"Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away." Author Unknown

Friday, January 29, 2010

I am also a person with feelings too........

I have been a hospice nurse for three years. I have cared for and lost several patients during this time. Even though each patient that I have had has had a special place in my heart there are those that touch me in a special way. While I am busy being a professional hospice nurse and helping this family through a difficult time I push my own feeling aside. It is my responsibility to educate, council and support patient and families. Furthermore, it is my responsibility to make sure that my patient is pain and symptom free. I get so involved in providing the holistic care that hospice is all about that I become a part of a special yet difficult time in a family's life. I spend at least two days a week or more caring for these patients and families. I learn all about their lives, likes and dislikes. We laugh together and I hold their hands or give them a hug when they cry. I have to swallow hard and maintain professionalism but still make sure they know I care. I lost one of my special patients (friends) today. Due to the snow storm and being snowed in I was not able to be with them. I called his wife to make sure the family was doing as well as they could be and to offer some comforting word to them. She expressed their gratitude for the care and friendship I had given them and that they loved me. I sat there with tears rolling down my face. I thought for a moment that this is a loss in my life as well. I too am going through some grief. I became a part of their lives but they had become a part of mine too. Even though I am a professional hospice nurse I am also a person with feelings too.....God bless them and comfort them.


  1. Well, you accomplished your first goal...tears in the eyes! Thanks for caring so much about so many people!

  2. So well put. That is a part of the job. Hospice is a calling and only certain people can do it. I am glad you are one of those people and I am glad we get to do this together. Blogging can be healing. I am glad you wrote this. I know it will touch others. It may be useful for work too. You might want to let Danny read this. He may want to use parts of it.

  3. On a different note: my sister is a talented little artist. She uses her blog to show off some of her stuff. I saw a couple of her new deals that I thought you might like. She also makes jewerly. I told her that when she gets here I will host a party for her so people can see her stuff. Her blog is www.thefabulouslifeofmargarita.blogspot.com. Check it out! She also has a page on facebook called sparkle and spurs that she and her friend use to show off their stuff. Her friend does jewelry only. I am a fan of it on facebook you might can look back through my page and find it. Maybe I can get on their and figure out how to suggest it to you to become a fan of it. I will play with that and see what I can get done.