This is a not a poker tale. So, stop reading if you want to talk poker. I just started a new assignment at a new hospital. As some of you know I am a nurse. Been a nurse for awhile. I just wanted to share this because it made me feel good....and kind of made me love my job all over again.
I have been contracting myself out for the last few months. I was working in a hospital in the inner city for a few months in the ER. I was starting to hate my job. I was getting cursed at and spit on. I was starting to question my career choice. I was dreading going to work almost everyday. Luckily I work 12 hours so I only work 3 days a week. The pinnacle for me was a few weeks ago when I was physically harmed by a patient. In 12 years I had never been hurt that badly. I was hurt both physicall and emotionally. I was so down. That was it for me. I was at my wits end. I wasn't just burned out....ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH!
I took a few weeks off....not a financially bright idea. BUT I needed it. I took a new assignment at a very nice hospital in a trauma unit. Wasn't sure I was going to like the unit. But said hey it's time for a change again and I might like giving primary care again.
The first day was a little nuts. But, the second day I started caring for this little elderly man who had under gone major surgery for the 2nd time in two months. He appeared scared and lonley when I first started caring for him. I just kept visiting his room telling him my name over and over again. Trying to make him feel comfortable and safe and then work harder on his recovery. By the second day I had broke thru. He began smiling and talking to me. Calling me Shannon. That evening he was able to sit at the bedside and get out of bed. I was so happy. I went home that night feeling good. I had a couple days off and came back. I have my gentleman again. When I walked in the room that morning he woke up and saw me. He had the biggest grin and said I missed you. My heart melted. By that evening I had him walking. We took a walk together in the hall. He squeezed me hand and said thank you. The next day I came in and he looked so scruffy. I was very very busy....but seeing his face light up when he saw me again and the progress we had made...I decided to make time for my new friend. I said you know what you need to get out of that bed wash yourself up and shave. I had a surprise for my friend some tubes were coming out. I had just received orders to remove his NG tube from his nose and his catheter. You think I gave him a milliion dollars. He looked like a new man when he finished shaving. He told me I gave him his dignity back and kissed me on the cheek. When his daughter came in that night she thanked me and said she hasn't seen him look this good in months! I said goodbye that night knowing I probably wouldn't see him when I came back in a few days because he will probably go home now. He told me goodbye and I left that night from work with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. In fact, I have tears now knowing I feel good about my career choice again and I made one person's life a little better for at least a few minutes.
Again, I apologize for the non-poker story. I just felt like sharing it with you all since I feel so close to some of you.
Thanks for listening!