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Left Speechless

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WoosahRN has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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We all have patients that have an impact on us. Usually, we've been involved with them for several shifts or over longer periods of time in other settings. This one made his lasting impact in a few hours. You are reading page 2 of Left Speechless. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Amistad has 5 years experience.

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Beautifully written. I am so thankful for what our patients teach us.

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WoosahRN has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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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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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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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.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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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.

:yes:

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NotReady4PrimeTime has 25 years experience as a RN and specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology.

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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.

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Ivanna_Nurse has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in CCU MICU Rapid Response.

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oh wow. Im tearing up. Beautifully written, thought provoking and makes us take a minute. ~Ivanna

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applewhitern has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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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.

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Beautifully written. And it's interesting how many people can relate to such a sad story. It's so easy to forget that each and every one of us (and our patients) are going through something; we're all fighting our own battles. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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CheesePotato is a BSN, RN and specializes in Sleep medicine,Floor nursing, OR, Trauma.

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It is often spoken how nursing impacts individual lives--but in truth, it is a two way mirror.

Thank you for eloquently capturing and presenting his reflection. Under your gentle care you gave him the gift of understanding, advocacy, and relief and now through your words you allow for this young man to empower and live on in hundreds if not thousands of readers.

Thank you.

Sincerest regards,

~~CheesePotato~~

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I say atta kid. Wish more people in my generation were as mentally powerful as this dude. Props to him.

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NurseGirl525 is a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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What an incredible story. He is most certainly living. I have had a particularly rough week and this story helped me put some things in perspective. Thank you for sharing. I am sure you made a huge difference for him that day. Just so he could set out and accomplish what he needed to that day.

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