Left Speechless - page 2

He had just turned 18 when he came into the ER with chest and shoulder pain. I walked into his room and introduced myself. He was polite and soft spoken. I asked him about his pain and the cough that accompanied it. He stated... Read More

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    Got me teary-eyed. This guy is tough. Feeling so determined amid his condition.
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    This is one of those moments when I would not be able to hold back my tears in front of the patient!!!!
    WoosahRN and liebling5 like this.
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    Beautifully written. I am so thankful for what our patients teach us.
    dudette10, WoosahRN, and NF_eyenurse like this.
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    Thank you! It's my first article. It's hard sharing something so personal. Probably more personal for the patient. I wanted to bring you all there with me, in those moments. Like I said l, he changed how I thought about dying and what was possible. He was obviously proud. I kept wondering how he did on his test. I was so proud of him and so thankful for who he was and how he impacted me. It's amazing how much we learn about these lives that we come across. They all have stories and sometimes I forget that. 😊
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    What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it!
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    My son died from cancer at 13. It made me re-evaluate everything about myself as a person. I got out of the dumps of bankruptcy and prior foreclosure. I finally moved past the divorce that happened a couple of years prior to his death. I stopped telling myself I was too stupid to pursue my dream and got myself back into college. I lost a bunch of weight. I rebuilt my credit and bought a house. I became a nurse.

    His strength in dying taught me a lot about strength in living. What will I do when I die? I honestly do not know. I do know I do not fear it the way I did before.

    This is what I love about what we do. We see the most horrible things....and the most incredible. What we see and do has the power to change a soul.
    NurseSDP, HikingEDRN, 3aremyjoy, and 12 others like this.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Aww, I seem to have something in my eye so I can barely see my screen ... God, we see such awful things sometimes, I wonder how we stand it.
    This...I wonder that everyday, even through all the objectivity, I still wonder...even after I have been faced with my own mortality and how to live, yes, I still wonder.

    I appreciate you sharing this Woosah.
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    Well done, Woosah. This young man's story deserved to be told, and you did it beautifully. I only hope I can be as determined to live my own life right to the end.
    Krzysztof, WoosahRN, not.done.yet, and 1 other like this.
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    oh wow. Im tearing up. Beautifully written, thought provoking and makes us take a minute. ~Ivanna
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    I watched my beautiful son die of cancer. He was diagnosed at age 21. Actually, he was misdiagnosed several times before we finally found a doctor who would actually listen to us. It was stage 4, in his liver and lungs when finally diagnosed properly. I could tell you a multitude of mistakes made by nurses and nurse practitioners, but it really doesn't matter now. One thing I will mention, though, is that we always had a hard time getting enough pain medication. Many nurses had such poor attitudes about giving it, as if it mattered that someone dying of stage 4 cancer cared about addiction. Another thing I will mention is "handicapped parking spaces." Please don't use them if you don't need them, and please don't judge people for using them. We were cursed at by a grown man once, because we parked in one, and the scars and cancer weren't readily visible to a lay person.
    JBudd, JustMe54, and not.done.yet like this.

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