I can’t think of any other time in my life where thanking nurses is so important. Nurses have given so much, some even their lives to help save COVID patients. They have long been the unsung heroes but with COVID we’ve seen stories on the news every day about the toll COVID has taken on their mental health. That’s not something I would normally think about but when you consider over 500,000 people have died in the United States alone, that’s a lot of death to deal with. I can only imagine how thankful families are for the nurses who spent hours every day giving their all to keep their loved ones alive.
Personally, I’m preparing to have a knee replacement in June and was so relieved to find out I get to go back to the same hospital. I’ve received some of the best care in my life there. When you are totally dependent on another person for everything but blinking you really appreciate every little step they take.
When I had my right knee replaced several years ago it was quite a shake as to what you would go thru after surgery. I was in the hospital for three days and could not get out of bed by myself. There were times I wished my bladder weren’t so active when I would have to use the call button again. When you really understand the care you’re getting is when you get out of bed. You are strapped with support to the nurse who helps you walk to the bathroom. They patiently wait outside time after time, maybe that’s the best time of day in which they get to sit down. I don’t know but I wouldn’t find that a good part of my day. They were so prompt with my pain meds, right on the dot every four hours, not once did I have to ask for medicine.
I’m sure you have at least one encounter with a nurse and I hope it was a good one because I believe the majority love their job and do their best.
The next time you see a nurse show your appreciation. It will make their day and I’m sure they need the lift.