May Editorial: My Real Life
By Candy Goulette
Published 2:15 am PDT Saturday, May 1, 2004
Having grown up around medical folk of all types, I have an inbred admiration of the work they - you - do. There is no higher or more noble calling than to be able to put yourself aside and care for people who can't take care of themselves, to soothe a fevered brow, to give a quick word of comfort or a backrub or a smile. It's a tough job in a very stressful environment, and I salute you all.
Nurses will be honored during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. I don't think that's enough. Every day is an opportunity to honor those we hold in high esteem, so every month in Real Life Healthcare we will do the same.
Beginning with this month's issue, I'll profile a nurse who is outstanding. This month on page 6, you'll meet Deborah Burger, president of the California Nurses Association. In coming months, I'll introduce you to Dr. Jean Toth; Lynda Juall Carpenito-Moyet, FNP; Kathy Ricossa; Dr. Mary Lou DeNatale; and Sharon Moss, who just happens to be my sister. Each of these women has dedicated her professional life to nursing and her private life to caring for other as well. Each has made great contributions to the art and craft of skilled patient care while managing to make an impact on the lives of people around them.
We've gone through a rough spot with illness here in the Real Life office. We've had several ladies with cancer, one throwing pvcs, one out with a bunionectomy (who isn't being a good girl!), one with thoracic spinal stenosis and one who will be delivering her second daughter any minute (although that's a good thing). Sales and Planning Manager Laurie Pederson shares her story of her illness with you, beginning on page 16.
Having illness in our midst makes us all mindful of how precious good health is, and how transient - we no longer take it for granted. Even I, the good "Dr. Candy," have gone back to a real doc for a thorough going over, after nearly four years on my own. I didn't do too bad a job, but it's always good to get a second opinion. As daughter Sarah reminds me (constantly), I'm not a "real" doctor, even though I'm sure I've picked up a lot by osmosis. My diagnostic skills are pretty sharp, although I try not to practice without that license. I make "suggestions," not real diagnoses, and always remind my "patients" to see their regular doctor if their symptoms get worse or linger. I never balance bill, either.
In the old days when my orthopedic surgeon dad was practicing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he would frequently be surprised by GPs - grateful patients - with small gifts. Think that might catch on here?
I hope you enjoyed last month's story about Kaley Regoli, who donated her long hair to Locks of Love. One gal here was so moved by the story that she had her 13-inch ponytail cut and donated. It's an awesome responsibility to try to present stories to you each month that are both meaningful and interesting. Sometimes I succeed, other times I don't, but I try my best every month.