No one goes through life without being touched by angels. We all have stories of a nurse, doctor or caregiver who made a difference.
I remember when my son was born. My wife was in labor for 26 grueling hours. Our nurse worked tirelessly side-by-side with us all night long; it was so exhausting but so beautiful for everyone. Somehow she made us feel as if she cared about our baby as much as we did.
I remember when my daughter had ear surgery. She was just five years old and looked too tiny to have an operation. The nurse knew how nervous I was, so she invited me to push my daughter’s gurney to the O.R. Somehow she made me feel as if my daughter was her daughter too, and that nothing bad could possibly happen.
I remember when my Dad was in his eighties. He fell in the rain outside his church and couldn’t get up. He was sad, scared and embarrassed---but then the EMT ambulance from the local fire station arrived. Those big strong guys were so tender and empathetic. They understood Dad’s feelings, got him back on his feet, and then led the onlookers in a round of applause for him!
I remember when Dad was 96 and had come home from the hospital to spend his last Christmas with us. We all knew that he only had a few days to live. But somehow his hospice nurses and caregivers made those final days feel full and rich. Because of them, some of my family’s Christmas gifts that year were strength, courage, wisdom, faith, forgiveness, healing, peace, joy, laughter and love.
National Nurse’s Week is May 6-12, but healthcare recognition will continue all month long. If there has ever been a special nurse, doctor or caregiver in your life, now is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate them. Send them a Because You Care book, or a Gratitude book, or a Hero book with a personal note from you written on the inside flyleaf. If possible, drop by the hospital or clinic and give them a hug. The work they do is heroic. It often goes unheralded, but it should never go unappreciated.
Note: If you have a personal memory or story about a special caregiver, please share it in our comments section below.