Monday, March 11, 2013

Long Weekend

I had a long weekend. It was exhausting both physically and emotionally. First of all, Our Dodee passed away, which I will go into more detail later. Second of all, work was so busy that I didn't get a lot of sleep, and third of all, I attended 3 deaths in one weekend. Like I said draining.

Saturday night/Sunday morning I got a call to go fix a pt's catheter. Little did I know it was 41 miles away in the middle of no where. I really thought I was driving to the end of Utah.

But when I got home in the early hours of the morning I walked into this lovely sight. Love this Hoard of mine. As soon as I saw them I remembered why I work the nights/weekend shifts. I Love that I can be a stay at home working mom for these guys.

And once again my phone rang bright and early. I had only just fallen asleep and was awoken to a ringing phone. I wasn't too happy and I was so tired. However, it is always good to see the sun come up over the mountains.

The next morning I was awoken early for my third death. Each time I had to teach families about the dying process and then pronounce that same loved one. I can usually handle this well, but with our own personal experience it made the others a lot harder to get through. I was so glad when Monday came around and I didn't have to worry about my phone ringing and having to tell families bad news.

People always ask me how I can do what I do, but when you can help families and patients get through one of the hardest experiences of life it makes it all worth it. Hospice is an amazing program and allows pts to be at home surrounded by family in their last days. And after going through the whole process in my own family makes me want to be that much better of a nurse to others.

I am glad that I do what I do.


Mindy said...

You are an amazing nurse and mom. I'm so sorry about your Dodee.

linds said...

so sorry about your dodee. i am glad you do what you do too. grateful there are people like you out there to help families with this process.