A patient made me cry today - page 5
my skin is really thick. i've seen alot of things between being a nurse and a paramedic. i've seen abuse, neglect and death before. today, i got a patient from the emergency room with a massive... Read More
Jun 5, '09Occupation: Stay at home Mom Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 51; Likes: 4Alison this man is watching over you now...
Jun 6, '09Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 96; Likes: 199To the OP: You are proof that there are angels on Earth.
Jun 7, '09Occupation: Teacher --> Nurse Specialty: Trauma/Burn ICU, Neuro ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 378; Likes: 238Thank you, Dear Allison, for posting this story, and God Bless you! You're an Angel.
Jun 10, '09Joined: Aug '08; Posts: 1; Likes: 1This story just brought tears to my eyes. I don't understand how anybody could be that cruel to someone. Thank you for bringing that man some comfort in his last moments.
Jun 10, '09Occupation: RN- Med/surg- and anything else my hospital asks Specialty: Psych, LTC, M/S, Supervisor, MRDD, ; Joined: May '09; Posts: 75; Likes: 127THANK YOU FOR POSTING THAT STORY.......HE WILL NEVER KNOW BUT HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF MANY. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW THAT STUFF CAN HAPPEN!!
Jun 10, '09Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 13; Likes: 19Quote from flightnurse2bi have been crying on and off since i got home (and i don't think i can blame this one on my hormones). i really am just kind of haunted by it right now. i just feel awful. i am not much of the type to take work home with me... but my god that poor man, i can't even imagine what kind of horror he had lived through.
thanks for all the encouragement, i needed to let it out. i tried so hard to hold it back at work, because i had 7 other patients, and i kept pawning of my red eyes on my allergies.... but i honestly am really shaken over this patient.
i was just on the phone talking to my mom whose been a nurse for almost 30 years... and she said that it makes you remember, that when you have those patients who get on your last nerve, who just want the extra minutes of your time, etc... you could be the last person to ever care for them and love them.... something that i think i from time to time forget, because i'm so busy with charting and medications and this and that and the other thing.....
somebody loved his man once. i hope he sees them again when his journey is over.
i need to go to bed.
My name is Teri. I live in Florida and I'm a CNA in a LTC and I start my LPN class on July 23rd. They say there are angels here, on earth. I just met one.
The really important things we learn can never be taught in a classroom....we learn them from simply living. And, it's obvious that you learned to be a caring, compassionate person from your Mom.
One of the saddest things I've learned is how cruel one human being can be to another. But I'm sure that's why God sent angels like you....to care for the vulnerable and to inspire the rest of us to take that one minute and "just be there" for someone who needs us.
Whenever I have a difficult patient to care for, (or I'm really pressed for time and rushing around) before I walk into their room, I close my eyes and tell myself "This is someone's child...at some point this person was a baby who someone loved very much...take care of that person's child the same way I would want someone to take care of my kids someday when they are old and/or sick". It helps.
You took really good care of that poor man and, somewhere, there is a Mom and a Dad who are blessing you for it.
Jun 10, '09Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 657; Likes: 229Sounds like elder abuse at its worse. I hope they focus on his 'caregiver'.
Jun 10, '09Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 14,833; Likes: 8,032Allison:icon_hug::redpinkheI truly pray that that dear old man you cared for will remember you, and how kind and gentle your tender loving care for him was that day. God bless you dear heart. You are what real nursing is all about.
VENGENCE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD. THE ONE WHO ABUSED THAT DEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS UNABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF WILL ONE DAY HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT THAT PERSON DID TO HIM.Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Jun 11, '09 : Reason: Not enough words.
Jun 10, '09Occupation: Nursing Student / Quality Systems Consultant Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 113; Likes: 21I'm a nursing student. In saying that, I mean just starting.
I am so very appreciative of you sharing this very moving incident. My heart was breaking as I was reading this, truly this poor man was not being taken care of. It's such a shame, and we can go on forever pointing blame.... But your actions were no less than an angel to this man. If that was my family member (I would not have let him gotten that way) I would be so honored that you were with him. How comforting to him that you were by his side. I aspire to learn from your experience.
Jun 10, '09Occupation: LPN @ LTC Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in LPN , CNA, Counselor. ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '08; Posts: 23; Likes: 13You have a wonderful heart and you are the one that made me cry.
Jun 10, '09Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 1; Likes: 1Thank you for sharing your story. I rarely cry as well, but your story brought tears to this thick skined nurse. What you did was the best that could be done for your patient, and I applaud you for being his advocate. Great job ~ Stay strong and keep up the good work! You are an angel.
Jun 10, '09Occupation: Nurse Specialty: GERIATRICS, MEDICAL SURGICAL,ICU ; From: PH ; Joined: Jan '08; Posts: 11; Likes: 6Thanks for sharing.You made me cry.You remind us our purpose why we are nurses today.Its truly amazing story.I cant wait to share this to my students and co workers.Keep it up... be a good nurse...spread the love to those who are truly need our care..God bless you.
Jun 11, '09Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 4; Likes: 1Beneath the politics and the stresses, this is why I love being a nurse. After a $@@@@@ day this is a pleasant reminder. Thank you. God blessLast edit by ElvishDNP on Jun 11, '09 : Reason: TOS