Our oldest daughter has been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of eleven and is a nurse.
During her twenty four years, and counting, on the front lines of healthcare, she has worked in a nursing home, for hospice, and in one hospital for the majority of those years. Needless to say, she is no stranger to pain, suffering, heartache, and death.
She gave me permission to share a couple of posts she made to her Facebook page, about a month apart from each other. The posts offer some insight into her thoughts and experiences.
Looking At Life Through The Eyes Of A Nurse
March 30, 2020 – Weekend update: Thanks to all who texted, messaged and video-chatted to check on me. I went on Sunday (assigned to the COVID-19 floor), and had a surprisingly positive first-time experience. With so much uncertainty and negativity circulating, it’s important to try to find the good. Soooo:
1. When I headed into work yesterday I knew that I was covered in prayers, as were all of my coworkers. Thank you. It makes a difference.
2. I was paired with a “veteran” covid nurse who was amazing to work with! Because of her, I just may volunteer to go back. Seriously.
3. I know that I protected myself as best I could with the resources that were provided to me. It wasn’t perfect and I know every situation is different. And we still have so many needs, but it was doable.
4. I know that there was great wisdom in staffing two nurses per group of patients, which encourages the wearing of the N95 mask for only about two hours at a time. So smart, because wearing it is a lot different than just being fit tested for it.
5. But more importantly than all of this, I know my God. He says in His Word, He is my refuge and my fortress (Psalm 91:2). He says He will go before me, and He will never leave me (Deut 31:8). He says He is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He says I will be victorious in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And one more of my favorites from the mouth of Jesus is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Even COVID-19!
April 24, 2020 – Introducing our masked daughter, the nurse, and our two masked granddaughters. And, no, they aren’t going out to rob a bank, they are just following COVID-19 guidelines like most everyone else in the world should be following right now!
In our daughter’s words: Being out and about yesterday (with almost everyone else in town) brought to mind some words I’m just over:
“Essential” – This term was seemingly reserved for certain occupations and businesses in the beginning, but the longer we “stay-at-home” the huge truth is that every person and their jobs are essential. You’re essential, and you’re essential! Everyone is essential!!!
“Virtual” – From e-learning to participating in extracurriculars to taking trips, it is not the same. I also realize, though, that it’s an attempt to make the best out of the current situation, especially for children. Speaking of trips, I so need the beach right now, but I’d settle for a dine-in lunch at San Jose’s with my mom.
“New normal” – The way we have been instructed to live is not normal, and it doesn’t have to be forever. While I respect the rules, it just feels really weird to have to stand behind a barrier at Publix, inside a tape-drawn box on the floor, and wait to scan my app until the bagger is finished (the nice cashier actually gives those specific instructions).
One of the things that has kept me sane through all this is that I get to interact with and touch and talk with the patients I care for each weekend. These people have no family or friends with them. They are experiencing the epitome of quarantine, if you will. Granted they’ve been admitted to the hospital for various reasons, but not one patient has told me to stay six feet back. Everyone of us needs the touch and fellowship of others on a regular basis. We will hug again, people, and not just those in our own homes!
Words I’m not over and which speak life to the weariest of souls:
“Grace” – So thankful for grace! Whatever it means to reopen is going to be and feel different for each state, each family, each person. Whether you think the reopening is too soon or too late, my hope is that we can give and receive grace accordingly.
“Hope” – Whatever the economic and emotional fallout for our nation, or individually,
“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song, This cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm…” (from “In Christ Alone” by Adrienne Camp).
Well, those are some of the transparent behind-the-scenes thoughts from a nurse on the front lines.
Our daughter, whom we love so much, pray for so fervently, and whom we are so proud of for courageously and unselfishly sharing her God-given gifts and talents with those who need it most.
To God be the glory.
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!