The most beautiful curls I'd ever seen - page 2

You had two simple requests of me, a drink of water, and to go home. I had started out my shift on high note, caring for my two favorite cardiac patients, working with some of my favorite... Read More

  1. by   Thunderwolf
    I have never been so moved by a story as I have with this one. I felt like I was at the bedside with you, my heart slowly breaking.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Excellent writing.
  2. by   NurseCard
    Wow. That was powerful. So, so very sad. As a parent of young children... very scary as well. Thank you for sharing.
  3. by   MelodyNelson
    I cried so much! You and all PICU nurses are special angels! I don't think I could work with little ones and lose them and console their parents
  4. by   danissa
    kessadawn...........I can TRULY say, I have never been moved by anything so much on this site. Your words are so touching.. I've never been moved to such tears on reading a post.
  5. by   trent
    Kessadawn... Wow! You have a gift for storytelling. Thank you for sharing your experience so personally and emotionally. Reading it, I felt like I was there.
  6. by   littleRNthatcould
    All I can say after reading this is THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU for being able to share this story and to have the emotional strength to do this job. I know that I have such a horrible time keeping my own emotions in check when it comes to the deaths of these precious children that I most likely could never do the job that you do. I thank God daily for nurses like you.
  7. by   kessadawn
    [font="century gothic"]wow, i never anticipated the impact this article has had! thank you all for all of the really nice compliments!
  8. by   WildcatFanRN
    Thank you for sharing this story, such a big heart you have.
  9. by   Leeleesmom
    I thank God there are people like you!
  10. by   BarbraJean
    I'm a Homecare Nurse here in Brampton Ontario, Canada. Most nof my patients get better & are discharged but I'm alsi the Palliative Nurse as well with patient ages ranging from 8 weeks to 50's. I have 4 little ones, 8 weeks, 26 months & 13 years that won't be with us for long. They weren't the first & certainly won't be the last BUT each & every one of them is etched in my heart. I can empathize & fully understand your feelings behind your story. I think it is what makes us unique in what we do. I've been Nursing for 25 years, retire in 3 but I will never forget "my little ones".:redpinkhe
  11. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Last night we had a boy with multiple special needs transported to us by air ambulance after having a fall in the tub and 30 minutes of ACLS. We did everything we could for that boy, but were too late to make a difference. After he died, around 3 am, we learned that he was the same boy pictured on a poster we had hanging at our nurses' station celebrating the advances being made locally in treating severe spasticity and dystonia. It was a very sobering moment for all of us.
  12. by   kessadawn
    wow, how sad, jan.
  13. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    When his extended family came into the unit after we'd cleaned him up and moved him to a private room, they looked like ghosts. The feeling of defeat rolled off them like a cloud and it broke my heart. I still have a knot in my throat when I see them in my mind.