Nurses see people in their worst conditions of time. Those who are severely ill , amputated leg or arm, fractured, diagnosed with cancer or with uncured diseases . Patients who are dying ; nurses witness all that and here we give not only nursing care but also emotional support . Though we may feel sad , tears that can’t leave our eyes , empathy & fear of losing them yet we have to do it.
Let me share with you a story of a newly graduated nurse , Betty, hired at a surgical ward. There ; where she met John 7 year old boy with an head injury from a traffic accident . He was on a ventilator , monitor & many machines, semi conscious and stable. When betty asked about his family or relatives they mentioned that they rarely visit him. Betty not only saw all that but saw a young child ; neglected, alone, depressed and in a cage.
Whenever she rubbed his hand gently he moved it mildly as if he felt it, when she sang for him his eyes tired moving towards her as if he was saying ” Thank you for being around , for singing for me when no one did ” . I can tell he was happy thought compared to normal kids this was nothing but to him its was .
Betty did all that with love & care . Days passed and John became so sick. Doctors thought that he may not make it any more. Until he passed away in October 9th 1999 . The night before his death betty saw him sick & yet couldn’t do anything more to help him but pray, she read some verses from the holy book as she held his hands. She was no longer a nurse at the moment but a human , but a mother , but a sister but a loving person.
It was a shock for her , even though everyone knew it. She couldn’t eat well for days , she couldn’t go to the work with passing by his room, she can’t see the patients without remembering him.
He lived , though his life was a sorely tired. It happened calmly, on its own. The way night comes when the day is over.
Yea ! this is the life , so harsh . We have to move on because we will see many other clients like John . We ,nurses can’t be emotionless but we have to control it . We have to learn that is part of our job condolences and caring for death. Our job requires more of us. People go and come; just like how John’s room was occupied by another patient.
Days pass and life goes on.