Don't Curse the Nurse!

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Our Department Angel

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We have something for you.”

He never changed his pace. He grabbed a chart, added the indexed papers, and the allergy sticker for the front.

We waited, quietly.

Thinking he’d look up and notice everyone standing around him, we all inhaled, anxious to show our appreciation. Our manager stood behind him and off to the left, holding the envelope with the gift card inside.

He then got up from his seat, turned clockwise, and sifted through the stack of dividers, his chin inches from where they sat propped on the high countertop. After finding the specific divider he needed, our much valued volunteer acknowledged our presence.  

“Just a minute. I need to finish this.”

Sure that he was aware that the small crowd gathering was for him, our boss gently intervened.

“We have a gift for you”

He sat again and placed the name labels inside the clear pocket.

I’m not sure about the others, but for me, the awkward humor of what appeared to be a snub quickly turned into an ‘ Aww ‘ moment.  A little shade of pink had colored his face.  Turning to the manager, but fluttering his eyes up and down, he simply said “O.K”

“This is for you. We all chipped in!” Noticing his shyness, our leader kept it short and sweet.

He murmured a “Thank you”, placed the envelope on the counter, and looked over to start on a new chart.

“Open it.”    “Open it.”           “Open it.”     We all chimed in.

 “Of course he complied. He is a gentleman. 

What’s more important is that I share this:   Our volunteer is over 75, having put in full tenure in the school system, has time to help at least twice a week. His wife is seeing an Oncologist. He only missed the days he had eye surgery and the days his wife was getting treatments. He doesn’t take breaks or chat the time away.

He’s not “Just a volunteer.” (Besides, there is no such thing as “Just a volunteer”.)

He’s a gift.

To our department angel I want to say “We love you and hope you never tire of us!”

 

 

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He Called Us Nurses Angels

“How much they hate doctors.” He said it matter of fact and I turned to give a hurt look to the anesthesiologist at my right.

“Sorry, just kidding. It would attract readers to your site, right?”

I got that he was trying to be helpful, but, Christmas is coming and I didn’t want to write some snarky blog promoting the myth that nurses hate all doctors. I shared my only idea.

“I was thinking about doing something informative about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. As soon as I said it out loud, it felt wrong. I didn’t have to deal with the weight of the world, just a poorly wired thyroid gland and chronic fatigue.

“Susan, I know what you should write about.”

Now I was going to get an opinion from the surgeon standing across from me. He had a Fu Manchu moustache and an impeccable reputation.

“What?” I was surprised he joined in.

“How you nurses are angels.”

He had my full attention. I listened as he continued.

“My mom was in the hospital not long ago, and like usual, I didn’t tell anyone I was a physician…some people get intimidated. Now, I gotta tell you, those nurses, they spent so much time with my mom, taking incredible care of her. They were real gentle with her.”

The conversation was feeling a little surreal to me and the dimmed lights in the room didn’t help. Give the surgeon a white robe and the equipment in his hand might have looked like a tablet to me. I blinked a couple of times when he paused.

“Really, you nurses are special.” All I could do was nod, say thanks, and agree that the post should be one appropriate for the nature of the season.

I am paying it forward

***Merry Christmas***

 

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