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A Nurse's Reflective
This weekend was difficult to say the least. Threatened with bodily harm by a visitor. We were escorted to our vehicles by security when the shift was over. Do you ever wonder why nurses even bother trying to save people’s lives or give comfort to the suffering? I guess because we care. I know if I dwell on these miserable facts it makes me really depressed. So we become a little more detached from the living. Or so it seems.
Why Do They Treat Us So....
Why do people do this to other humans? Biting the hand that comforts. It often makes me step back and look at myself. Is this why that higher power has put those people on earth to make us look at ourselves a little closer? I am no theologian that is for sure. When someone treats us badly do we not ask ourselves; what did I do wrong? I often ask myself that question. For instance, I have this little elderly person in my charge, who is depending on me for a lot of his basic needs. I have fed him, bathed him, helped him to the bathroom (and provided the normal hygiene that is required for that task), given him medicine, turned him, pulled him up in the bed, changed the sheets, et cetera, et cetera.
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Now a family member comes in and demands to know why the water pitcher has no ice, just water. Wants the oxygen cannulae changed because he says it is too rubbery (what that means I have no clue). I explain about the water that the room is warm and the ice melts quickly, they counter with well you know heart patients are always cold, I said nothing. What do you say? It’s a lose-lose situation you take it and just go on. Needless to say I went to school for a very long time to be what I am. What that is sometimes I fail to understand.
Treat Others The Way I Would Like to be Treated
I will never treat people as though they’re lesser than me ever. I don’t understand people who do. Threats of bodily harm because you are trying to save someone’s life are totally unacceptable. Who is there to watch our backs and keep us safe besides the almighty and each other. There is really no one to stop someone from coming in and going postal on us. I know it happens.
On second thought at least if that happens I was doing something to help others and I can believe I will go to a better place. The tortured soul who believes that we need not be on earth anymore is probably not going to a better place. Does the higher power forgive the mentally insane? Why do I feel as though something is chipping away at my soul? That emptiness has grown over the years. You know that empty feeling you get after a bad dream, it has become more prevalent as time goes by.
Is this a post traumatic reaction to being in the line of work that we are in? I know stories that would curl your hair, but I cannot tell them, not as myself anyway. I suppose this is a topic that is well worth delving into a little further.
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