National Nurses Week is coming up in May. Because of that I am nursing a desire to do a series on nurses.
I REMEMBER THE NURSES
I was in the hospital for 7 weeks way back when due to a boat explosion and subsequent burns. I remember the old Irish nurse that made Alfie (the Puerto Rican gang member who was in the ICU burn unit with me because he had botched an arson fire) and myself recite the Lord’s Prayer every night. I remember the nurses that listened to how I wanted my dressings put on, and those who didn’t give a hoot.
Honestly I don’t ever remember seeing a doctor (even though I know I did). I couldn’t tell you anything about them and their way, good or bad. Not to diss the doctors, they did the skin grafts and they checked up on me. They would have been there if I had taken a bad turn for the worse. But the truth is the nurses were the ones who were there for everything and it’s to them I give the credit for saving me again and again day in, day out.
Do you have a great nurse story? Let us know.
Drawing by Marty Coleman, whose favorite nurse was named ‘Cookie’.