....were behind me in Walmart today while I was checking out. I didn't recognize who they were, but they knew me. The woman said, "I know you! You took care of my Mom when she was in the hospital!" The man with her said, "That's right, you did!" I looked a little puzzled because I could not recall their faces. That always bothers me when that happens. Anyway, I said what is your Mom's name? They told me her name, and right away I remembered that patient. We chatted while my "goodies" were being rung up slowly by the cashier because she was wayyyyy into the conversation (listening intently). The daughter of my former patient kept thanking me for being so good to her mom, and told the cashier what an excellent nurse I was. She went on to say not everyone on my floor was as nice, but I was, and they were glad to have had me as their mom's nurse during her hospitalization. During that conversation, I learned the patient died four days after discharge. She was hanging on by a thread (said the daughter) because she did not want to die in the hospital but at home with the family around her, and her wish was fulfilled. :)I'm so happy for that family. I'm so glad the Lord saw fit for me to hear about that particular patient in that way. Who would have imagined I'd meet them in the Walmart checkout line? :)I gave them a really warm hug before I left the store, and asked the daughter to please pass on that hug to the family for me with my condolences in the loss of the matriarch of their family. May she rest in eternal peace now. She was so so sick. How many times have you run into a patient or patient family member in public and not remember them, or have them come up to you thankful for the care you gave their loved one? THIS is what nursing is all about! It's why I will fight to keep it safe!