I'm back! Consecration was wonderful! I learned so much from stepping away and tuning into God's voice. I also started some personal projects and developed some goals and plans for 2016. I'm looking forward to see those plans and goals manifest into something great! I'll keep you all posted.
2016 also took me into an unexpected place. On a Monday night in February, I experienced something that frankly I thought I'll experience once I got admitted to the hospital to deliver my child or later in life when Adam and I were older. Not the case.
I happened to check my phone and saw a disturbing text message. My fiancee was involved in a pedestrian hit and run accident. He was in the ER. Fortunately for me, I was already at work and able to immediately be at his side. Long story short, he was admitted, had surgery to repair a broken shoulder, and is now at home recovering.
I mentioned to him that I expected this to happen later in life, not so soon. It was surreal being on the other side, as the patient's family. Everyone that took care of him was wonderful. He mentioned himself that it was the best care he had received from the facility I work at. I was so grateful everyone treated him well.
Here's some advice if you find yourself being on the other side:
1. Let the professionals on duty do their job. Trust me, if the patient is going home, you are going to have more than enough time to be their nurse. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than someone who comes in being the "family chief health care professional" and wants to take over. My thing is this, if the patient didn't require hospital level care, they would have not been admitted.
2. Take a break and get much needed rest. Fortunately for me, I was able to coordinate with my fiancee's family and friends so I could take breaks from the hospital. That way, I was able to take a break away and shower and refresh. That is essential so you can do your duty to care for that person. How can you care for anyone else if your needs aren't being met? Do yourself a favor and take those breaks. You don't miss an opportunity to pee at work when you can, right?
3. Say thank you. You better than anyone knows how this job can be thankless. Thank your nurse, NA, doctor, etc. for a job well done, especially if the care is exceptional.
Let me hear from you! Have you been "on the other side" and been the patient/patient's family? I would love to hear about your experiences!
1. My dad is coming to visit soon!
2. Valentine's weekend!
3. Even though it is not what we expected, it is nice to come home to Adam daily. =)
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