Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Moments in the night

In the course of Evan's life I have had a chance to meet some amazing nurses. In general they are all a bunch of caring people but there are many that stand out more and who remain in your heart long after you leave the hospital.

One of my favorite night nurses is Nurse H. She has been taking care of Evan off and on since he was first born. I am a bit of a night owl so there were many chances to have interesting chats with her. When she saw how confident I was placing Evan's NG tube after only having just learned that afternoon she strongly encouraged me to think of nursing as a possible career.

Nurse H also discussed her joy in raising her children, helping me realize that all the scariness and worry that attended Evan's infancy was not the norm. She was right, Harry's first year has been a joy. I was glad that I did not let the worry and pain stop me from knowing the sweetness than can come.

I will never forget the look on her face when I told her that Evan had suffered his stroke. She looked as if someone had punched her in the chest. I had to reassure her that he was in no immediate danger and that his prognosis looked good. It was nice to know that she really cared about how Evan was doing.

It was with joy and happiness that I was able to give here a bit of comfort during Evan's recent hospital stay. Evan had awoken rather early in the morning so he was raring to go when she came in to check his vital signs. The baby (and parents) in the next room had been stressing her out so she welcomed the chance to hang out a bit in our room. Noting my knitting that was laying at the foot of the bed she asked a favor of me. She wondered if I would let her knit a bit to help relieve the stress of the evening. Light conversation about knitting and the exchange of tips helped the tension melt away.

11 comments:

chelle said...

That is so sweet! How wonderful that you could support her in return! And knitting too!

Damselfly said...

A good nurse with the human touch is priceless!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

That's a really good idea - I think it would help medical staff if they kept some kind of diversion around so they can go "escape" during shifts if need be, so they can come back and be at their best again.

With all my babies, it seems like there's been one incredible nurse per hospital stay (and one crappy nurse, and the rest mediocre). I appreciate those sweet women so much for making those memorable times so much nicer. Good nurses are worth their weight in gold.

Mel said...

Those relationships with medical staff are priceless! Thanks for sharing.

Amber said...

Nurses DO make all the difference and can't possibly realize the impact they have.

I can't believe we were in SF at the same time!

Guinevere Meadow said...

Wow, you've been very blessed with this nurse! How wonderful you were able to help her relax on a stressful night.

fancypantsnancy said...

What are you doing up so late? Its past your bedtime!

Kristi said...

Knit the stress away...my mantra.

Tara said...

That's so sweet. i got the same night nurse both times I went into labor ( 8 years apart, no less) and she was a HUGE bag. I'm glad you got a nice one.

happy mommy said...

What a wonderful little blessing in the midst of your storm!
Thank you for talking about it here.

adwina - insparenting.com said...

I'm really glad you meet Nurse H, talk with her and share what you feel. Glad to know you have somebody else to help your tension melt away.

So, what do you think of her idea about "the possible career"? I think Evan will be proud of you so much about that :).

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