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I think, that this weekend I have realized, with total certainty why I went into nursing. My neighbor had a little boy 3 1/2 years ago. He was born with a genetic disorder called Trisomy 10. He has been sick since birth and has many birth defects and associated muscle and bone disorders. He was born with one kidney and the Dr.'s said that he would not make it to his 3rd birthday. I have been the one that my neighbor/good friend calls upon to keep him when they need time out or to run errands etc. I have spent many evenings, days and a few nighttimes with this baby and have come to love him dearly. This past week, this sweet baby really took a turn for the worse. His Dr.'s said that there was nothing else that they could do for him and sent him home with his parents. It has been a rough week but my freind has leaned on me in so many ways. I have sat with her and her family listening and just being there for them. I have rocked this baby when everyone else was exhausted and he was uncomfortable. I have helped to explain what the Dr.'s have told them and Hospice as well. The family asked over and over for hospice to let them know what to expect next and what signs to look for when the time came closer. I am not sure why, but their hospice nurse was not there for them and didn't answer any questions that they had. I helped them understand what signs to look for and when the baby entered the last stages of his life, I explained why his respirations were irregular. When the baby finally passed yesterday morning, I comforted the family. Many family members have brought me cards explaining their gratefulness in my willingness to teach them and be there in a nursing capacity when they didn't have anyone else step into that role. I just wanted to let my friends on this board know that I love nursing and everything that goes with it. I admire all of my fellow nurses here and realize today, why I went into this honored profession. Thank you for reading this far.

Hugs to all of you nurses!

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Wow, it sounds like you are going to make a great nurse. How wonderful it is that you were able to be there for that family the way you were. Not only could you be there for them as a friend to lean on, but you were able to use your knowledge to help comfort and educate them. My prayers go out to you and that family, I know this is hard for all of you.

I think, that this weekend I have realized, with total certainty why I went into nursing. My neighbor had a little boy 3 1/2 years ago. He was born with a genetic disorder called Trisomy 10. He has been sick since birth and has many birth defects and associated muscle and bone disorders. He was born with one kidney and the Dr.'s said that he would not make it to his 3rd birthday. I have been the one that my neighbor/good friend calls upon to keep him when they need time out or to run errands etc. I have spent many evenings, days and a few nighttimes with this baby and have come to love him dearly. This past week, this sweet baby really took a turn for the worse. His Dr.'s said that there was nothing else that they could do for him and sent him home with his parents. It has been a rough week but my freind has leaned on me in so many ways. I have sat with her and her family listening and just being there for them. I have rocked this baby when everyone else was exhausted and he was uncomfortable. I have helped to explain what the Dr.'s have told them and Hospice as well. The family asked over and over for hospice to let them know what to expect next and what signs to look for when the time came closer. I am not sure why, but their hospice nurse was not there for them and didn't answer any questions that they had. I helped them understand what signs to look for and when the baby entered the last stages of his life, I explained why his respirations were irregular. When the baby finally passed yesterday morning, I comforted the family. Many family members have brought me cards explaining their gratefulness in my willingness to teach them and be there in a nursing capacity when they didn't have anyone else step into that role. I just wanted to let my friends on this board know that I love nursing and everything that goes with it. I admire all of my fellow nurses here and realize today, why I went into this honored profession. Thank you for reading this far.

Hugs to all of you nurses!

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(((((sha)))))

you did something that many people (and nurses) cannot; to assist in the transition from this life to the next, with a young sweet child!!! :crying2:

your tenderness, knowledge and patience in this unthinkable crisis, did indeed touch everyone involved in this child's life. kudos, thumbs up and a gentle hug for this very trying nursing experience, especially as a new grad...i sense you have found your calling.

leslie

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jschut has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Bless you and bless this family. What heartbreak they must be feeling right now.... :crying2:

Thank goodness you were there for them!

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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Thanks for sharing, and thanks for being there for them. What an honor that was.

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What a sad but touching story. I know that family is so greatful to have such a caring person with them in their time of need. It's so amazing how you can touch peoples lifes and make a difference. This is too why I want to go into nursing. I look up to you and what you do and hope that one day I can give the comfort that you have. My God Bless you in what ever you do.

I think, that this weekend I have realized, with total certainty why I went into nursing. My neighbor had a little boy 3 1/2 years ago. He was born with a genetic disorder called Trisomy 10. He has been sick since birth and has many birth defects and associated muscle and bone disorders. He was born with one kidney and the Dr.'s said that he would not make it to his 3rd birthday. I have been the one that my neighbor/good friend calls upon to keep him when they need time out or to run errands etc. I have spent many evenings, days and a few nighttimes with this baby and have come to love him dearly. This past week, this sweet baby really took a turn for the worse. His Dr.'s said that there was nothing else that they could do for him and sent him home with his parents. It has been a rough week but my freind has leaned on me in so many ways. I have sat with her and her family listening and just being there for them. I have rocked this baby when everyone else was exhausted and he was uncomfortable. I have helped to explain what the Dr.'s have told them and Hospice as well. The family asked over and over for hospice to let them know what to expect next and what signs to look for when the time came closer. I am not sure why, but their hospice nurse was not there for them and didn't answer any questions that they had. I helped them understand what signs to look for and when the baby entered the last stages of his life, I explained why his respirations were irregular. When the baby finally passed yesterday morning, I comforted the family. Many family members have brought me cards explaining their gratefulness in my willingness to teach them and be there in a nursing capacity when they didn't have anyone else step into that role. I just wanted to let my friends on this board know that I love nursing and everything that goes with it. I admire all of my fellow nurses here and realize today, why I went into this honored profession. Thank you for reading this far.

Hugs to all of you nurses!

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Kudos to you. You offered comfort to a family who has been going through a tough situation for 3 1/2 years. Without you, their struggle would have been much harder. I wish there were more people like you in the nursing field.

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All I can say about you is "Wow". I got chill bumps and wet eyes when I read this. You were their Earth Angel!

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nursemike has 12 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro).

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Well done, and thanks for sharing.

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SmilingBluEyes has 20 years experience.

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You make a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your compassion shines through.

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Nursing is the greatest profession in the world and the closest profession to the kingdom of God. Your actions have proven this to be the case. Good for you!

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husker-nurse has 8 years experience as a LPN, LVN and specializes in med-surg.

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the world is a better place because you are in it.......

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