I could never praise nurses sufficiently. My times as a hospitalized patient have been almost literally countless. Had it not been for extra care provided by nurses, especially during emergency situations, I truly might not have survived. They genuinely care, and to annually set only one week aside to honor them is far too little, in my opinion.
As I noted, my times as a hospital patient have been numerous, from my pre-teen years until just this past March, for pneumonia. I'm back to full-strength health now, glad to say and certainly because nurses really cared.
I vividly recall an experience almost ten years ago when I had my left hip replaced. The recovery period lasted over four weeks, during which time I had some very painful episodes I won't describe, except to state they seemed to always happen in the overnight hours, when nursing staff was at a premium. I always felt badly about what they had to do to get me back into a recovered mode. It was especially so one morning at about 3 o'clock when a nurse's help was absolutely mandatory to allow me to survive. As I previously mentioned, I won't describe the truly gory details, but suffice it to say, that nurse had obviously many-times experienced what I needed to be accomplished and did so without any signs of squeamishness. She immediately knew what to do, she completed the task and I was on my way back to normalcy, all thanks to that wonderful nurse. I swore I would never forget her name, which should have been enshrined in my memory bank, but, alas I HAVE forgotten her name. Nonetheless, I'm sure she knew at that untimely time her work was more than appreciated. She saved my life.
Whether it's awakening a patient during the night to take medication or making the rounds just to make certain every patient is comfortable, nurses are truly the "glue" who hold everything together between doctors and patients. Many times I've often felt the nurses knew more, or as much, as doctors.
In my opinion, any of us who finds ourselves hospitalized, regardless of how serious or relatively minor the reason should take time to thank nurses for executing their noble profession so diligently. As is true with life in general, life becomes better knowing someone REALLY cares enough about others as much as they may care for themselves. From the days of Clara Barton to present-day military nurses who have served in war combat zones, these professionals are truly among the most special of humanity. They are "at the ready" 24/7 in Ebenezer's Communities. MEGA congratulations to them during this year's National Nurses Week and ALWAYS, for all they do to make our lives so much better during trying times. Thank you once again, for reading.