Pedi Home Health- My time with Joseph - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   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
  2. by   PediLove2147
    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.
  3. by   Debilpn23
    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
  4. by   ibmanda2000
    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.
  5. by   MisaMisa
    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.
  6. by   ibmanda2000
    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
  7. by   Liddle Noodnik
    And they tell us in nursing school not to get involved right? What a gift you are. (((Big hugs)))
  8. by   xandarosa
    I'm a mother of a little guy that has nurses. Y'all do such an amazing job. We're moving away next week and it breaks my heart to lose my nurses. It's hard to find excellent home health nurses who treat him like their own.
  9. by   canned_bread
    I was sobbing, what a touching story. Sometimes with long-term home health care nursing it can be hard to detach oneself. As long as the nurse does their job, however, I think it's fine.
  10. by   MisaMisa
    I know I'm super late with the response... Thank you ibmanda2000
  11. by   littlemammanurse
    This post made me cry.You are a wonderful person and Joseph was truly blessed to have a wonderful nurse like you!
  12. by   neonurse2b
    So so sad I cried all the way to the end u were a great nurse to Joseph keep up the work GOD BLESS
  13. by   Mark San Andres
    This made me cry.

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