Hi there! I haven’t posted this week because of a technical issue I’ve been having over on my end, but I promise I’ve got good stuff in the works! In the meantime I would like to start a new series of posts here on Zebra Writes. I realize that although I aim to be honest here, and honesty is not always positivity, everyone needs something to feel good about now and then (including me). So each Friday, I want to share something that will give us ALL THE FEELS. Since this past week was National Nurses week – I am starting with expressing gratitude for all of the nurses in my world.

http---www.pixteller.com-pdata-t-l-399776 (1)First, I want to start by acknowledging that I am proud to call some nurses friends. They are some of the strongest, most caring, and hardest working people I know. They walk into work everyday without knowing whether their heart will explode with love and gratitude or grief. They regularly expose themselves to trauma situations so that they can care for the people who need it most. I cannot imagine doing what you do. Thank you.

I am also so grateful for the nurses I’ve met along my journey who have been kind to me, empathized with my pain, and were interested enough about my situation to ask and to learn more. From my perspective, this is the best thing you can do for your patients, learn from them, and believe in them. I am always floored when nurses (both friends and strangers) ask to learn more about me, my experiences, and my condition. I know that nurses are incredibly busy people, and they don’t always have the time to share the patience or kindness they would like to. They have bad days just like the rest of us. For the most part though, I have had positive interactions with nurses and I am so thankful for that.

I had some of the most wonderful nurses during my hospital stay in October. They took an interest in my family, and my puppy. When my IV site blew YET AGAIN, they were gracious about putting in a new one, even though if it was 3 in the morning. They made me feel like I didn’t even need to apologize. They encouraged me to go to recreational therapy activities, and helped me down the hallway when I was deemed a fall risk. They did all of this with a smile.

So to those nurses, to the ones I know more personally, and to the ones I haven’t even met, I want you to know that you amaze me. You know so much, and still have to check in with the doctor for orders and scan in every single medication that makes my life easier, and you do it with kindness and grace. I know that you get discouraged and frustrated sometimes, but I’m here to tell you that you make a difference! I for one am so very grateful for all that you do!