurses have had a patient let you know that they made it to the other side safely. I would love to hear some of those stories!
so many patients...
so little time.....
[This message has been edited by NurseMom (edited July 09, 2000).]