Thank you to my ostomate nurse from a long time ago.

  1. Over a decade ago, I had surgery for toxic megacolon (due to Crohn's). To be honest, I was wallowing in self pity. I felt that life was unfair, I was young and vain. Well to make a long story short. In the hospital, the ostomate nurse came in to help instruct and change the pouch. I was such a snot. I was crying and complained and and just carrying on. This is the truly special part. She calmly looked me square in the eye and said "May I ask you a question?" I said "yes".
    She asked "What in the world makes you so special?" I was speechless. She had my attention and then calmly went on to explain she had an ostomy from the age of ten. That she went on to pursue a rewarding career, found love and married a wonderful man and had two children. She made me promise her that I wouldn't let my illness and surgeries be the only "special" thing about me.

    Some may say that she over stepped her bounds. I say she saved my life. I have a wonderful husband, a very special daughter and I start my pre-reqs this fall. I also plan on volunteering with young ostomates.

    Isn't it amazing what a little extra caring will do.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sharann
    What a wonderful and uplifting story! Thank you for sharing that
  4. by   suzanne4
    Someone that I know went thru the same thing and she also became a nurse, one of the best ICU nurses that I have ever met.................

    this is to her......
  5. by   Tweety
    Thanks for sharing.
  6. by   nurseygrrl
    That's a nice story. Most times, our people skills are what makes a good nurse.
  7. by   Dayray
    Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing

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