“I’ll do it, if you haven’t found anyone yet“. Ronnie responding to a group text seeking a Hospice Nurse.
Hospice…..It’s an HONOR many don’t understand.
When Merrill and I were going through our personal hell, also known as Fertility Treatments, we got to know the nurses fairly well. Ask any of them why they do what they do, and they’ll tell you it’s because they’re honored to be a part of the process that escorts new life into this world. I get it, because I feel the same way about escorting a ready life out of this world. Hospice….Not many can do it, but I accept it’s one of my gifts. It is indeed a noble calling.
We tell our children that no matter what they aspire to be, be the best the at it. When my son was little and wanted to be nothing more than a ninja, I encouraged him, to be the best ninja he could be. We enrolled him in Martial Arts at a very young age, and he excelled as if he was almost born to be a ninja. As he’s grown, I see other qualities in him, that leads me to believe that he may be more like me, than I assigned him credit for. He hates bullies, and he’s also partial to helping damsel’s in distress…LOL, Romeo that he is, but he also hates injustices….and death to him…is an injustice….Meh, maybe this too shall pass with time.
He asked me what it was like to watch someone die. Thinking for a moment, I told him it was different for everyone, however, thanks to my new-found “Family First” philosophy, it gets easier. I asked the wife of my patient to, “Go take care” of herself. LOL, I wasn’t being rude, but with my own experience, I realized that a run down caregiver helps no one, especially the patient. “Son, when it’s time, you’ll know, and they’ll know”; which in hindsight might not have been the best explanation of death. If I wasn’t so married to the prospect of being the new District School Nurse, I might have explored Hospice, but I’m content right now, knowing that if God wants me to escort someone out of this world, He’ll put me there. It felt strangely comforting to hold the hand of a patient, who was almost ready to leave. Just as it was comforting to educate his wife in non-verbal communication. Not everyone can be in Hospice, just like not everyone can be an EMT, Doctor, Lawyer, Advocate, Nurse, Child Care Provider, Funeral Director….sigh…Soldier, but understand that if it’s your calling, you’ll know, and when you do, just be the best whatever God made you to be. Shoot, the money may not be great, but the blessings more than make up for your time. Hospice, it’s not weird to say that I LOVE it…..because God gave me the gifts I need to do it…..Take a moment to think about your life, and your calling. If you’re in the wrong field….you’ll feel it. Experiences and Attitudes set the tone for you to be your own Self-fulfilling Prophecy. It’s just a friendly reminder that the world does not revolve around social media, nor YOU….Whatever you do, be a blessing to someone, and someone will be a blessing to you. Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.