Pedi Home Health- My time with Joseph - page 2

by ibmanda2000

i had been working with medically fragile kids for over 10 years and while all of my patients were special to me, this one was different. i had been hearing about this "walkie-talkie" five-year-old boy for months, we'll call him... Read More


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    hugs to you, manda. you did just exactly what you were intended to do. not only did you bring love,
    comfort, security, and laughter to a sweet little boy, you were there for his parents as well. you did a fantastic
    job!

    there are tears running down my face as i type.
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    That story is amazing.

    For me this represents the essence of what pediatric nursing is and should be...

    !Chris
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    I had a similar experience with a child. It is different with children. Nursing boundaries are stretched. You become a member of the family when you are with them every day, through the good and bad. It happens. We are so lucky to be able to make that difference in their life.
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    Thank you everyone for your replies and warm wishes! Pediatric Home Health is a completely different world from hospital or LTC nursing. The bonds that come with the relationships can last long after your job as a nurse is done. Working in someone's home, with their terminal child, becoming part of the family..... if you do NOT become somewhat emotionally attached to the patient and/or the parents, then you may not be in nursing for the right reasons. This is just MY opinion. While I may have become more than a little attached to Joseph, I was still able to provide him with consistent, precise nursing care. I do not feel that I was there with him to fill MY needs, I simply know that he helped me through a very hard time in my life and for that I will forever be grateful.
    "Home is wherever I'm with you!" Love you silly pants!

    -Manda
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    Quote from ibmanda2000
    Thank you everyone for your replies and warm wishes! Pediatric Home Health is a completely different world from hospital or LTC nursing. The bonds that come with the relationships can last long after your job as a nurse is done. Working in someone's home, with their terminal child, becoming part of the family..... if you do NOT become somewhat emotionally attached to the patient and/or the parents, then you may not be in nursing for the right reasons. This is just MY opinion. While I may have become more than a little attached to Joseph, I was still able to provide him with consistent, precise nursing care. I do not feel that I was there with him to fill MY needs, I simply know that he helped me through a very hard time in my life and for that I will forever be grateful.
    "Home is wherever I'm with you!" Love you silly pants!

    -Manda
    I agree with you completely. I did PDN for a year and while I don't do full time anymore I stayed at my agency per diem so I could still do shifts with my little man. As I was reading your story I couldn't help but think of him, they had a lot of similar qualities. I too lost a patient, she was only 10 and it was very sudden. It's like losing a member of your family.

    Thank you for sharing this. While I am sad that he passed, I can't help but smile because you truly made a difference in Joseph's life. Don't give up on nursing, you are amazing at what you do.
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    Manda Hugs to you , Tears running down my face the whole time I was reading your story, Still can't stop crying Thank you for sharing with us You"re one awesome nurse and person
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    WOW!! Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it... He continues to touch people
    Joseph would have been 7 years old this coming Saturday.

    Thank you for your kind words.
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    Aww I'm so teary right now . That was a beautiful & a heart warming story!!! I think you did a great job taking care of this kid & loving him like your own!!! You are an inspiration for someone like me who is a pre-nursing student wanting to be a neonatal/pediatric nurse. You are my motivation! God help me to become someone like you in the future! God bless your heart! I'm sure the family appreciates & treasures you! It's people like you who make the world a better place. Thank you.
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    Wow. Now I'm tearing up. Thank you. Just remember when working with sick kids, its only sad if YOU make it sad. Have fun with them, treat them as normal as possible, love them like they'll never leave your side. Good luck in school
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    And they tell us in nursing school not to get involved right? What a gift you are. (((Big hugs)))
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